Weight Loss is Not a Race

The following post is sponsored by Nutrisystem.

It’s easy to look at yourself every day and think about all that you haven’t accomplished.  Whether the evening is your measuring time, reflecting on that day’s “to do” list, or the morning, when you consider where you’re going and how you’re going to get there… we tend to think about all we haven’t done.

There's No Race in Weight LossI’ve been using Nutrisystem for almost 4 months now.  To this date, I have lost a total of 12 pounds.  Yet, every day that I wake and measure how I feel within my skin (sometimes on the scale) I find myself easily discouraged about my weight loss.  I think about what I haven’t done.  I haven’t reached the 15 pounds I wanted to reach as of yet.  I haven’t been able to be consistent in the loss, sometimes gaining and losing the same 2 pounds week after week.  I haven’t found myself ‘satisfied’ with my accomplishment.

Which is just silly.  Simply silly.  I’ve lost 12 pounds!  12!  I am more aware now than ever of meal portion size, of taking the time to feel full, of how I feel when I’m full, of drinking more water, and am making contentious choices when it comes to foods that aren’t part of the Nutrisystem plan.  I feel better than I have in a long time, fit into clothes that I haven’t fit into in years and am adamant that I *will* not gain the weight back.

So, while my next step is to find an appropriate way to maintain my body weight, I find that I do need to take just one moment to recognize the accomplishments I’ve made and not so easily discard them.  So tomorrow morning, I’m going to make a point to not just measure how I feel in my skin with that morning’s waking, but will also consider how much better I feel in general.  I will go to bed in the evening not chastising myself for the expansion of the to do list, but will congratulate myself in making good choices for the day.

As my Nutrisystem coordinator reminds me weekly, this is not a race.  But it is a journey.  Not every week will be full of major changes, but there are changes, this is progress.

And I couldn’t agree more!

* Disclosure:  Nutrisystem is providing me with 4 months of their program at no charge in return for my unbiased review.  If you want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem, join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog

Gina St. Aubin
Gina St. Aubin is a former Victim’s Advocate who now advocates for those with intellectual and physical challenges. Her eldest son is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Electrical Status Epilepticus during Sleep / Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (a rare epileptic disorder causing verbal aphasia) and Developmental Delays. In June, 2012, her son also underwent a successful hemispherectomy. Gina is the editor, author and owner of Special Happens, serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the SPD Foundation, and resides in Colorado where she is a mother of 3, wife, blogger, writer and special needs advocate. You can reach Gina through various Special Happens connections on Facebook and Twitter, or email her directly.
Gina St. Aubin
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2 Responses to Weight Loss is Not a Race

  1. Losing weight is a challenging task, there are so many people are suffering with this problem. All are thinking it is very difficult, but actually not, with the proper diet and planning we can get the best structure and fitness to the body.

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