Hello everyone! It’s week 23! We’re almost to the half way mark! Wooohoooo! I can’t believe how much time has flown by! It’s JUNE. It’s almost officially summer time!
This week was a weird and interesting week for me. After all the activity last weekend, and the ever increasing heat in the good ole Arkansas summer, we’ve been lounging around quite a bit! It’s pretty difficult to get moving when you’re constantly hot.
I’ve also been hinting at some financial stuff we have going on, and let me tell you, the stress level on that this week was high…very high. Although it all ended well, and when everything is signed, sealed, and done, I’ll share it all, let’s just say, there were a few days of intense stress in my life this week! Here’s a little photo recap from good ole Instagram.
I tried the new Special K with Cinnamon cereal with protein, and can I just say, it’s incredibly good. I was smart and took a measuring cup with me to work, otherwise, I could have eaten a whole box of it. 🙁 There is also the boob issue, it gets old. QUICK. My husband also made me a scrambled “omelet” for breakfast this week, where I really reached outside of my comfort zone and had some mushrooms added in to it. They weren’t bad, but it’s something I am going to have to learn to like I think. Finally, I took the view from the back to see how long my hair is, because it’s been otu of control lately, and OMG it’s LONG.
What I noticed more though is that the shirt I am wearing in the photo “fit” when I started this journey. In fact, I bought it right before I decided to work on losing weight. Also, ummm, am I starting to get a waist again? Maybe? I dunno, we’ll see for sure in a few minutes when I take my updated weight loss photos.
Speaking of weight loss (and I’ll give you the numbers shortly), I really want to talk about something I saw happen this week. To make a long story short, and to get to my thoughts behind it as quickly as possible, a woman is believed to have been subtly scamming people for financial assistance by being a weight loss inspiration. I won’t comment on my thoughts on that, but I will comment on something else I saw. Something, that I believe is very wrong to the core.
First, let me say, when someone is being shady, I am the first person who will stand up on call them out on their B.S. I hate liars, and I hate thieves. But, what I saw went far beyond calling someone out. It turned into a personal attack on her looks, and her obvious “FAILURES” for not losing more weight faster.
Short of just feeling the ultimately brave and powerful, and frankly, getting sick of trying to figure out my weight loss every week, I finally decided to use this as an incentive to show you the whole picture of my weight loss journey. This week, I am down 2 lbs. again.
I don’t think I have ever seen a weight loss graph that’s a straight line. Some of the big dips in mine are days that water weight came off, which can cause 10lb. fluctuations for me. Some of the ups are from not watching my diet closely, or *gasp* constipation. At the end of the day, what this graph shows, is two things:
1. I haven’t quit trying.
2. I’m slowly learning what does and doesn’t work for my body.
Sure, I could go out, and buy lots of weight loss gimmick crap and lose the weight faster. Sure, I could go follow some other diet program, and lose weight faster. Instead, what I am trying to do is figure out how to balance my lifestyle, with my eating. That’s MY journey. In almost 6 months, I have lost 20 lbs., and I am DAMN proud of those 20 lbs. because I did it without gimmicks, without a gym, without trainers, without surgery and I LEARNED something from it.
I’m not sure how to express what I feel about the people who feel like they are superior to others because they did it better, faster, or walked a different path. If you work harder and get faster results, all I can do is applaud you for superior efforts. What I find sad, is that some people, no matter how superior the effort, can’t find it in their hearts to applaud the mediocre or average efforts of others.
In this, I feel compelled to challenge you to this:
If you’re superior in your efforts, say “Hello” to the person you see struggling. Tell them you notice the changes they’ve made as you pass them on the jogging trail. Inspire, encourage and don’t make fun of the people who walk a different journey. Use your hands to lift people up instead of pushing them down. Be superior in your ATTITUDE and not your weight loss. Try it for one week and let me know how it made you feel to have a SUPERIOR ATTITUDE.