It is week 26 of the Packed Lunch Challenge. That means it’s HALF WAY FINISHED!!! If you’ve been losing weight, if you’ve been packing your lunch this whole time, go ahead and pat yourself on the back because you’re freaking amazing!
There are times when I wish I had named this challenge something different. It started simple: Pack my lunch every day and slowly work on losing weight. I wanted to focus on health this year, on making small changes that would have a huge impact in my life. As time has gone on, I find myself posting more and more about the weight loss side of things than about packing lunch. I mean honestly, who wants to really stare at what I eat every single day for lunch? I wouldn’t.
Instead, I have been focusing on weight loss, health, and balancing things out for me. Some of you, who I am very grateful for, have been inspiring and encouraging all on your own. Some people have offered me great advice, and some people have offered me products that I have made clear I have no interest in buying. Some of you begged for recipes, some begged for organization tips. Some people came here because they found my post on how to stop shedding and thought this is a pet blog.
I have tried to be realistic and honest these last 26 weeks. I’m certainly not perfect, and weight loss is not a perfect art. If it was, and the same thing worked for everyone, wouldn’t we all be thin, fit, and healthy? There have been weeks when I literally had to drag myself to the keyboard, and force myself to write these posts because all I wanted to do was wallow in my plateau. There have been weeks I jumped for joy and wrote a post as early as possible so I wouldn’t forget every amazing thing I discovered along this path. I want to take a minute to recap what I have learned so far.
What I’ve learned in 26 weeks:
1. Sustainable weight loss is a constant effort.
Yes, I could eat nothing but salads and vegetables and be a lot thinner by now. I would have also quit and been a cranky pissed off woman.
2. Comparing yourself to others does ZERO good.
Some people can eat carbs like there is no tomorrow and have weight loss. I can’t.
3. Celebrating small goal achievements is just as important as the number on a scale.
My clothes are looser. My stomach is FINALLY showing my weight losses. I feel better. I can see the difference in my face.
4. Injuries happen. Get over it.
(Did I mention I popped a tendon in my foot AGAIN this week?) No gym time for me, but it didn’t kill me. Last night, a fever and today I am home sick with a fever. Is my life over? No, and I have many more days to make it even better. I live in pain from my back every single day. My foot constantly gives me trouble. I can either whine about it all, or I can suck it up and make the changes. I’m already hurting, so what’s a little more pain when it means one day I WON’T HURT?
5. Having a support system in place is incredibly helpful.
When your friends truly understand you’re trying to change and they help you make accommodations for family/friend gatherings it’s a blessing. When you’re allowed to pick the restaurant because you know you can get some healthier to eat there, it’s beyond compare. When someone says “how can I help?” instead of “here is how you failed”, it’s a breath of fresh air.
As I move into July, I will promise you this:
There will be no updates to my weight.
As much as I DON’T WANT TO, I feel like I need to break my scale habit right now. I don’t need to weigh myself every single day. I need to spend more time focusing on goals that are not related to a number. I need to get a plan for the gym in place and make sure I follow it. By the way every day, isn’t likely to happen. I need to take measurements and pay attention to how my clothes fit.
I need to get exercise by putting my house in order. I need to get back on track with our budget and handling our finances well. In my own weird way, I kind of feel like I have been on the ranch at the Biggest Loser house (without losing 100 lbs. ha), and it’s time to make sure that I continue my weight loss on my own AND handle the other important parts of my life.
I need to see balance in my life again instead of focusing entirely on money or entirely on weight loss. I know I can succeed at one of those things at a time, now I need to learn how to handle them all. This blog has always been written with intentional life balance. I’m going back to that a bit. So yes, weight loss will still be an important focus here, it just won’t be the only one!
I would love for you to share with me what part of your life feels out of balance? Where do you struggle the most to LIVE life to the fullest?
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