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The journey is always mental
07-20-2014, 01:20 PM (This post was last modified: 07-20-2014 01:23 PM by zingdak.)
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The journey is always mental
I've been on the EM2WL journey for a little over a month now and figured its time I post a little intro.

I've done a few long distance activities before and learned that finishing was always mental effort not a physical one. Marathon runners know this. And I do too, but it's always hard to fully accept it.

My em2wl journey is almost exactly like that. Mostly mental, especially regarding trusting the process.

I'm 33, married and now find myself facing an increasingly slow metabolism which has been a bit of a shock to myself. For the first 23 years I ate what I want and ate a lot with no worries as I was always trying to *gain* weight! In my 20s, I packed on the pounds once I became an cubicle worker and found WW at 25 and got to my goal weight in 6 months largely by regularly doing spinning classes. Since 26, through today I ricocheted between WW and cardio and finally found that WW magic just wasn't working. I was always hungry and hitting my points quota at the middle of the day made for very miserable days!

I've been on MFP for a while and chanced about the EM2WL group last December which I joined but didn't carefully look into it because life got in the way.

About a month or more ago I had some time to devour everything I could about the subject and decided to commit fully. I didn't expect how much of this effort was mental. It's been the most challenging part especially since I started the program in the middle of photo season where I'm constantly being photographed at summer parties and broadcast to the "world".

I'm still sticking with this though. Only because I'm stubborn, the success stories are too good to ignore and I do want to be able to squat a 100-200lbs someday.

Thank you to all the ladies who pioneered the way, and showcased their stories. It's about the most important component for me.
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07-20-2014, 02:42 PM
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RE: The journey is always mental
We are so happy to have you here, and trust me when I say we have all experienced the mental part of this! People are not often prepared for just how hard it will be. As time goes on, however, you will find that the good days outnumber the hard ones and you will look back and wonder how you ever lived any other way!

Anitra Soto
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ISSA Certified Specialist in Senior Fitness

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07-20-2014, 08:54 PM (This post was last modified: 07-20-2014 08:56 PM by jaeone.)
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What you have stated here is so true!! Wrapping your head around trusting the process is a goal in its self! But it is definitely possible as you and others have proven!! Good for you, for being stubborn and sticking with it!! Thanks fior sharing this!!

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07-23-2014, 03:19 PM
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Welcome are correct. I found for myself the TOUGHEST part was the mental journey. So many times I had to just ignore my brain and keep on doing what made such logical sense. We can't control how quick or slow our body will respond, so you just have to be patient, and know that nourishing your body is the best choice for long term success.


Eating more, lifting heavy and loving life!
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