Sometimes you work really hard to get your body where you want it to be. You are following the meal plan, keeping up with the workouts, and feeling great. Then, life happens. Right now, I am in the middle of life. I’m an Army Wife. Soon to be a former Army Wife. A couple of months ago I was at my physical peek. I had lost 15 lbs, 8% body fat, 3 pants/dress sizes, and I was feeling great. I loved my muscles. I wanted to kiss them. I had never had them before.
Then my husband began terminal leave with the Army (he’s getting out and has saved up all his leave so we are on a perpetual vacation/job hunt for 2-3 months). I hadn’t seen my family or several close friends in almost two years. I hated, loathed the city we were living in and I was crazy excited to get out of there and travel across the country to stay with family and friends! The closer we got the more I felt like I could really breathe again and just be me. But then we got here and all my plans to stay in shape and stick to the meal plan have been nothing more than plans. I think I’ve maybe worked out 2 times a week tops in the last month. And the meal plan has been followed off and on. Today I ate about a dozen cookies. I had an egg white omlette for breakfast, cookies for lunch, and another egg/veggie dish for dinner, and a protein shake somewhere in there. The cookie thing should not have happened. I try, some days I try. Other days I give up. Fortunately the days I’ve tried have allowed me to maintain my new pants size, but my beautiful muscles are getting smaller and I am getting weaker.
My husband is still looking for a post Army life job (yes, sometimes I get sad when I think of him not being a soldier anymore) and we are a little frazzled and stressed from all the traveling. Our kids are very young so it is a lot of work to travel and change locations every 4-5 days. I cannot wait to get back to normal life so that I can hit the gym EVERY DAY again and be completely in charge of what I and my family are eating. But, I still look and feel better and know more about fitness and nutrition than I did before I started Leanmoms, so there’s that. And that is what keeps me going and looking forward to the future. So if you, like me, are being lifed (as one Leanmom has said in our wonderful Facebook Challenge Group), don’t give up. Know that someday you will be in control of your life again. And you will rock that life! And I will too! Hopefully the next time I post it’ll be about an amazing workout I just did and how much I want to kiss my muscles again. I feel better just thinking about it. Sigh.