Valleys and peaks are something we deal with every day. Some days we feel like we're on top of the world and other days, we're in the deepest valley struggling to get up. Whether it's with school, work, our self concept, our relationships, we've all been there.
Right now I'm most definitely in a valley. A month ago, I was at the lowest weight I'd been in a couple of years and I was feeling awesome. I was so proud of myself for working so hard and reaching my goal. If you've been reading a while, you know I frequent the gym often (5 out of 7 days) and I work hard to stay in shape.
I shared the following pictures at the end of June, when I had nearly reached my goal weight:
April 2012 vs. June 2013 (-16 lbs)
What I didn't share with you readers is that I was in a weight-loss competition at work. I wanted some motivation to lose the last 10 lbs. There were women twice my size in the competition so I knew I had no chance of winning, being that the person organizing the competition said we were basing the score on total lbs lost instead of % body weight. Well, I won. I know, I was as shocked as the next person, being that I only lost 7 lbs. I mean there were women that could have easily lost 20-30 lbs, if they put their mind to it.
I guess what I'm saying is that during the competition, I had a goal. I had motivation. I had something to lose for. The end of the competition was July 3rd and since then I have gained almost all of the weight back. I've indulged in cookies, brownies, and extra helpings, not thinking of the consequences. And since I've started my new job, I sit at a desk all day instead of being up on my feet for 12 hours. Sure, it doesn't seem like a lot, but on my smaller frame, 6 lbs shows.
So today I am making a change. I'm climbing out of the valley I'm in and I'm going to eat and work like I am competing for something. Because I want to be healthy, I want to look good and feel good and I want others to see the confidence I carry around when I feel good about myself. I want to get back to the top of the mountain.
Are there valleys and peaks you struggle with?