Thank you guys for putting up with me and my whining lately about scale frustrations, Biggest Loser delusions and pitting edema frustrations. I watched the video from last night with me ranting about The Biggest Loser and felt foolish doing so. In the end, sometimes I need to hear myself say things out loud in order to get over them. Saying affirmations or repeating quotes I've found soothing often helps me. These are the ones I was repeating today:
- The scale does not have power over me. I choose to power my body and fuel it with powerful things.
- I am running my own race. Everyone else's race is irrelevant.
- “It does not matter how slow you go as long as you don't stop” – Confucious
When I was at the gym this morning, I had my phone with me inside. I normally don't take it in, but out of habit of taking it everywhere, I lugged it inside with me. It was a low intensity day, which means about 60 minutes of me going at a fairly slow pace, keeping my heart rate low. When I first started with Trainer Rob, I lamented that it was SO.BORING. because it was so slow. My heart wasn't conditioned, so it couldn't handle going faster than a turtle crawl at zero incline. Today, I noticed something different with my body. I snapped a picture with my phone, and compared it with this picture that I posted a few weeks back.
Do you see that?! This is my picture of progress. Not feet on my scale, but my heart and body being more fit. Proof is in the picture! To keep my heart rate at 134 before, I had to go at 2.0 speed with 0 incline. Now? 2.7 speed with 2.5 incline! This progress happened in a matter of exactly 3 weeks. Nuts.
This picture is going in my purse, in my car, and on my refrigerator. I am making progress. True, identifiable progress. I am proud.
How are you keeping your head “in the game” when things at first glance don't seem to be going perfectly? Do you tell yourself affirmations? Have you looked for other proof that you are achieving success?