Blogging challenge week two: Positivity

Weigh in day

Previous weight: 103.8kg.
Today’s weight: 102.5kg.
1.3kg loss

First up I have to apologise if I ramble a wee little bit tonight. I have the worst case of flu that I’ve had in a long time and I’m dosed up on cold/flu tablets and getting a little sleepy. Probably not the best time to start blogging, but this blogging challenge ends at midnight, so I have to do it now!

So this weeks challenge is to look at what are you actually TAKING up? What are you giving yourself? Are you learning something new? Taking up a new sport? Giving yourself a social life?

I had to stop and think about this challenge, again like last week. Because apart from the obvious answers I had to wonder if there was anything else I was giving myself or learning. Turns out – there is.

First things first – What am I taking up, am I learning something new?
Hellsyeah! I am going to become a runner! Well that’s the overall objective – my aim by the end of the year is to be able to run my little route (which I’ll have extended by then to be about 7km) non-stop. This is a work in progress obviously – I’m still struggling just to get my butt out of bed in the mornings to do it and I procrastinate about doing it when I get home from work. But I’ll get there, because this is something that I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always envied those women that I would see while driving home from work, who just made it look effortless – and I really wanted to be one of those women. You know – the ones who come home, chuck on some leggings, put on their sneakers and off they go out of the house. By the end of this year – that will be me. Hopefully by the end of Round 1 of 12WBT that will be me. But that of course means I need to stop procrastinating!

Secondly- What am I giving myself?
This one is a bit of a two parter. I will be giving myself some physical rewards for reaching goals/milestones. Currently they’re all weight based rewards, but I’m thinking of adding a few rewards for reaching milestones in my shuffling/running. Although it’s something I want, maybe with the added bonus of physical rewards, I might get even more enthusiastic about doing the actual running part.

The other thing I’m going to give myself is the approval to go slowly. To take my time losing weight and not rush it. To say to myself that it’s okay if I don’t lose weight every week, that it’s not the end of the road or the world if I might gain a little one week over the next. The one thing I’ve learnt about my body over the last eight weeks is that there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of consistency with it. I can eat well and exercise well, but I can still gain weight – even though the “science” of weight loss says I should have lost weight – being at least 7,000 calories in deficit for the week etc. At first this got me so down, and I would stress myself so much about what I was or wasn’t doing right or wrong – it was doing my head in. So I’m going to say to myself from now on – “Don’t worry, don’t stress – just continue”. The weight will fall off eventually, the fitness will get better and better and I will reach my goal weight. When will I get there? Who knows, but I will and that’s the main thing!

So with that I’m going to leave you tonight. Absolutely knackered. But before I go I want to send a big shout-out to Amanda over at Up and Running. Amanda left me a comment the other day on my Struggle street post, and I’ve been thinking about it again and again over the last couple of days – especially yesterday and today what with being sick and not moving from the couch or doing any exercise. Every time I go back and read her comment I smile, and it was her words that really helped me write my post tonight. And now, just so I don’t have to go back to that one post again and again I’ve put her comment into a pretty graphic, that I’m going to share here and have also printed out and put on my pinboard. It’s (to me anyway) great motivation. Thank you again Amanda.


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