Slow and Steady “Wins” the Race

While weight loss is not a competition, I want to refer to the old adage from “The Tortoise and the Hair.” Weight loss is like the tortoise’s adventure….the moral lesson of the story is that you can be more successful by doing things slowly and steadily, than be acting quickly and carelessly.

Slow and Steady:  nutrition planning, meal prepping, regular strength and cardio workouts, eating an 80/20 diet (80% whole, and 20% cheats)

Quickly and Carelessly:  fad diets, liquid meals, skipping meals, crash dieting, miracle pills

Last fall I wore the Vince Camuto skirt in the featured photo. Below, a year later, is my slow and steady progress from regular workouts, meal prepping, and nutrition planning.  I put on the same skirt and it is TOO BIG.  The photo taken from the front is more difficult to see my progress but the side view photo clearly shows how much fat I loss around my stomach. I admit that it’s challenging to stick with something over time (for me, an entire year!) and not get frustrated, but I am really happy with my results.  Yes, I’m still plugging away at decreasing my body fat, so the slow and steadiness continues…

There are some really good things that I’ve learned over the course of a year. The first is that I didn’t have to give up my social life in order to get more closely aligned with my health and fitness goals. Clearly, I just needed to plan more wisely.  I needed to plan my cheats and I needed to focus on not eating mindlessly. I still struggle with this but my habits are so much better than they were a year ago.  Again, I get frustrated…I want to eat out more often than most human beings on planet earth. I want to go to happy hour with my friends all of the time.  I want to have those special snacks and treats that lay around my office every day. Sometimes self discipline really sucks because I have to have will power that is stronger than strong. In the long run, making good decisions and choices put me closer to reaching my goals.  SO FOCUS.  Which brings me my second talking point:  I really learned to prioritize what was important to me. For example, what was important in terms of quality of time spent with others, events that were important to me, and what people/characteristics/activities helped me to be a better person and a better version of myself. I downsized and ended up finding more healthier, balanced relationships. And, of course, the relationship that counts the most is the one that you have with yourself.

All of this has been done with the help of an exceptional coach and fitness trainer. It takes a village.  I’d like to think that I could do this on my own, but I’ve been really fortunate to have a great support system.

Every struggle is a lesson and I’ve learned a lot of lessons this past year.

Workout Summary for the Week of September 10:

Sunday:  Clayton Trail Run

Monday: Strength @ F2C

Tuesday:  Cardio @ F2C

Wednesday: Strength at F2C

Thursday:  Cardio @ F2C

Friday:  Strength @ F2C

Saturday:  Day of Rest

 

Workout Summary for the Week of September 17:

Sunday:  Clayton Trail Run

Monday:  Strength @ F2C

Tuesday:  Day of Rest

Wednesday: Strength @ F2C

Thursday:  Clayton Trail Run

Friday: Strength at F2C

 

 

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