January Success and February Goals

What a busy last couple of weeks it’s been for me.
I’ve spent much of the last couple of weeks prioritizing my life and I took a hiatus from the internet (much needed!), I have been fighting a cold, trying out for a play that I didn’t get into, and welcoming my sister into town whom I haven’t seen since last June, but spent the week in my home. So, I’ve been busy. I am admittedly behind on my blog posts, but I have some good things to write about.
Balancing workouts and healthy eating over the last couple weeks has been my fit-priority and I am proud to say that I’ve lost a total of 6 pounds in a month of January. Although it is actually shy of my goal of 8 pounds, I still call that “success” in my book. I’ve never been much of one to focus on the scale. There are so many other things that indicate success versus failure or things that indicate our progressing health. At this point I think it will be most beneficial to do some reflecting on the past month: my successes, my failures, and reflections on life in general.
First of all, I had a lot of changing to do.  I know what my faults are and what the largest challenges for me. But I also know what I need to do to change these. I can honestly say that I’ve been successful in tackling each of these areas one at a time. I’ve never been a big fan of making too many changes at once. I’m not a big fan of crash diet or quick fixes for anything that you can’t do on a regular basis, day to day, and still do for the rest of your life. So, for myself, I have found it most beneficial to just do one thing at a time and focus on that for an entire week. And although I didn’t meet my overall goal, I very much have been successful this month. The temptation is to judge and decide not only our success or failure by the scale… but who we are as a person by the number on the scale. But no scale, no weight, no pant size, no amount of body fat determines your worth as a person or mine. For years I believed that it did and I’m done believing the lie that I am anything less than I am. One of the things that I have gone through and come to understand over the last year and a half to two years is that I actually have something to offer. I have value that is not defined by a scale. It is not defined by how successful I am in losing weight. It is not defined by how well I exercise or how fast I run the next 5k. As long as I get up and try again, I cannot ever be a failure. This is a hard battle to fight. Especially in my case, when you spend your entire life trying to live up to other people’s standards and being told you’re not enough no matter what you do. Sometimes, no one else tells you that you aren’t enough, but we still tell ourselves this.  But it’s still a lie.
You are enough.
I am enough.
Just the way I am. I am the only Lori Hare created on this earth to be exactly who I am and when I accept this is when I can be true to myself.
I am a No Excuse Mom. I am a sewer, a singer, an actress, a writer, I am many things.
But I am NOT a failure.
So, in order to assure my continual fitness success… Things will need to continue to shift and change for the month of February.
First things first, I have to set new goals.
My first goal will be a number on the scale, because it’s good to be able to measure how far you’ve come and I know I am still very far from the level of health and fitness I was before. I am going to make it a little more of a modest goals than last month and set my goal for five pounds in the month of February. It should totally be obtainable if I keep reassessing myself every week like I have been. But it also allows for the fact that I know how slow my weight loss tends to be historically.
My second goal, is to increase my work out from three times a week to four times a week. This also should be completely obtainable, as most weeks I have a little bit of extra time when I could make it to the gym one more day.
My third goal, will be to add one day a week of yoga – which could either be in addition to my days at the gym, an at home workout, or just make one of my gym sessions longer to include a yoga class. It’s become very apparent to me that I have lost my flexibility and Yoga was an important part of my fitness life before.
As I head into this next month, I will try not to get behind again! Not only is this blog important to me, it is an excellent accountability tool to know you’ll be posting to readers… plus I want people to see that they are not alone. Sometimes the odds are stacked against us, but you can do it. WE can do it.