Well, I did it. I got on that scale and…I lost! It’s a good feeling. So really, I won! (Interesting how in this case losing is winning. Ponder that.) That number is a testament to the accomplishments I made last week and I have to say that I am proud of myself.

It’s ok to be proud of your accomplishments. Where it gets dicey is when you get prideful about them.

Og Mandino writes, “When I am puffed with success I shall warn myself that this, too, shall pass.”

I realize that my progress could be null and void next week, or worse, I could gain weight – that is if I get puffed with success and stop doing what worked this last week. It’s easy to do sometimes, right? Lose a little weight and say to yourself, “Awe, it’s ok. You lost some. Treat yourself.” No way. Not for me. Not this time!

So what did work last week? I think a couple of things. This journal, for one, has been significant in holding me accountable personally and publicly. MyFitnessPal and noting my food intake has played a critical role in my staying on track and getting but not exceeding the calories and nutrients my body needs. And my renewed mindset of “Do or do not, there is no try” (– Yoda) has also been very important. Oh, and I can’t forget – sans vino or cocktails. Amazing how that helps the number on the scale go down!

Next week I am traveling for work to a conference. There will be dinners, and there will be drinks. There will be plenty of distractions and so many meetings and events that it will be hard to get in any exercise. So, another challenge within the challenge for me…

In order for me to continue to make progress I have to keep on doing what has been working, but I also have to make up my mind that I AM going to do this. In fact I have to realize, I AM doing this, and stick with it!

If I don’t continue doing what has been working, this too shall certainly pass and I won’t achieve my goals and I’ll be back at my starting weight or even worse, I will have gained weight.

So for next week it’s this: journaling (blogging), tracking my food in MyFitnessPal, saying no to those drinks, preparing/taking healthy food choices with me (meal replacement shakes and bars), making time to exercise, and keeping my mind focused on my goals.

“Do or do not, there is no try.” –Yoda (It’s one of my very favorite quotes so I have to share it again!)

I AM doing this, and I AM sticking with it, or this too shall pass!

Come on week two – let’s do this!

-Your Body3 Fitness 21-day Challenge Friend, Christy Stratton