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This is my before picture, taken January 2, 2010. I love the shirt I'm wearing, but I”ll be really happy when it doesn't fit any more. At the moment, it fits. Weight isn't coming off as fast as I would like it to.hopeful

Today is March 4. I've been working really hard on losing weight for two months. I lost 16.6 pounds in the first month and 2.2 pounds in the second month.

I am frustrated. Nothing is happening. I'll lose 2 pounds; I'll gain 3 pounds; I'll lose 2 pounds again.

I'm not watching my food intake, and I need to. I need to write a food journal, and I know I need to.

What's stopping me? I've been writing about my need to journal my food intake since I started in January, but I've never done.

I'm sick. I've been sick since mid-January, but it's gotten worse. I'm on my second round of antibiotics. I have missed several days of work and a lot more workouts.

A sinus infection, sore throat, double ear infection, and many headaches have had me drinking some soda pop. I haven't indulged every day, but enough to revive my taste for it. My sweet tooth has reared its ugly head, and I haven't been eating enough fruits and vegetables.

The last time I exercised was February 23. I'm feeling stiff and sore. My heart is beating harder than normal, and I'm getting winded more easily.

I'm not feeling well, physically or mentally.

But I am hopeful. I am going to get better  and hopefully my current antibiotics will take care of my sickness.

I am hopeful that I'll be feeling well enough tomorrow or maybe Saturday to start exercising again.

I am hopeful that my shirt won't fit someday soon.

I didn't write a Mamavation Monday post this week. I was frustrated and sick and just didn't do it, but I wanted to keep you all updated about where I am. Just keep going, and leave a comment to tell me how you're doing in your own weight loss efforts.

Submitted to You Capture, PhotoStory Friday, and Give Me Your Best Shot

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21 thoughts on “Hopeful”

  1. Just the fact that you posted this tells us that you are determined. Get over this stuff and when you do, get back on the wagon. You can do it, Tara! I know it's easy to get frustrated – that's what the rest of us are here for. For you to lean on when you can't seem to find the motivation.

  2. I know how that goes. You have to be patient with yourself and do what you can as you can. You can't make yourself do more than your body will allow or you will make yourself sicker. You will get where you want to go when you get better, just don't lose sight of where you want to go and you'll be fine.

  3. Feeling stalled when there is no loss happens. I've been there. But you got this, I hope that this month is going to be so much better for you. Keep your head up, and you're awesome for posting.

  4. Well bravo to you for writing this post. That means you aren't out for the count. That means you realize you still need your support system and haven't given up. You're sick. So people get sick. That's life and we can't control that. Instead of spending so much time thinking about what you CAN'T do why not think about things you CAN do in your limited day. No one expects you to do any cardio when you are sick. We just want you to get better. Eat loads of citrus, take care of your kids and try to eat wholesome foods. Keep checking back in with us and when you are all healed, we will get back to business.

    But don't give up. Keep up with us. We all want you to succeed.

  5. I am so sorry that you have been so sick! I didn't know. Poor thing! As far as the weight. You will be able to do it. You are amazing. I think having the support of your blogging friends could just be the motivation you need!

  6. It is tough to lose weight and to do all the things you need to do when you're not feeling well (sometimes even when you feel well). Keep it up, you can do it! What you need is support and we're here for ya.

  7. Oh sweets! Thank God for hope! And determination and support, OH support. You are strong and beautiful for writing this post. FOR getting it out there and now that it is out there you are free! Let it all go and begin anew! Here's the thing, each day is a new day, a bright and beautiful opportunity to shine. To make the right choices and on the days you don't the key is still to move forward. Change one thing each day. I think you must start journaling and get to the bottom of what you are eating and not eating that you should. Just know we are always here for you good and bad days. ((HUG)) xxoo

  8. It's great to have that hope. I HOPE that you will be feeling well again soon. Don't beat yourself up about what you haven't lost and congratulate yourself on what you HAVE achieved! Think positive and you WILL get there 😀

  9. Hang in there, girl! We all have good days and bad days when it comes to a weight loss battle. Forget about today or yesterday. That's old news. Focus on tomorrow and start fresh. Tomorrow, wake up with a plan and stick to it, like your food journal. That's definitely a good start. Each day brings new challenges and new hurdles. Don't beat yourself up because that just makes the war worse.

    Sickness and sodas will definitely set you back, but no matter because tomorrow will be a soda free and sick free day! Right? RIGHT! You can do it! Chin up! 🙂

  10. Aw, the number one priority right now is to get healthy! Weight will come off eventually, given enough time and work.

    I’ve had sinusitis, and tonsillitis, and I completely understand the feeling of being completely and utterly drained.
    I actually had a problem with the antibiotics not helping (enough) until I was switched to a different one, maybe get the doctor to re-evaluate the prescription?

    So don’t beat yourself up! I agree with the other posters who said to focus on the positive. It does no good (and a lot of harm) when you beat yourself up over that extra soda that you shouldn’t have had, or that you didn’t lose that pound like you wanted. Feel better!

  11. Keep up the good work and hang in there. Take it one day at a time and try not to dwell on what happened in the past.

    Your shirt won't fit can be your mantra.

  12. Hang in there. We all go through funky phases. I was going through one the last couple of months. Same thing as you: sinus infections, ear aches, stomach viruses and most recently I've had a tooth extracted. Seems like when I start coming through the fog, a rainstorm blows in! I'm feeling better now and hope to get back to eating better.

    I do have one suggestion that may help in your weightloss war. Do you keep a food journal? I lost quite a bit of weight a few years ago when I started logging everything I put into my mouth…candy, meals, snacks, drinks, EVERYTHING. My biggest problem was mindless eating. This helped me know when & what I was eating. Needless to say, I should start keeping another one!!!

  13. You are doing a great job and losing weight is hard. It takes so much work. Being sick is no fun at all. I really hope that you get to feeling better and are able to kick that cold where it counts very soon. With Spring coming it will be a lot easier to get moving and stay moving. My problem is lack of trying so I wish I had an ounce of your determination.

  14. You are doing a great job and losing weight is hard. It takes so much work. Being sick is no fun at all. I really hope that you get to feeling better and are able to kick that cold where it counts very soon. With Spring coming it will be a lot easier to get moving and stay moving. My problem is lack of trying so I wish I had an ounce of your determination.

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