Thursday, November 19, 2015

Small Victories Get You There

Yesterday, I shared with my friends and family that I finally saw the 150's on the scale.  159.2 lbs to be exact.  I haven't seen anything on the scale below 160 in probably 25 years.  When I graduated high school, I was 138 lbs and within a year was over 160 lbs.  Lack of sports?  Probably.  Undiagnosed diabetes?  It's a possibility.  Poor eating habits?  Definitely.

Like a lot of teens, I thought I was fat.  My scale weight was always higher than my friends.  Looking back though, I remember people and classmates commenting on the definition of the muscles in my legs.  Thanks to diving, weights, soccer, water polo, poms and cheer, I had a certain build.  They are still there, just not as predominant, but noticeable.  Since muscle is denser than fat, I could fit into their clothes, but that didn't match what I saw on that scale.  I was also taller than most.  When we are younger, I think it's hard to grasp the concept of how all this physiology works.  At that time, I only saw a number on the scale, so while their weights were 110-118 lbs, here was me at 125-132 lbs.  I got depressed. Why am I so big?  I look back now, and as a woman, I can appreciate the athletic, toned, muscular physique I had back then.  I couldn't see it at the time, because I only saw that damn number.

Some of us get in the rut of obsessing over that number.  I know I have, and yes, it was a small victory for me to lose the weight.  It will be another small victory to get some of that definition back.  Yes, I have the mommy gut and the loose skin, and it's frustrating.  I'm still a work in progress.  I will always be a work in progress.  Getting older, wiser, and getting more of a IDGAF attitude toward what others think of me.  It really can be freeing when you reach this level of consciousness.  I still have a ways to go to my health and fitness goals, but I will celebrate the small victories as they are achieved.

What have you achieved?  What is/was a small victory that you celebrated?  Comment below!  I'd love to read it.  Let's celebrate, congratulate and motivate each other!  Enjoy your weekend!