A few months ago I started a new workout/fitness routine. For six weeks, well seven due to a small set back, I ate as clean as possible and worked out three to four times a week. I struggled in the beginning but by the end I had settled into a routine and felt better than I have in years.
For the first few weeks I was losing weight and I was fitting into clothes that I haven’t been able to for some time. Then something changed and I not only stopped losing weight but I actually started to gain back what I had already lost. Yes, I know, muscle weighs more than fat but that wasn’t what was happening. It was almost like my body began to protest and just refused to drop weight.
So in the end I failed. I did not accomplish what I set out to do. Am I disappointed? Yes. Am I angry with myself? Of course. But am I giving up? Absolutely not! There is no way we can win at everything we try. We will all fail at something in our lives. How we react to such failures is the important part.
For the last two weeks I have thought over every step taken. I thought of everything I ate and every movement taken during workouts. Maybe I missed a breakfast, (I tend to sleep in sometimes). Maybe I ate some form of carb at night when I should have stopped at lunch. Maybe I didn’t work out as hard as I should have. I’m not exactly sure where I fell off the rails but excuses will not fix things. Behavior changes are what will make the difference.
So I will start again. I will hit the gym hard and make sure I am eating clean. I will ask questions when I need to and listen to those who have been successful in their own weight loss programs. This will not defeat me!