My Adidas, in still life, with special Nike+iPod sensor pouch. May, 2010
So here we are in May, officially four months after Project Eat Less, Move More began. Shall we look at the progress thus far?
Ahhh. There we are. Interestingly enough, this photo doesn't look a whole lot different from last month's photo:
And it would make sense, because I've only dropped 3.6 pounds during the past month. However, the other numbers have continued to move, which tells me this: the plan is working.
Now I've reached the point where I can look at the before and after and be both proud of what I've accomplished and inspired to continue on:
Oh yeah, mama. Much less Weeble-like today, wouldn't you agree?
And what do I continue to learn? What is the secret? What is the magic bullet of success in weight loss and overall fitness?
There is none.
There is nothing magical about it. It is physics, pure and simple. Move more, eat less.
And yet, it's not really that simple, is it? Because for many of us, myself included, making the decision to move more is not simple. What is simple is to sit on a big recliner, eating potato chips and watching your favorite TV shows on Hulu.
It is not simple to make exercise the very first priority in your day, not when you have a million other things that are also calling for your urgent attention. You know, things like jobs, kids, significant others and life in general.
It is not simple to ensure that all the food you prepare and eat is healthy and nutritious.
It is not simple to break free from the love [read: addiction] of and to all those sugar-laden, processed food craps that make our brains feel blissful.
And finally, once you DO manage to get a moderate handle on all of this stuff, it is not simple to make this healthy lifestyle stick.
So what I am continuing to learn is this:
1. Trust that my body is capable of doing more than I give it credit for.
2. Understand that by putting really good stuff into it, it is going to feel better overall.
3. Realize that if my goal is only to lose weight, I'm not really getting the point of a so-called healthy lifestyle.
4. Revel in the act of putting on a pair of jeans I haven't worn since early 2008 because they now fit—comfortably.
5. Accept that brownies are delicious and I can still eat them.
6. Know that wagon jumps are going to happen and they don't have to derail my entire effort.
7. Embrace slow and steady, and breathe.
Do you want to join in and document your journey to generalized better health and fitness? My fitness templates are available here and here. And if you'd like to share and connect with others who are documenting this journey via our beloved scrapbooking method, I've formed a Tales from the Scales Flickr Group here. Feel free to share your layouts with each other and support and encourage one another in your efforts.