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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Realistic Expectations For My Body

It is not an easy thing to align your mind and body. My mind thinks I should be at least eight pounds lighter and my body is like - hold up, that's going to take some time!

Two months ago I was pass my target weight. I was doing great, feeling fit and had a little extra energy. Then I went on vacation.

Where I had a great time! We went back to the Carolinas, our hometown, for an entire month to visit friends and family. I did so well for the first week or so, but then I began to slip. How do I say no to Chick-fil-a chicken nuggets smothered in BBQ sauce, my mom's homemade mac and cheese and ice cream for an afternoon snack?

Actually, don't answer that.

I know I'm not the only one coming out of summer with vacation body. It is a shape, just a little more round than I would like. Now that I'm back into my normal routine and eating patterns, it's hard to wait patiently for the pounds to melt back off.

I need to set some realistic expectations for my body. Especially as we head into a season of traditional food abundance, sports games that encourage that extra drink and pumpkin spice lattes (yes, I know I have a problem).

I am easing back into my workout routine consisting of yoga and running. I'm also reducing my portion sizes for meals and cutting out most snacking. But it just doesn't seem to be enough and I'm getting frustrated with myself.

Now I just have to wait and not get discouraged by the numbers on the scale. Right, that's about as easy as waking up one morning and saying, "I'm just going to run a marathon today."

Then it hit me, what I was missing...a good attitude. Thankfully, my clothes still fit and I'm already focusing my efforts to bettering myself. All I have left to change is my perspective. I need to focus my energy on the positive things.

I need to love myself right where I am.

You know what, I had a great vacation and spent my time with some awesome people eating delicious food I don't often get. Why am I beating myself up over this? It will all be okay.

The only way to change my body is to bring my habits back around to the healthy state. I am actively doing that. I don't want to stay at my current weight, but I don't want to push myself pass my breaking point over worry for something so vain.

I will focus on the positive. I will meet myself where I am at and love myself right now, round and all. Then I can cultivate the energy I so miss and feel better about myself, today.

I hope that for you too. Love yourself right where you are. Even as you take steps to better yourself, be happy in this moment because that is all we have. Give yourself time to adjust and forgiveness when you slip.

Today is a brand new day and so is tomorrow. Love yourself today. Love yourself tomorrow. Love yourself for just being you. Because you are awesome!

Title Photo by Imani Clovis on Unsplash

Have an Inspired Day!


  1. I'm with you. My vacations tend to ruin most of the hard work of the rest of the year. I'm trying to get back in shape, but it's being hard as I've also been working overtime with no time left to hit the gym.
    We'll get there. It may take a bit longer but we'll get there.
    Thank you for joining The Really Crafty Link Party this week. I think all of us face this problem at a given point in our lives and it's always good to feel we are not alone.

  2. Yes, it feels good to know I'm not alone. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It will happen in its own time, we just have to keep doing the best we can.

  3. I am the same. Trouble is with me I work from home so tend to eat more. You are so right about "Today is a brand new day and so is tomorrow. Love yourself today. Love yourself tomorrow".

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays :) Hope you can join us today.

    1. Thanks! I hear you, it is not an easy thing to eat well. Autumn is hitting me hard. Not only am I more social, which makes me eat more as I'm out with people, but the cold doesn't help either. Still, it all works out and I'm trying to love myself right where I am. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!


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