I was worried about what would happen in the weeks after I finished the program. Strangely, the end was just as the beginning. Déjà vu. These are the exact words from my first blog “I didn’t know what to expect. I was scared of failure. I was scared of the changes and sacrifices that I knew would come” (and in this case, continue). Can I keep this up? Was it just a temporary thing? How will I do without a weekly meeting and constant encouragement? I am doing just fine…I think! In addition to finishing the 12 week Fit Mind Fit Body program, I am starting a new job after 18 years. That is equally as scary to me. It is difficult to leave things that are familiar to you. My job is familiar to me. Overeating and not exercising were also familiar to me. So, I say, change is good. Nothing is meant to stay the same forever. In a previous blog, I mentioned that I am a five time ovarian cancer survivor. I have a standing appointment with an oncologist every 3 months. They check blood test, take my vitals and do an exam. This is the first time I have seen the oncologist since starting the program. I step on the scale and can’t wait to see what they say about any changes. I am 318.6 which is up 0.2 pounds from last week. It is the first time I have been up since the beginning of the program but down almost 20 pounds since I last saw them. With the stress of moving to a new job, I have not followed all of the rules. But, I will get back on track right away. My gift to myself for completing the program was an unlimited personal training package. I am making room for a healthy lifestyle and planning everything else around that. Because I am up a tiny bit, I know I need to adjust my eating and possibly exercise routine. I could easily get discouraged but I pulled out my motivation cards, reviewed great memories from losing weight and am making an eating plan for the week. Planning was one of the hardest skills for me, but nothing is impossible. Mission 1 this week is to stick to an eating plan and be more mindful about tracking calories. Here we go, this is not a test. I repeat, this is not a test. The training wheels are off, time to implement what I have learned. Feel free to follow my progress and let me know what you do to keep yourself motivated when you could get discouraged.
Written by PurplePearls