I’ve lost 100 pounds. I. Have. Lost. 100. Pounds. I don’t say this to brag or hold it over anyone’s head. I don’t say this to get applause or “congratulations.” I say this because that’s a pretty big deal. It’s easy to sit here and read health and fitness blogs and completely forget that losing 50 or 75 or 100 pounds isn’t an every day occurrence in the “real world.”
So many people whose blogs I follow have had such amazing weight-loss success that I sometimes forget to stop and really appreciate all of the hard work I’ve put in and the cool things I’ve accomplished over the past year and a half(ish). I mentioned earlier feeling frustrated that my weight loss has basically stalled, even though I’m putting in the work. But, by golly, I’ve lost 100 pounds! That’s big. And it’s easy to focus on the end goal and the “only 15 more pounds to go” mantra and forget about what I’ve already done. One hundred pounds is nothing to shake a stick at — neither is 15 or 25 or 50 or whatever amount you’ve lost. People struggle every day all over the world to lose five pounds, and here we all are losing that — often times in multiples.
What’s more, so many people in this health and fitness community accomplish crazy athletic feats every day: Iron Man, marathons, triathalons. They set PRs left and right. They climb mountains. They ride bikes for countless miles. They get up every morning, tie their shoes and take off — even in the snow and rain.
This is not normal. In fact, it’s quite abnormal. The things we discuss on these blogs doesn’t work in daily conversation with friends and family and co-workers. Mention signing up for a marathon and most people will look at you like you’re crazy. Talk about getting up at 5 a.m. and going for a run in a snowstorm, and people don’t know how to react.
This little community of health and fitness bloggers is full of Supermen and Superwomen who are so inspiring and encouraging. Just don’t forget to stop and celebrate your personal victories — no matter how small they may seem.