#MotivationMonday // When Everything Sucks | Fit and Free with Emily
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Despite the downer title, I promise this is a happy post. ;)

Last week ended on a very frustrating note for me. Even though I crushed my October goals, I came up short at my weigh-in. I saw a loss of .2lbs, which was … oh I don’t know … about 4lbs less than I wanted to see pop up on that scale. To make a long story short, I flipped out. Instead of running to the fridge and eating a block of cheese (yup, that has definitely happened before.) I reached out. I chatted with my virtual-workout buddy Tammy. I tweeted out to my followers. I emailed my registered dietitian. At the end of the day (and after I did a lot of deep breathing) I felt good about how I handled the disappointment.

For the record, the scale is now gone again until next month. Clearly it has waaaay to much control over my emotions. Hey, I never claimed to be perfect. I’m totally a work in progress.

Even though I’ve come off the cliff a bit, it’s still frustrating. It’s hard to live with that “everything sucks” attitude that, for many years, I felt every single day. I don’t want to backslide into that way of thinking. What do you do? When everything feels like it’s against you, how do you find the motivation and determination to start over again?

This is where I would usually post an inspirational quote.

But today?

This is my inspiration.

Belittling myself does nothing positive for my health journey. It is time to look inward for inspiration. Let’s face it … big picture? I’m kinda kicking butt. ;) These pictures remind me of my hard work, my strength, my determination, my success. Two of those pictures are from when I was at my lowest weight (217lbs) and best health. I have the capability to do great things, and so do you.

Take a moment to just sit with that. Stop scouring Pinterest for inspirational quotes (I do this all the time, too!) and look at yourself. YOU are pretty damn amazing. Even if you feel like everything sucks, that the world is against you, and “this is just your life,” stop. Breathe. Know that you are capable. There’s no such thing as “lucky/unlucky people”. The people who succeed are the people that put THEMSELVES as a priority. They do the ground work. They understand the importance of being selfish every now and then.

So that’s what I’m determined to do this week, and hopefully for a long time. Look inside myself, do the hard work, understand that it’s going to be really (really) hard. When opportunities (weight loss) come, I’ll know I’ve earned it.

 

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  • http://www.lifeplusrunning.com/ calee himes

    HEY. Think of this — you didn’t gain.

    I sincerely think your hormones are fucking with you, and that since estrogen is stored in fat, you’re having a HELL of a time overcoming it (vicious cycle).

    I also am not sure about the kinds of workouts you’re doing. Maybe what you’re doing doesn’t work for YOU. It could work for others, but not you. Bootcamp stuff doesn’t do me any good. What works for me, unfortunately, is good old fashioned 45-60 mins of cardio + lifting (separately). Cardio first because I want to burn off fat. Lifting (lower weight, higher reps) afterwards to take advantage of the burn from cardio.

    Also — I’m with Lauren on this one (after reading her tweet). 1,000 is a HUGE deficit. I lose weight best when I’m working on a 200-300 calorie deficit. You see slower results (but honestly, you’re not seeing any right now), but it’s easier to stick to in the long run. You will have more energy to power through your workouts. She stuck to a huge deficit / worked out all the time, and now has a major issue losing. I think I’m there too after this summer, and it freaking sucks.

    AND. I can’t remember if you’ve read Making the Cut. I know you have more than vanity weight to lose, but knowing what kind of metabolism you have will help you eat for it and maybe lose weight. I’ve quit gaining at least since I started eating more carbs and less protein (the opposite of what everybody ever tells you to do). I try to go more protein heavy on days that I do strength training, and the day after, but otherwise, I stick to the way I used to eat (sans faux foods!).

    Hang in there. Looks like you’re off to a great start with your attitude!

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      Thanks for all the awesome advice, as usual, Calee!!

      I’m definitely upping my cardio, especially now that the weather is keeping us indoors. That treadmill is gonna be BURNIN’ up! :) I haven’t read Making The Cut yet, but it’s definitely on my list! I’m finishing Unlimited now, and I just picked up Master Your Metabolism this weekend. Seriously, I love her.

  • http://twitter.com/Brownie8727 Samantha

    You are seriously the most inspirational friend!!! I am so PROUD of the way you handled your slight setback on Friday. I know I’ve been there many a time, and I’ll make sure to remember this awesome post every time I find myself there in the future.

    There is nothing stopping us now. We have to keep on believing in ourselves. Keep up the amazing work!! <3 you friend!!! xoxo

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      Nothing stopping us but ourselves, right? I love that quote you posted earlier … about ourselves being the problem AND the solution. Let’s focus on the latter!

  • http://www.journeyofadreamer.com/ Courtney

    I freaking love this. I know it sucks when you don’t see the results you expect or think you deserve. Our bodies can just be bitchy that way. But you ARE putting in the work and WILL see the reward, maybe not last month… but it will eventually catch up with you. You are amazing and inspiring. LOVE YOU!

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      Oh haaaay there, Miss Handstand Rockstar!! ;) I’d say we’re both pretty awesome lately! LOVE YA!

  • http://www.stephadamo.com/ Stephanie Fink

    Really really great post. This is what it’s all about. I get so sick of Pinterest showing me the life i *could* have. You know what? Life is beautiful, damn it. Thank you for reminding me.

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      Life IS beautiful!! :D

  • http://twitter.com/dose_of_me Joanna

    I love this. It explains why I keep my little blog. Even when the scale and other thing aren’t going my way, I look back at my blog posts that documented all my runs, workouts and healthy meals. After looking at my posts, I know I’ve done WORK and I’m proud–even without the results I wanted. If you know you’re doing your best, remember that! :)

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      Blogging really is a great way to document this journey, right? It’s really fun to look back and see the true progress we’ve made.

  • Courtney

    Love the new attitude! So happy your are looking to yourself for inspiration! You’re the best person to motivate YOU! You got this girl! ;)

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      It also helps that I have super awesome people like YOU around to kick start that motivation every now and then!

  • http://www.losingitandlovingit.com/blog Angie Newton

    You are most definitely kicking butt! Bye bye scale. Have a great week!

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      You too, Angie! :)

  • Jayme

    Great attitude. Disappointments are hard, but looks like you kicked this one’s butt. Here’s to a great November!

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      Thank you, Jayme! Yes, here’s to a rockin’ November :)





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