Good morning, fitblrs! Hope everyone is rocking this fine Wednesday.
First of all, I want to say hello to all my new (and old!) followers. I have no idea where all of you came from but I promise I’m friendly, and grateful for your virtual upvote. :-)
Secondly, thank you to everyone who has written in asking me to share tips/advice/whatever. Obviously I’m not a doctor or anything like that, so I can’t give you medical advice, but I am learning a lot about nutrition and fitness via experience, and I’m happy to share the things I learn with those who are maybe not quite as far along in the journey yet.
Thirdly, I wanted to address a common theme I’m seeing in a lot of the messages in my ask inbox: “I feel like a failure by comparison when I see how well you’ve done.” I have several responses to this:
Okay, so yeah, it’s important to ban the negative self-talk and the comparisons. Your journey belongs to you and you alone, so honour that by putting all your energy into positive channels that help you reach your goals, instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing. I think it’s great to surround yourself with people whom you find inspirational and to learn from them (that’s the whole reason I’m on tumblr, after all, because you guys inspire me), but be careful about putting those people on pedestals and getting in a headspace where you start to convince yourself that they’re superhuman somehow and that you could never achieve what they have achieved. I promise you, no matter how perfect some people may seem on the internet, they’re only human beings and they have good days and bad days, just like you and I have.
You can be someone who harnesses bad days as valuable experiences and uses them to learn and grow, or you can sit around and sulk and let your bad days pile up as “proof” that you’re a failure. The good news is, that decision is entirely up to you, and even if you always had an unhelpful attitude in the past, you can choose to adopt a new attitude right now.
Hopefully someone will find this little pep talk helpful. :-)
I decided to take a waist measurement because I hadn’t done so in a while… 95cm! That’s good progress, I’m finally seeing some belly fat shifting (belly is always the last to go for me).
In tumblr news, one thing that has been bothering me recently is people reblogging my progress photos (cool) and then adding comments condoning drastic or downright unhealthy ways of getting similar results (not cool). I suppose there’s nothing I can do to stop it, though, short of never posting progress shots. I just have to trust that people are smart enough to recognise the difference between the original poster and the commenters, and hopefully my own followers know that I would never get behind a comment like “you can get these results even faster if you cut to 400 calories a day and take a laxative when you plateau.”
Seriously. Hopefully it goes without saying for my followers, but just in case anyone who’s new doesn’t know, unless I specifically come in and endorse something someone says, it’s safe to assume that any comments people make are their own, for better or worse, and have nothing to do with me.
Also, any wild speculation on what “tricks” I use for fat loss is just that: wild speculation. I have never made any secret as to how I’ve lost fat and gotten fitter, because there is no secret - I eat well and I train. I don’t take diet pills, I don’t starve, I don’t do anything desperate to claw my way to a lower number on the scale.
Although I do have a number in mind of a weight I think I’ll be when I’m as fit as I want to be, it’s important to know that weight loss is NOT my primary goal, but rather a side effect of good nutrition and consistent training. In turn, the good nutrition and consistent training have been a side effect of doing the necessary psychological work, i.e. dealing with the emotional and mental issues that led me to obesity in the first place. If you’re looking for a magic solution, there it is: sort your head out, the rest will follow.
So yeah, if you see anyone using one of my pictures to spew a line about weight loss tricks, that has nothing to do with me, despite my photo being attached to it. Hopefully you guys know that already, but I thought I’d throw it out there just in case.
I hope everyone’s had a great week! Let’s get this weekend started!
I was going to apologise for the Michelle Bridges spam on your dash but it turns out I’M NOT SORRY. Everyone benefits from more Mish on their dash.
New low weight this morning - 167! 52 pounds down, 48-ish to go.
I’m really looking forward to progress photos on Saturday. August has been a huge month for me and I’m expecting excellent visual results.
Interesting that the hottest month of the year, which is normally the excuse I would use not to train in August, has been my most productive month so far in terms of fitness. So that has set the bar for every month after this, because in terms of weather it never gets worse than August.
I’m a beast!