Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Valleys and Peaks

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?
 
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14 comments:

Tami said...

I fluctuate a ton up and down in weight too, usually with the seasons. I have to have something motivating me to workout. Hence, the winter months when there's no chance of being seen in a bikini, this girl rarely sees the gym!

The Peanut Program said...

I can't tell you how much this sounds like myself. I was working out like crazy when I had a trip to Mexico planned. After that, I have been to the gym maybe 5 times. I think we should try and set our own goals for ourselves and really stick to them! good luck with your personal challenge <3!

Heather Marie said...

good for you!!! you are doing an AWESOME job. it is so hard to continue to be motivated. but you can totally do it!!

Venus Trapped In Mars said...

We can motivate each other!!!!!! GET GET GET, Get it girl!

brooke lyn said...

sitting at a desk all day is the worst. i hate it!!!!!! you'll get back on track lady :)

Helene in Between said...

You got this girl! And I think you look so great. Weight loss (at least for me) is always such a struggle!

RitaMarie said...

You look great- before and after! I know the huge struggle of weight loss- it is HARD!

Jay T said...

You look great! But I know that a huge part of it is how you feel. When I feel bloated and flabby it doesn't matter what people tell me, because it's how I FEEL. Props to you for getting yourself out of this valley!

Kaylin said...

This is awesome. Congratulations. Keep it going lady, the hard work is totally paying off!!!

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

Dang girl, congrats, keep it up!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Amie said...

Thank you for this post! I am definitely in a valley with my weight as well. I know how you feel! It is so much easier to manage your weight when you are being challenged by others, but it is hard to motivate myself. I'm hoping I can get out of this soon!

LaurenMarie said...

Congrats on the weight loss and winning the competition. I am a nurse too and I hate to say it but sometimes we have a stereotype that follows us that we are stress eaters and don't follow what we preach. You looked great in the before picture but it is nice to document how far you have come :) I think my valleys and peaks come with the seasons. I feel super motivated in the summer but not so much in the winter.

the florkens said...

Wow! You are banging!! Hot stuff coming through!!!

-Kate
www.theflorkens.com

Hallie Oceanside said...

You go girl! You look awesome, and I totally agree with everything that you said, I am in the same boat!

Keep it up love:)