I am constantly being inspired by the Losing It community. Maranda tweets a yummy, healthy lunch, and suddenly I’m eating better lunches. Brie issues a twitter #saladchallenge, and not only am I inspired by the tasty suggestions, I start experimenting more.
And all you runners out there? YOU are the reason that I have started running again. I had good reasons for stopping, and I have goals to make it work better. But the sheer volume of running tweets has made it so that I can Not. Not. Run. Any. More.
(feel free to re-read that last bit if you need to)
I’ve been having a rough few weeks, for reasons that have nothing to do with weight loss (and only some of which have to do with toilet training). As a result, one evening last week I found myself
sitting hiding sulking in the basement, raging at life and just generally feeling sorry for myself.
Which I think I can safely say is the worst possible use of some very rare child-free moments.
Flipping through my RSS reader, I stumbled upon a post from Sara. I think it was her Fifty post, but I don’t remember for sure. (The trouble with Sara is that she inspires me so frequently that it’s easy to lose track). Anyhow, it was exactly what I needed: it got my butt out of the basement, my journal finished, and even got me to skip out on cake.
So what I’ve got here is not so much a blog post as a battle-cry:
I want YOU to brag more!
I really wish I could think of a better word than ‘brag’. When I read other people’s ‘brags’, I don’t see bragging. I see inspiration. I feel happy and proud for whoever it is. So it makes no sense that I worry that I’m bragging – but I do. And if I’m worried, maybe you’re worried too. And if you’re worried, I fear you may be holding out on us.
So I’m issuing a challenge. It has two parts:
- Share a non-scale victory. It can be anything: an action, an outcome; anything you consider a victory. Comment here, tweet about it, or blog about it. Just put it out there so that the rest of us can be inspired.
- Watch for other people’s NSVs. If they inspire you, tell them. If you are proud of them, tell them that too. Bonus (karma-)points if it’s someone you’ve never talked to before.
Here are some changes I’ve seen in the past 2 weeks:
- I’ve finally packed up all the maternity t-shirts. This is as much a mental adjustment as anything. I mean, come on: I’ve lost some 50 pounds since those suckers were appropriate. Oh, and the underwear drawer needed a purge too.
- I have started, under certain conditions, using exercise as a reward. And when you have picked yourself off the floor, you can thank me for that little workout I just gave you. I have also started thinking weird thoughts, like “hey, if I keep this running thing up, I can buy new runners!” Rewards indeed.
- Oh yeah, then there’s the scale. It says I have lost ½ a pound in the past two weeks, for a total of 24.2 pounds. What can I say? If slow and steady wins the race, then I got this thing licked.
So go on, brag a little. Share your successes. We’re all counting on you.