Success is my only option, failure’s not. Yes, I just quoted Eminem. Have you heard this song?
This song has always gotten me pumped, but when I heard it during my Couch to 5K, it literally pushed me harder than any song I’ve listened to while working out. The beat was even in time with my steps. I’m not a big fan of Eminem, but this song, will be on my running playlist for good.
Success is my only option, failure’s not. It’s such a simple set of words, but the motivation it provides is endless. Wanting to give up, getting discouraged, giving in to muscle pain and sore lungs, is so easy. It’s hard to stay motivated. It’s hard to keep pushing yourself every day, especially when you aren’t seeing the progress you want.
But if success is your only option, you will get there. If failure is not an option you won’t let yourself give up. Once you take quitting off the table, it makes pushing through so much easier. It makes it feel natural, like it’s something you’re meant to do.
I got back on track on Tuesday before writing my Eat, Work Out, Repeat post, and looking back now I don’t know why I didn’t call it Eat, Exercise, Repeat…oh well. Here’s how things have been going since the last Fitness Friday:
I weighed in this morning at 145.2. That means I am exactly 17 pounds down from my start weight of 162.2. It also means that I have lost a little over 10% of my start body weight.
This is kind of blowing my mind right now. I’m not going to lie, when I set this goal for myself this year (and last year), I didn’t actually think I’d get there. I considered using 140 as my goal weight, instead of 135 because 135 seemed so ridiculous. I literally haven’t been anywhere near that in about 20 years. But I kept it. And I started working toward it.
Now, I really think I can do it. Eff that, I don’t think I can, I know I can. I am going to meet this goal, no doubt in my mind. Because success is my only option, failure’s not.
Nutrition / Menu
I’ve noticed that my tastes are changing. That’s not to say that I couldn’t sit and eat brownies literally all day long, but my cravings and daily wants have changed. I am enjoying eating vegetables more, and even miss them when they’re not included in a meal. The other day I needed a quick snack for the car, and grabbed a hand full of clementines and a protein bar. And it wasn’t something I had to force myself to do.
They say that habits takes more than two months to establish, and I’ve been doing this weight loss thing for 6 months. 6 months! So it makes sense that I’m starting to see habits forming. And I love it!
My goal was to stick strictly to Weight Watchers tracking, but in all honesty, I haven’t done that. I am still tracking every day, or tracking if I’m not tracking in my bullet journal. But I am not being as strict as I could be. And for now, that is what I need. My schedule is up and down, and when I’m traveling or working out a lot, it is really difficult to track every meal. I can honestly say that I’m doing my best though, and that’s what really matters.
As of today, I am on Week 3, Day 2 of Couch to 5K. Which I started 4 weeks ago…so you do the math on that one. Let’s call it a success, since I’m still doing it. Deal?
I see and feel a change, and it’s absolutely amazing. I can’t even describe it enough. And it’s been hard, and it still is hard. But seeing change is everything. Looking at pictures from my daughter’s birthday and not fretting about how I look, is priceless. Seeing myself in the mirror in the morning and taking note of how my body has changed, is my motivation.
Success is my only option, failure’s not.