Monday, November 4, 2013

Motivation Monday - The Ugly Truth

Happy Monday, everyone! You know what that means... time for Motivation Monday! I hope you'll come link up some motivation, workouts, recipes, advice... whatever you got!



Honesty is always the best policy, right? My birthday was the last week of October. Instead of indulging on a little cake that day, I had a week (or two) full of splurges. I'm not talking a little bite here or there. I mean I ate aalll my favorite things in large quantities and could not stop myself. It was ugly. I could feel myself going down a very slippery slope if I didn't do something about it and quickly: enter Fit 4 Christmas.

I didn't weigh in for this two week period. I knew I would hate that number staring back at me. Prepared or not, Friday did arrive. I cringed as I stepped on the scale and saw 175.6 blaring back at me. 7.5 pounds higher than my lowest since starting this journey. The highest I've been since probably July. For the past several days, I have been beating myself up over this. You know better, Tiffany. What were you thinking, Tiffany? That's not the attitude I want. All the negative self-talk puts me in a bad place. We are all our own worst critic. 

My new "before" pictures made me angry and there was that old part of me telling myself, what's the point? I have wallowed in this for 3 days and let it control my mood far more than I should. I debated holding off on sharing my weight and some pictures until the end of the challenge. But, it's a new week, and I've decided to look at it from another light. By sharing my struggles and my before pictures now, I'm letting myself let that go. I'm putting it out there to everyone, and now I feel I have more to "prove". 



The picture on the far left was taken after I'd already lost 10 pounds. Middle was at the end of the 30ds challenge and I was right around 172 (if I remember correctly). Between then and now, I had lost 4 more pounds and continued to fluctuate up and down between 168 and 172. The far right was taken Friday.

One of the main things I noticed was how much tighter my stomach was at 172. I was working out consistently and being very careful about the types of food I put in my mouth. The picture on the right may only be a 3 pound difference, but it looks like so much more. Workouts had been few and far between and the quality of food I'd been eating was just plain horrible.

Instead of letting this picture beat me down, I'm using it to motivate me during this challenge. I'm sticking this to my mirror in my bedroom where I can stare at it every day while getting ready and working out. I will never look like this again. That's a promise I'm making to myself and everyone else.

My running partner on Saturday









14 comments:

  1. Tiffany, it's okay....but listen to me: it's okay because you learned a lesson. A valuable one. It's NOT okay because you DID gain 7 plus pounds and threw all the good eating and exercising you knew out the window for two weeks. But if you learned a valuable lesson that you fully intend to not repeat, it's okay. Does that make sense?

    Re the beating ourselves up, I go against the grain. I DO believe that it IS okay to beat ourselves up when we slip like that; it's the people who say 'no big deal' that are the ones bound to repeat the slip. It's long time maintainers who know it WASN'T okay, but due to weight gain and/or feeling like crap, because that much more convinced that they do NOT want to go back to that life style, and make a stronger committment to themselves and their health to not repeat the failure. A tiny bit of something off-plan, once or twice a month; no big deal. We are all human. Two weeks of off-track? Yeah, not good. Don't sugar coat it. You were right to be upset with yourself. But look at that anger and disappointment not as a negative, but as proof that you have set higher standards for yourself and are headed in the right direction. (I think I just wrote tomorrow's post for myself, but it won't reference you at all. Just the general feelings about when we beat ourselves up, and rather we should or not.)... :)

    You got this. THAT I know!

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  2. That picture of your "running partner" I die! So cute!

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  3. You can do this! No point and dwelling on it. You can't change what you've already done so focus on the future and what you can change!

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  4. I seriously think the last 2 weeks for everyone was bad! I only went to the gym once during those weeks and I just blamed it on the seasonal change and feeling like crap. But your running partner is too darn cute and makes up for it all! You go this and I know you'll come out even stronger!

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  5. Falling off the wagon is not the issue now, getting back on is! Just get back going and in a few weeks you won't know you were off. The only thing is, remember how it made you feel so you don't get into that spot again.

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  6. I know how it hurts to see a weight gain-- especially when you think about how damn hard you worked to lose the weight the first time. But you obviously have a good game plan for the next 2 months, and you will more than lose the weight you gained during this "off" period-- I'm sure of it!

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  7. I know how you feel. I was in the same boat. But thanks to you and your Fit 4 Christmas challenge things are changing. I have worked out every day since Sunday and have done way, way, way better with watching my calorie intake this week. Thanks for giving me my Jumpstart!!

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