The title of this post is a great quote from Theodore Roosevelt. When I see it I think it fits nicely with where I am right now in this journey. Half the battle is trying. Half the battle is choosing to fight. So right now, we are halfway through this boot camp, and because I chose to apply and believe there was some slight sliver of a chance I might be chosen, I told myself I could do this. And look, I am doing it!!
This past week was my third week as a Mamavation Mom. I will tell you this week was hard. It was hard for a few reasons. I was sad to hear my friend and Mamavation Sista Lindsay had injured her back and was unable to continue the boot camp. Of course, I wish her well and I know she will continue to have success in her weight loss journey. The other reason this week was hard had more to do with my mental state. After a couple of weeks of pushing my body further and further into an uncomfortable territory it was ready to give up. I was exhausted. Each day I would get up and psych myself up to do my workout. I found that focusing solely on getting through that one workout was what allowed me to break past the exhaustion and the desire to give up. And as soon as the workout was done, I was good to go again. The other wonderful thing I was able to do to get past these moments of frustration was to talk with the other Mamavation Moms, past and present, about how I was feeling and what I was struggling with each day. Having someone as an accoutability partner when you are developing a new routine is a great way to set yourself up for success!
I have always heard that a habit is formed after repeating something for three weeks. I think that this is where I am right now. I am forming these new habits. I get up and do something right away. I might work out, I might run; but in any case I am burning calories before the sun is shining. Well maybe shortly thereafter! I am not skipping meals. I am thinking about what I am putting in my mouth. And please don’t let that statement fool you. When I say thinking about what I am putting in my mouth, I don’t mean obsessing over calories and that kind of thing. I mean being thoughtful about what my meal is composed of, and eating as closely to nature as I can. All of these things have been simple changes to make, little things. But put together, it has made a very large impact. I feel amazing and I am losing weight!
Speaking of loosing weight, I lost another pound this week. Bringing my total weight loss to 7 lbs since applying to be a Mamavation mom. I am just about halfway to my goal weight now. I was also very excited to note that since I got my scale after joining Mamavation in January I have lost 20.2 lbs!
And while this weight loss was thrilling, it was not my only victory this week. We had some non-scale victories as well. Starting right here:
Start Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Total Change
Weight 158.6 153.8 152.6 151.6
Bust 36 35
Waist 31 30
Hips 39 38
Arms R-11.75 L-12 R-11.0 L-11.0
Thigh R-20.5 L-19.5 R- 19 L- 17.75
So in 3 weeks I have lost 7 lbs and 7 inches!! I am pretty pleased with my results thus far and cannot wait to see how much further I can push my body in the coming weeks! Where would you like to be in three weeks? “Believe you can and you are halfway there.”