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A couple of years ago, I hit my breaking point weight wise and decided I needed to lose it. At that time I went from a size 12 to a size 8 in about 5 months. I found the motivation to work out, to eat so much better than I had been & put myself first which can be so hard to do.
Long story short, after too many spoonful's of nutella and not enough squats, I'm somehow back all to comfortably in my size 12 jeans.
For me I'm constantly struggling with the whole size thing. I say this because when I was rocking my size 8 jeans and dresses, I felt incredible. I was confident & ready for the world. But I'm not going to pretend that there weren't days where I was oddly disappointed that I wasn't a size 6 or that I didn't have more muscle definition everywhere. And the same thing goes for when I'm in my size 12 jeans. I rock a good pair of high waist pants & a crop top. But there are a fair share of days where I just don't feel confident.
It's really hard to lose or gain weight when you're constantly back & forth with confidence & insecurites. I have great confidence when I'm both sizes & I'm genuinely happy with both sizes. Finding & keeping motivation is so tricky & now that I've made the real decision and have been putting in effort to get my butt back into my size 8 jeans, I have to find this motivation that I lost all over again.
I've been thinking back to when I lost the weight to see what the heck I did to make it easier. Because this time around, I'm struggling to eat better whereas working out has not been a struggle at all. I have always firmly felt & expressed that I never want to ever feel guilty for eating any kind of food. I know that there are days where I need pizza and when I eat a slice, I don't ever want to feel guilty. But I need to figure out, what do I do when I want that second piece that I really don't need?
I'm finding it harder to get into those healthy habits all over again. When the weight came off the first time, I was substituting one meal with a protein shake that I made at home with fresh fruits or veggies with chia seeds and protein powder. I was having smaller, healthier snacks throughout the day. I was eating off of smaller plates & bowls to trick my mind that I was still filling a (smaller) plate with food. Once a week I eliminated all of those bad carbs and instead focused on eating veggies, fruit, rice, fish, etc.
All of those small changes really helped me. And in my mind, I know that they are the habits I need to form again, but why is this so hard all of the sudden?
What's weird for me this time around, is I am being held accountable. I have committed to having my measurements & weight taken on a monthly basis a the kickboxing place I workout at. So I'm being measured by one of the trainers who is helping me. And I know that each month I'm not going to be losing significant inches and that any improvement is an improvement. Whereas last time, it was just me. No gyms, nobody else, it was just myself doing my own thing. But this time, I cannot seem to consistently get into these good habits!
I have set goals but maybe I need to alter them. I have my favorite pair of size 8 jeans & my favorite size 8 dress hanging outside my closet so I'm always seeing them. I'm going to be in a wedding next year and I want to look as good as I possibly can! I have long term goals- but perhaps I need short term goals too?
I don't know why getting back into this routine is really difficult but I need to try something to get me into gear a little more! What are some things you have tried? I've seen people do things like the pictures below. What has worked for you guys?
PS: I focus more on inches or pant sizes lost & I worry less about the actual weight number I see on the scale!
I'm looking for anything & everything so leave your comments & tips!
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