Operation 25.5 – The Breakdown

The Unexpected Hurdles of Weight Loss

So a metaphor  to start us out … for the past three months I have been like an antique sports car getting a re-furb.  My insides were rebuilt, the gunk from years of neglect was being cleaned out, my paint was being polished and I was starting to go quicker and quicker on the road, shifting gears without issue.

But then I got sick a little over two weeks ago with an awful sinus infection and I started to sputter a bit … my gears started to stick.  Then I completely broke down with; #1 a diagnosis of mild asthma; and #2 the worst stomach flu of all time.  Seriously, it was beyond awful and I would not wish it on my worst enemy (well, maybe … )

I got through it, but the several days of only being able to keep down food that was grain and sugar-based awakened my sugar monster (she had been successfully lulled to sleep after cutting out most sweets over a few months) and I was reminded what sleeping past 7 a.m. felt like … (pure awesome is what it feels like if you want to know).

I broke down — the gears stopped working, the gunk has built up and I have not yet met my 20 lb lost goal.  My willpower is in the ditch, my love of wonderful things like refined sugar, flour and lovely high-fat dairy have come back up and my weight loss has not continued.

I am struggling to get the gears moving.  Struggling to get back on the road.  Struggling to keep focus the bigger goals.

I have a long way to go before I reach my overall goal.  A looonnnnnnnggggggg way … like 30 lbs long.

But, the thing is, I know I will be back on track with hard work if I can focus.  It reminds me of where I was in January — pissed at myself for allowing so much weight to be packed on over the past few years.  Motivated to have more energy and feel better.  Focused on being a healthy role model for my daughter.

So, dear readers, what keeps you motivated when your sputter or, like in my case, breakdown? How do you keep focus and will power?

Please share in your comments below because your help and motivation would be much appreciated right about now.

Julia Montgomery Stewart

Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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