Go Ahead, Quit! (but don’t give up)

by | Jun 2, 2020 | My Journey, Weight Loss | 0 comments

“Make peace with the mirror and watch your reflection change.”
– I saw this once on a T-Shirt

It’s been roughly five months since I’ve started this journey. Over the weekend, I had some time to reflect and realized a few things:

  • Holy crap, time flies, it’s already June!
  • I’m not at goal yet??
  • This is the longest I’ve ever stuck with the weight loss thing – in 30 years.

The first bullet point was just a general observation, the second will take care of itself.  I want to talk about that last bullet point since it reveals huge progress outside the realm of the scale. Thinking back on all my past attempts to lose weight, there is only one thing I can figure that I did differently – this time I quit. That my friends is not a typo. I did say I quit. Read on…

I am unable to pinpoint the exact moment I realized that I had to quit, but my best guess is around the middle of month two – which would have been the middle of February. I was managing to stay on track, and actually, I was doing quite well, but I could feel myself losing steam, running out of ideas, compiling excuses for the inevitable fall from the wagon that I absolutely knew without a doubt was coming – because I’d been there (many times) before. That’s when I decided that I had to quit – but not quit like give up – I had to quit so I could start.

I quit trash-talking myself and started talking to myself the way I talk to the ones that I love.
I quit making excuses and started making choices.
I quit waiting until tomorrow and started right there, in the moment I was in.
I quit sabotaging my efforts and started trusting the process.
AND finally, I quit doubting myself and started believing that I could do it. And that is when I truly started my journey.

It’s really hard to change your own mind. I have to remind myself who I am and what I can do daily, and sometimes hourly (especially when I’m exercising). When I tell you that I start every day like it the first day of my journey, this is what I mean. Chasing down what you want out of life is hard work and it takes relentless courage and enthusiasm – and for some, even quitting. Today I challenge you to have the courage to quit – so you can get started.

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After I posted on Saturday, a friend suggested that I was being too hard on myself, and that I should take another look at where I was when I started and where I am today to remind myself how far I've come--despite gaining some weight back.

I did just that, and it helped me realize that the idea of "starting at square one" after we experience a setback is a big lie.

In fact, I don't think we are ever really "right back where we started," rather, we are at a new beginning--usually with an army of valuable information gained from the mistakes we've made.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, embrace your setbacks, they are the fuel for your journey forward.

xo Lisa
#transformationtuesday #bigfatskinnywisdom #weightlossjourney #healthjourney

After I posted on Saturday, a friend suggested that I was being too hard on myself, and that I should take another look at where I was when I started and where I am today to remind myself how far I`ve come--despite gaining some weight back.

I did just that, and it helped me realize that the idea of "starting at square one" after we experience a setback is a big lie.

In fact, I don`t think we are ever really "right back where we started," rather, we are at a new beginning--usually with an army of valuable information gained from the mistakes we`ve made.

I guess what I`m trying to say is, embrace your setbacks, they are the fuel for your journey forward.

xo Lisa
#transformationtuesday #bigfatskinnywisdom #weightlossjourney #healthjourney
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When I start to categorize certain foods as bad, I set myself up for failure. I feel like this meme nails it!!

#weightlossjourney #bigfatskinnywisdom #eatgreatloseweight

When I start to categorize certain foods as bad, I set myself up for failure. I feel like this meme nails it!!

#weightlossjourney #bigfatskinnywisdom #eatgreatloseweight
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"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." -Margaret Thatcher 

Two years ago, I thought I had finally done it--I conquered the weight-loss thing, once and for all.

Fast forward to now--up 40 pounds from this time two years ago. And boy oh boy have I been having a field day with the self- loathing, shame, and negative self talk.

I have been struggling to stay consistent, and waging war on myself with comparison. It has been a downward spiral that I feel powerless to control. Shame sent me into hiding--and go ahead, ask me how that has worked out!

Today I am choosing to come back, take control, and reset because when I started this journey three-plus years ago, I knew it would be hard, but choosing to give up would be harder. 

xo Lisa
#weightlossjourney

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." -Margaret Thatcher

Two years ago, I thought I had finally done it--I conquered the weight-loss thing, once and for all.

Fast forward to now--up 40 pounds from this time two years ago. And boy oh boy have I been having a field day with the self- loathing, shame, and negative self talk.

I have been struggling to stay consistent, and waging war on myself with comparison. It has been a downward spiral that I feel powerless to control. Shame sent me into hiding--and go ahead, ask me how that has worked out!

Today I am choosing to come back, take control, and reset because when I started this journey three-plus years ago, I knew it would be hard, but choosing to give up would be harder.

xo Lisa
#weightlossjourney
...

Happy FriYAY 

I know it's been a while since I've posted or done a live video, in part because I feel a bit like a fraud.

I've gained some weight back, and the shame I feel has been paralyzing. And let me tell you, the negative self talk has been strong, and LOUD. 

But also totally UNTRUE.

Here's the truth. I'm not back where I started. I may have lost a little ground, gotten distracted and even lost my focus--but I haven't given up on my goal.

Never give up. Do not stop. Practice consistency. AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF--even when you don’t! 😉

#facetofacefriday #weightlossjourney #consistency #accountability #bigfatskinnywisdom

Happy FriYAY

I know it`s been a while since I`ve posted or done a live video, in part because I feel a bit like a fraud.

I`ve gained some weight back, and the shame I feel has been paralyzing. And let me tell you, the negative self talk has been strong, and LOUD.

But also totally UNTRUE.

Here`s the truth. I`m not back where I started. I may have lost a little ground, gotten distracted and even lost my focus--but I haven`t given up on my goal.

Never give up. Do not stop. Practice consistency. AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF--even when you don’t! 😉

#facetofacefriday #weightlossjourney #consistency #accountability #bigfatskinnywisdom
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My daughter asked me to get her chicken McNuggets while I was out today. 

Can I just say, going through the drive-thru when you're hungry is hard. But I haven't had McDonald's (other than an Egg McMuffin a time or two) since 2019. And I wasn't going to start today...although I do plan to try the strawberry shortcake McFlurry before it's gone! But that's another post!

I decided to ask for a few extra sauces (my favorite is Hot Mustard) and came home to make my own copycat nuggets.

I wish I could take the credit for this piece of culinary genius, but I found the recipe while scrolling Instagram--it was a reel, so I'm not sure who it was!

Copy Cat  Chicken McNuggets
Serves 1 (12 nuggets) 
4 WW Points 
443 Calories 

12.5 oz can Kirkland Canned Chicken, drained
1 egg
65 grams 75% Reduced Fat Cabot Cheddar
1 tbsp grated parmesan 
Seasoning of your choice, I used some spicy ranch seasoning.
Avocado Oil cooking spray 

Preheat oven or airfryer to 400.

1. Mix all ingredients well, shape into nuggets (I got 12 out of this), place on pan spritzed with avocado oil cooking spray, then give them another quick spritz.

2. Air fry or bake 25 min or until golden and crispy, turning them over halfway through. I use the air fry function on my Ninja XL oven. 

I enjoyed these with my favorite McDonald's nugget sauce!

As a side note, the point/nutritional values will be different depending on the cheese you use.
#bigfatskinnyrecipes #eatgreatloseweight #weightlossjourney #healthyswaps

My daughter asked me to get her chicken McNuggets while I was out today.

Can I just say, going through the drive-thru when you`re hungry is hard. But I haven`t had McDonald`s (other than an Egg McMuffin a time or two) since 2019. And I wasn`t going to start today...although I do plan to try the strawberry shortcake McFlurry before it`s gone! But that`s another post!

I decided to ask for a few extra sauces (my favorite is Hot Mustard) and came home to make my own copycat nuggets.

I wish I could take the credit for this piece of culinary genius, but I found the recipe while scrolling Instagram--it was a reel, so I`m not sure who it was!

Copy Cat Chicken McNuggets
Serves 1 (12 nuggets)
4 WW Points
443 Calories

12.5 oz can Kirkland Canned Chicken, drained
1 egg
65 grams 75% Reduced Fat Cabot Cheddar
1 tbsp grated parmesan
Seasoning of your choice, I used some spicy ranch seasoning.
Avocado Oil cooking spray

Preheat oven or airfryer to 400.

1. Mix all ingredients well, shape into nuggets (I got 12 out of this), place on pan spritzed with avocado oil cooking spray, then give them another quick spritz.

2. Air fry or bake 25 min or until golden and crispy, turning them over halfway through. I use the air fry function on my Ninja XL oven.

I enjoyed these with my favorite McDonald`s nugget sauce!

As a side note, the point/nutritional values will be different depending on the cheese you use.
#bigfatskinnyrecipes #eatgreatloseweight #weightlossjourney #healthyswaps
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I stumbled across an old journal entry from late 2020. And boy did I need the reminder.

I thought I'd share just in case any of you needed a reminder too:

"Transformation is a process. It takes time, and patience. Sometimes you're gonna hit it on all cylinders, and sometimes you're gonna struggle. In either case the requirement is to show up, and do the best that you can."
(December 13, 2020)

Don't ever underestimate your own wisdom, because most times the only expert you need is looking back at you in the mirror.

xo-Lisa

#transformationtuesday #weightlossjourney #bigfatskinnywisdom

I stumbled across an old journal entry from late 2020. And boy did I need the reminder.

I thought I`d share just in case any of you needed a reminder too:

"Transformation is a process. It takes time, and patience. Sometimes you`re gonna hit it on all cylinders, and sometimes you`re gonna struggle. In either case the requirement is to show up, and do the best that you can."
(December 13, 2020)

Don`t ever underestimate your own wisdom, because most times the only expert you need is looking back at you in the mirror.

xo-Lisa

#transformationtuesday #weightlossjourney #bigfatskinnywisdom
...

I had a bad hair day.. 

I was letting my hair grow because, for like a minute I was loving it long--and then yesterday on a whim I decided that I didn't. 

I sent a quick text to @nikitajohns, the best hairstylist ever, and a few hours later my hair was four inches shorter, my bad hair day was over, and I was ready for spring!

The moral of the story is: making a change doesn't require over thinking--just do it!

I had a bad hair day..

I was letting my hair grow because, for like a minute I was loving it long--and then yesterday on a whim I decided that I didn`t.

I sent a quick text to @nikitajohns, the best hairstylist ever, and a few hours later my hair was four inches shorter, my bad hair day was over, and I was ready for spring!

The moral of the story is: making a change doesn`t require over thinking--just do it!
...

My eyes have been bothering me off and on for a few days, I figured it was just a Sjogrens flare, until this morning when I woke up with sore, red, goopy eyes.

So I scheduled a quick video visit with my doctor...
and the winner is:

Bacterial Conjunctivitis (aka) Pink Eye!!

I'm getting some antibiotic drops, but spam me with your best home remedies to soothe sore, achey eyes 👀!

My eyes have been bothering me off and on for a few days, I figured it was just a Sjogrens flare, until this morning when I woke up with sore, red, goopy eyes.

So I scheduled a quick video visit with my doctor...
and the winner is:

Bacterial Conjunctivitis (aka) Pink Eye!!

I`m getting some antibiotic drops, but spam me with your best home remedies to soothe sore, achey eyes 👀!
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