Last week I received a message that gave me a smile and made my heart leap for joy. I do tend to get a little giddy when someone has an "AHA" moment and starts to see the real progress they're making. I just have to share what she sent...
"I have struggled with this challenge because I haven't lost any weight. After I saw my pictures, I realized weight is just a number. I have been lifting weights and there is a definite difference in my body. I love lifting and feeling stronger and from now on I am just going to focus on getting in my workouts and making good choices - not the scale".
To my delight, Carrie sent her before and after pictures to show what she meant. She wasn't sure I'd be able to see the changes but I see a definite change in body shape! Don't you?!? There's no doubt in my mind that she has been putting in the "work" these past 8 weeks despite having only lost 1.6 lbs. For her, the scale isn't going to move down much but who cares? Her clothing fits better and she's building muscle that will keep her strong.
It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you have to be a specific "number" or that you have to have specific "shape". Embrace your own body frame, workout hard, eat nutritiously and allow yourself to celebrate all your successes. Even those that have nothing to do with the scale.
You may not be used to hearing those kinds of messages with all the quick fix diets out there that constantly tell you that success happens only on the scale, but that's not what we're about here, is it? Nope. We're about slow and steady. Progress over perfection. Becoming a better YOU, inside and out. We want you to be able to live healthy for a LIFETIME, crutch-free.
Thank you, Carrie T. for being brave enough to share your before/after photos and most of all, for sharing your wisdom along with your success.
p.s. It's super scary to put yourself out there for all the world to see, so let's be sure to let Carrie T know just how awesome we all think she is!