GWC Day 30 – First Month Down and F The Scale!

Morning Weight: Who cares? (More explained below…I’m not just being dramatic, I promise!)

Workout: 2 mile run + 5K Interval Run

So guys, the first month of my Goal Weight Challenge is complete! I can’t believe it’s already been 30 days! Here is what I’ve learned in the past month:

First, The number on the scale does not define my progress. I got on the scale this morning and it read out 147…

My starting point…

I was FURIOUS! I thought “how could I be working so hard, lose 3 pounds, and have it all come right back in the same 4 week period?!”

But then I left for work early and had an hour to burn. So I parked my car near my employers’ house and set off for a morning run. I had no intention of doing well, I merely thought that I could get in my miles early today so I wouldn’t have to worry about them later. To my surprise, my legs and lungs felt more powerful and when I ran down the street and back (a 2 mile round trip), I had been running at an 11:30 average pace.

Now for some of you, you’re probably thinking “Way to Go Turtle….” But for me, having never run faster than a 13 minute mile in my entire life, it was a big achievement. Not only had I bust my own P.R., But I finally realized that no matter what the scale says, my body will tell me if I am making forward progress.Thanks, body, for the encouragement. I love you!

Needless to say, I gave my scale a big middle finger and I will only be weighing myself at the end of each GWC Month as a check-in. I will now be basing my progress off of how my clothes fit, how I feel emotionally, and what my measurements say.

Second, Healthy eating is hard, but finding ways to eat what you love in a cleaner way makes it easier. Here are some of my favorite healthy food hacks that I will be trying and blogging about in the next month.

– Fudgy Chocolate Brownies –> Raw Brownies (from Scaling Back )

– Fettuccini Alfredo –> Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce (from Pinch of Yum)

– Enchiladas –> Taco Soup (I like The Gracious Pantry’s version, I just leave out the pasta)

– Ooey-Gooey, Syrupy Pancakes –> Banana Cinnamon Pancakes (CellaFit) with Blueberry Syrup (I love The Gracious Pantry!!)

if you have any healthy or clean-eating recipes, please send me the link!!

Third, Exercise really does have a positive impact on my mood. This month I have been happier, more positive, and less tired than I have been for the past 6 months! My patience has increased and my usual snarky responses have lessened…or maybe not, because that’s just me šŸ˜‰

I didn’t realize how much I missed the active lifestyle I held before the wedding. Now I make time in my day to get in my miles, not only because I feel like I’d be letting you all down if I didn’t (I hope some of you care!), but because I have been genuinely enjoying my time outside and the happy feeling I get when I’m done. Not to mention my awesome tan! šŸ˜‰

Finally, I have gained so many more friendships out of doing this. I have become closer to friends that workout with me or talk with me about their healthy lifestyles, and I’ve gained more readers who also have inspiring healthy living blogs or have encouraged me along the way! (I’m talking about you guys, PerpendicularPessimist, WalkingBackToMyself, OrganizationalSpecialists, Fat2Plant, Miss.OnceUponAMarathon, and everyone else! THANK YOU!!)

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