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Victory Equals Motivation

Yesterday after I hit publish on my post, I went to finish getting ready for work. I had been standing in the bathroom checking out my “abs” in the mirror before pulling my dress over my head. I thought, hey…there seems to be a little more definition here today. I then looked over at the scale in the corner and winced. Dare I? Dare I step on that scale only to be disappointed to see the same fucking number that has been staring me in the face for almost a year now?

You see, about a month ago I told myself no more. I am not going to step on that scale for a long time because I cant handle the defeat. I work out too hard to let that scale define me. But yesterday morning, I had an extra moment and all the fear seeped back in. I looked in the mirror again, sighed heavily and stepped on the scale.

As it was registering the numbers I said to myself, well if that number is higher there is a good reason for it. I tend to weigh a little more this week than any other week in the month. I had considered stepping off before I saw the number but too late. I looked down and I could see something register. But wait. This cant be? I stepped off, waited for it to clear and stepped back on.

Wow. I stared down at the number until it disappeared. It has been a month since my last defeat. A month of side eying that scale every time I pass it to grab my make up in the morning. In that month of not knowing. That month of not letting a number define me. In that month…I lost 7 pounds. I finally. FINALLY. got over that plateau.

I feel more motivated now than ever to continue pushing on. I am not done yet. And you know what, the scale and I….we will meet again in a few weeks. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But in a few weeks. Because checking that number every day does no good. Checking that number every day holds me back.

I say all of this to say, keep going. This isn’t just a weight thing, but a life thing. Sure, you might not be getting what you want right now. But if you continue to believe that you deserve it and you can achieve it, then it will be yours. Just take it a day at a time, and after a few weeks or months have passed take a look at your progress. You may be pleasantly surprised.

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  • Reply Kristen May 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

    You know how happy I am for you. Seriously. So so happy.

  • Reply Jenn @ Business, Life & Design May 21, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Nice! Way to go! I think you’re absolutely right about not checking it every day. Because there are so many small fluctuations day to day that make it hard to see the overall trend. But yeah, getting past the plateau is hella difficult, and while it’s still a lot of work after that, you’ve done the hardest bit. Good job!

  • Reply Morgan May 21, 2015 at 10:07 am

    That’s AWESOME!! I’ve learned not to step on the scale everyday either. Congratulations on such a success!!

  • Reply Ashley May 21, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Congrats!! Seeing a lower number on the scale is the best thing! Keep pushing! Good luck!

  • Reply Laura May 21, 2015 at 10:47 am

    YAY!!!!!!! That is so awesome. I am so so so happy for you!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista May 21, 2015 at 10:51 am

    CONGRATS girl! That’s awesome, such an amazing feeling 😀

  • Reply Julia @ Grace Makes New May 21, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Congrats and way to go, I KNOW so well how frustrating a plateau is and how exciting it is to break it! Amazing job!!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph May 21, 2015 at 11:33 am

    You go girl!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says May 21, 2015 at 11:45 am

    So happy for you! I know you’ve been frustrated and this makes me smile because you work so hard. Congrats, friend! But you’re awesome with or without those 7 pounds 🙂

  • Reply Runwright May 21, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Congrats. 7 pounds is like a biggest loser moment right there.
    I’ve been on a plateau myself and using my clothes as a gauge instead of the scale. I’m just waiting for my skinny pants to start fitting again

  • Reply Heather May 21, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Oh that’s such a great feeling!! Congrats girlie!

  • Reply kathy at real talk May 21, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    GIRRRRRRRRRRRRL!!! so amazing. i don’t even take the scale seriously. my trainer has one at his gym and every time i’m there, i step on it and it says the same thing so i’m convinced he has actually written “130” in black marker on the screen LOL. to tell you the truth, my weight hasn’t fluctuated much in the last few years; i’ve always hovered around the 128-130-132 mark but i’m shrinking everywhere else. i dropped another pants size but the weight hasn’t moved so that tells me THAT THE SCALE IS A FUCKING LIAR haha!

    be proud of yourself! keep at it and you’re going to see amazing things, not to mention feel amazing.

  • Reply Kateri Von Steal May 21, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wait to kick that plateau in the arse!

  • Reply Erin LFF May 21, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    GET IT GIRL!!!!! 🙂 Happy for you!

  • Reply alyssa May 21, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Congratulations! Proud of you for being able to step away for so long and not let that number define you, and for resolving to put the scale away for another couple of weeks. Breaking that habit is so important to progress and giving yourself the kindness (and forgiveness) you deserve. Glad to see you’re enjoying some real benefits of all the hard work you’ve been putting in. Keep up the awesome work!

  • Reply Artney May 21, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Wow! I’m so proud of you!!! Seven pounds though?! Amazing!!!

  • Reply Mia @ MakeMeUpMia May 21, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    YEAHH!!! so happy for you. That is the BEST motivation there is, you’re obviously killing it my friend!

  • Reply Biana Perez May 21, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Congratulations girl!! That is wonderful! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis May 21, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Congrats girl! That’s awesome!

  • Reply Pamela May 21, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Congrats girl! It feels SO good to finally get over that plateau that happens to all of us. It can be so frustrating but its so rewarding when you do!

  • Reply Lindsay T. May 21, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    YAAAS girl!!!!! Rock on!

  • Reply Kerry May 21, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Congrats! Always nice when the number goes down and for breaking the plateau.

  • Reply Robin May 22, 2015 at 2:04 am

    I think that only weighing yourself every few weeks is a good idea. I read that your weight can change by as much as three pounds throughout a day. Checking too often makes people paranoid. Not to mention that you can lose a few pounds, but not necessarily be more healthy.

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  • Reply Lindsay Latimer May 24, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    That is awesome. You go, girl! Getting over the plateau is always the hardest!

  • Reply Kay R. May 25, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Congrats girl!!! I know the feeling of stepping on the scale and seeing the pounds go down. Best feeling ever. Go you!!

  • Reply Joey May 27, 2015 at 8:14 am

    YAY YAY YAY!!! So so happy for you friend! Your commitment and dedication are like none I’ve ever seen before!

  • Reply Tracy May 27, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    So proud of and excited for you!!! It’s so hard to be patient and wait for results when you know you’re putting in the hard work to get them, but what a good feeling when it finally pays off!

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