*Note from Sarah: Lisa is back with an update on her amazing paleo journey. I’m so happy for you Lisa; you truly are an inspiration. You can catch up on Lisa’s story by clicking here and you can also like her page on Facebook!
Wow, just shy of 6 months into my Paleo journey; where does the time go?
There have been both ups and downs, steps forward, and a few back, moments when I felt like I wasn’t moving forward, and wondered what on earth was I doing!! Then one day, not long ago, my kiddies and husband started making comments. Our conversations went something like this. My family, “your clothes are fitting better!” Me, “no they can’t be, I have not lost any weight!”, and it was left at that.
Then my workout partner started in as well with the comments, “Lisa you must really notice the difference,” “No!” I said, “Come on, are you serious?” “Look, look in the mirror!” my friend would urge, “Look in the mirror and you’ll see, when you lift your arm there is muscle, you can almost out squat me, and your pants are getting baggy!”
I would take a quick glance in the mirror, and say, oh yah, so they are. I was noticing that I was extremely uncomfortable looking in the mirror, I am not sure if it was for the fear of not seeing a difference myself and then maybe wanting to give up, or if it was just from so many years of not wanting to look in the mirror period.
I never really gave much thought to the comments by family and friends, as the scale had not moved…I know, I know we are not supposed to weigh ourselves for this very reason; lesson learned. But, during the months, guess what – every now and again I was getting on that scale…. I don’t care what you say…my mind was still stuck with how I used to measure my results; and therefore for me, what the scale said did matter.
Then one day, I had an a-ha moment – you know the one. I was in a hurry, had nothing to wear for this particular occasion, grabbed this dress from way back in my closet, gave it a try, and…. it was way too big!! How did this happen, the scale had not moved, but yet the dress was falling off?!? Wait, What…hmmm, maybe what others where noticing was right? Maybe what the scale was saying was wrong? How could this be, the scale is never wrong…or is it, she says with a frown of the brow, and an evil side smile…
So with great hesitation I decided to really stop, and take a good look in the mirror; nope nothing, I did not see it. Why was everyone else seeing the change but me? In the mirror I still saw that girl from months back… Then, my son had an idea, let’s take a picture! We started to play around, and had some goofy photo fun and what I saw through the eyes of the camera was crazy; was that really me??
I was so happy. This is proof that what the scale says, does not matter, what our eyes see in the mirror is very possibly distorted. What you feel emotionally, and the new things you are able to do, that’s what matters. Your everyday life is what matters.
My lesson; keep your head in the game, it seems to be what matters the most. Feeling great is what keeps me going!
Until next time much joy and happiness