Have you ever lost weight only to gain it back? Are you holding on to regrets, wishing things were the way they used to be? Has your focus on things in the past affected your ability to move forward?
It took me years, what felt like a lifetime, to reach my goal weight. It was just about three years ago when I achieved that goal, in 2013-14. You would think after working as hard as I did to get there, I would do whatever I could to stay there. And I tried. But about the same time I reached my goal weight, our family was also facing a challenge with homeschooling that required me to cut back on my gym time. In the last three years, I have managed to gain back more than half of the weight I had lost.
I regret gaining back 25 lbs of the 40+ lbs I had lost.
I regret letting my healthy habits slide (tracking my food and eating sweets, in particular).
I regret my poor choices especially when those photo memories pop up in my social media feeds, showing a leaner, fitter me.
Despite my regrets, I know the choices our family has made have been the BEST choices we could have made for our children, and I would do it all over again. I don’t regret changing things up and putting my family first. I’ve spent the last couple of years focusing on helping others with their health and fitness goals, and I don’t regret that, either. I still love helping other women look and feel their best! But my own goals have grown stagnant and that needs to change. I’ve continued working out, but those extra pounds (and inches) haven’t been budging. Some sweet friends have suggested I’ve put on muscle weight, but they are too kind. My clothes tell the truth and are feeling a bit too snug for my comfort.
I was doing Daily Burn’s live workout last week with trainer Gregg Cook when he said, “Close the door on regret.” I’ve been thinking about that statement all week. CLOSE THE DOOR ON REGRET. The past is past. I’ve become so focused on what once was, it has kept me from moving forward. So that’s what I’m doing in 2017. My goal for the year is to live intentionally, so this is the first step. I am closing the door on regret! And I’m getting back to the basics.
Here’s what I’m doing. . .
- Daily Burn’s DB365 workouts (aff link) plus teaching TRX classes at the gym
- My Fitness Pal…back to tracking EVERY SINGLE DAY and EVERY SINGLE BITE!
- Water. Lots of water.
- Tracking macros, not just calories. It worked before. It will work again.
Will you join me? I’ve been trying to share more of my journey in my Strong in ’17 group on Facebook here. And I would love for you to join me online for some of Daily Burn’s workouts or in real life for one of my TRX classes! I need all the accountability I can get, so if you use My Fitness Pal, find me (welltrainedmama) and send me a friend request. Let’s close the door on regret and move forward this year!!