Top 10 Discoveries on My Journey Back to Health

by lizclark on August 22, 2013

Top 10THANK YOU for all the support you’ve shown as I continue this health journey!  I’ve lost 16 pounds so far and I’ve been totally PAIN FREE for FIVE WEEKS!!!  I still have a long way to go, but I am CELEBRATING success!  I’ve learned a lot during this journey and…just for fun, thought I’d share a “Top 10″ list with you!

TOP 10 Discoveries on My Journey Back to Health:

  1. I DO have knee caps!  They were just hiding under layers of fluff!  I found them after a few weeks of working out!  I bet you have them, too.
  2. The scale is in cahoots with the devil.  It sits there, looking like an innocent, inanimate object, but really…. it’s an instrument of Satan.  Ok, maybe not really.  But, really I learned that I need to STOP obsessing over that little digital number that pops up when I happen to stand on the scale.  You should stop, too.  We’re awesome no matter what the scale says.
  3. Get help.  I have started this thing on my own far too often.  This round, I needed help and I got lots of it!
  4. Keep reaching out for help.  Once I got a personal trainer, food coach and started consulting with my wellness practitioners again…I found myself trying to “hide” from them when I was having a bad day or facing major temptation. What?  I need to STAY engaged when I’m having a bad day.  HELLO!
  5. What you eat and drink really does matter.  You can’t eat fast food 75% of the time and feel good / be healthy.  At least not for long.
  6. Drink more water.  I’ve always loved water, but I had stopped drinking it as much.  I’ve been experimenting with adding lemon juice and other fruits and veggies to my water to flavor it naturally.  (My favorite is cucumber in my water!)
  7. Fight today’s battle.  You can prepare for today earlier in the week by prepping meals, etc, but you still have to fight it today.  In other words, yesterday’s excitement and dedication isn’t going to get you past Wendy’s Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger.  (Seriously, that thing is ridiculous.  Now that I typed it out…I need to revisit #4!!)
  8. Don’t wear light gray  yoga pants to the gym.  This goes out to all the already-fit people, too.  Please, stop.  It’s not cute.  Light gray seems to have a special gift for highlighting cellulite (which we all have)!
  9. Try new things, and do what you love.  This applies to both eating and exercise.  Try something and decide if it’s something you want to do again.  If not, move on.  Life’s too short to waste on a treadmill (if you hate the treadmill, like I do.)
  10. Celebrate.  Don’t get trapped in the mind games of constantly comparing your victories with others.  Everyone’s journey is unique and everyone’s body is their own.  I am so guilty of NOT being excited enough over the daily victories I’ve accomplished.  So consider this a celebratory post!

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Celebrate with me!  In the comments below, I give you FULL permission to do a little bragging – what have you accomplished on your health journey?  If you’re thinking about getting started, what’s holding you back?

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Julie August 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM

I love the light heartiness of the post but everyone of them are so very true! I especially need to concentrate on number 10!

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lizclark August 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Thank you, Julie! Yes, number 10 is hard for me, too! :)

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Becky Caldwell August 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Woohoo!!!! The Scale is from the Devil! We threw ours out two months ago. Now I’m obsessed with the tape measure and my “skinny” clothes.

And cucumber water? Yes! That stuff is delicious!

So excited for you and your progress! Me? Since I started in February, I’ve lost 15 lbs and 23 inches off various parts of my body. That’s almost 2 feet of goo! My new benchmark is being able to do a full push-up on my toes. I’m halfway there.

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lizclark August 22, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Thank you, Becky! WOW – you go girl!! Pushups make me cry. Your workout posts are INSPIRING and I look forward to the days ahead, Coach!

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AliciaC August 23, 2013 at 7:39 AM

You hid from your trainer on bad days? I would hide from her too?! lol And the pretzel bacon cheeseburger….I mean even on cheat days during that time of the month it’s needed! Gotta splurge sometimes!

Proud of you, you have grown (and shrunken) by leaps and bounds these last few months! Im happy that you are happy, healing and healthy!

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lizclark August 23, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Yes, I did hide. But, then I would text you! Never hide for long. THANK YOU for being amazing and helping me so much through so much! (And for letting me do push ups off to the side when I flip out!) Love you!

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