The journey...

Life is in the journey, not the destination, so do what you can and take it one day at a time. Go slow, do it right, and make your changes permanent — then help out others who are where you were.

~Jillian Michaels

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Friday, June 26, 2009

*slap slap*


So I had this post planned out since Wednesday titled "slap slap" because I feel like I need to snap out of it. Every since the weight loss competition ended on Monday, I had two bad days in a row followed by 3 missed workouts. The times I've been to the gym, I feel it's half-heartedly and I'm just exhausted as all get out.

Shauna had said to me during water aerobics this morning, "It's okay to have an off week, just don't give up." Then I get to work today and in my email inbox this message was included from Jillian Michael's tip of the day:

Suffered a Setback? Here's How to Get Back on the Wagon

It happens — you miss a few workouts and you feel like you've fallen off the weight-loss wagon. It's tempting to mentally slap yourself around, right? (Or head for the fridge.) Before you start, I want to remind you of something: Being hard on yourself is the Old You.

The New You knows how to deal with setbacks and get back on the wagon. And after all, there are no mistakes, just learning experiences. Weight loss is a process — it takes time. You will encounter small failures — everyone does — but every pound you gain can be lost.

And if you miss a workout, it's not the end of the world! Get to the gym the next day and continue to focus on your short-term goals. Just because you made bad choices today doesn't mean you can't start over tomorrow. New day? New beginning. And don't you forget it!

I thought what Jillian had to say was perfect timing for the mental battle I've been having this week. I sorta chuckled at my desk reading it because it's as if someone told her exactly what I'd been discouraged by.

Mentally "slapping myself around" is a mild description of my thought process. It's more of an envisioning of relapse that I've so strongly been rebuking since day one. The statistics really ARE NOT in favor of one who has lost an extreme amount of weight. I read on one Weight Watchers blog that only 5% keep the weight off after losing it on the program. That day I immediately said to myself, "I'm one of 5%.", no, no...WHEN...I hit my goal weight, I'm having a shirt made that says, "1 of 5%."

I'm claiming my promises...

Ya know what, I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13) - including weight loss. I'm more than a conquerer (Ro 8:37). The mind is the battlefield and God's given me the spiritual weapons that demolish strongholds (His word, prayer, fasting...) and refute the lies of the enemy (2 Cor 10:3-5). I'm not of those who shrink back and are destroyed (Heb 10:39). God is faithful to complete the God work he began in me (Phil 1:6). Whenever I am tempted, GOD WILL provide a way out to where I can stand. (1 Cor. 10:13)

No matter what the goal you are working to attain, don't be discouraged by a set back. Learn from it and let it make you stronger! ((hugs))

Verse(s) of the Day:

Hebrews 10:39 (NIV)
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.


Kristen said...

hey girl, don't loose the faith!!

Magic Brush said...

I had a horrible week last week, but I'm back. You can do it girl. Get back on the horse.

letters to elijah said...

That's the past.. move on! Don't dwell... it does no good. What is your plan tomorrow? Will you feel good about the day 24 hours from now? it's your choice :)

God Bess,


Shauna said...

Girl that is a God thing!! do not deny it, he knew that is what you needed to read that day and he sent it to you!! He is right there cheering you on, he knows you he loves you and he will never leave you. Don't derail that train. love you

Audrey said...

That was perfect for me! HOrrible week! (you know) Im working out hard core after work...

Valerie said...

I understand that kind of feeling! Some workouts it feels like your body is fighting with you every step of the way. But you know what? You are going to do it...because the only way you won't is if you ALLOW yourself not to...and you aren't gonna do that this time! Keep it up, Mesha!