There Are Bad Days In Weight Loss, too.

Every had one of those days where nothing is going right in your journey and you get so frustrated that you contemplating giving up? This is my story.

I woke up with high expectations. I knew my weight watchers self weigh in was today so I was excited — I stuck to plan, I had an amazing workout week—I was feeling good, this was the perfect set up for weight loss right?!


The scale said I gained .4 pounds.

Say what now?

Initially I brushed it off and I moved on. However when I put on my pants and realize they were uncomfortably snug, I think that is when I started to get a little frustrated.

Usually I have a good feeling daily about going to workout and my weight loss journey as a whole.

Today was not that day.

By the time I got to work I was so frustrated with myself that I decided that I was going to quit this journey because it simply made no sense that it has taken so long to lose this weight, I had done it before, twice. Why on earth is it not working now?

I was beyond frustrated.

I dismissed the idea of doing my normal Tuesday run because it made no sense. It’s not like anything was going to happen anyway right?

I vented to the bestie, I vented to my husband, I was on a serious emotional roller coaster. I even thought about getting rid of my smaller clothes because clearly this journey was over.

Going to the gym is my one consistent–even when my eating is off my gym game is always tight.

On this day, I had even lost that.

My mojo was gone, motivation non existent.

I was at work and I wanted so desperately to take off my too snug pants and take a nap.

Then something magical happened. I made a deal with myself. I made myself get up put on my coat and go to the gym. I figured I’d walk in the treadmill for 30 minutes, do nothing strenuous and leave.

Although I still did not want to go because I was ready to give up on the entire process…I went.

When I got on the treadmill I put on my headphones, played “sweet nothing” by Calvin Harris because it’s one of my favorite songs at the moment and started walking at a very easy pace.

I was still feeling so discouraged and for the first time ever I actually heard the words:

So I put my faith in something unknown,
 I've been living on such sweet nothing,
 But I’m trying to hope with nothing to hold,
 I'm living on such sweet nothing.
 And it’s hard to learn,
 And it’s hard to love,
 When you’re giving me such sweet nothing,
 Sweet nothing,
 Sweet nothing,
 You’re giving me such sweet nothing.

Something about it made me want to run.

And I did.

For three whole miles. Straight.

For thirty one consecutive minutes.

This is something I haven’t be able to do in 5 years. I’ve tried the C25k program 5 times and succeeded once the first time I tried. Ever since I have not been able to run past 5 minutes. Last week I ran 20 minutes but I thought that was a freak accident!

I have never run for a long period of time over 5.3 mph. I ran the entire 3 miles on 5.5.

As I got off the treadmill The song that came on appropriately was “Anything Can Happen” By Ellie Goulding

I know it's going to be---alright

Not only did I desperately not want to go to the gym, but I ended up going and shattering my fear/hatred of running. 20 minutes into my run and my breathing was incredibly steady and my legs felt amazing. Usually around 15 minutes I’m doubled over begging for a pump (and I’m not asthmatic!).

I ran for 30 minutes coupled with my initial walking I did a 5k in under 40 minutes.

And I did not want to go workout. I talked myself out of going.

I ignored the crazy.

Today I feel strong. Today I feel incredible.

Have you ever done something that you didn’t want to do and surprised yourself? Tell me about it.

How do you deal when you get discouraged?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. You. Go. Girl! How awesome is that. I’ve had those days. discouraged. disappointed. defeated. But you fought through it and got MORE than what you bargained for. My blog title today is Don’t Quit! Way to go B-Day Twin. lol
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  2. Well, you bounced out of that funk well, SALUTE my friend. It gets hard sometimes but a minor set back is to be expected every now and then. The song is bananas! Thx for sharing, I haven’t heard it before.
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  3. Nellie! That is great girl! I’m soooo proud of you! However, I do know that feeling all to well. Patience is starting to kill me and I’m getting so frustrated with this journey! Nothing seems to be working! Grrrrr! I gotta stick with it though…and I wil! Go you!
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  4. Well done Nellie! We all have those days, but I’m so proud that you pulled yourself out and did more than what you expected to. Sometimes, the music that we have on our playlist for working out can motivate us when we least expect it. Well done! :-)
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  5. Great job bouncing back we all get discouraged and music helps me get back on track often.
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  6. you go girl you are incredible, i so admire your dedication :)
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  7. THIS. IS. AWESOME!!! You really can do anything. The fact that you turned a day where you didn’t feel like going to the gym into a personal triumph make me SMILE! You go, Nellie!! Incredible!! –Lisa
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  8. I love how you bounced back and went hard at it! You are such an inspiration, Nellie!

    Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris is one of my faves lately, too. I swear I hear Florence singing to me in my sleep I listen to it so much lol.
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  9. Great motivational post. I’ve been there through weight loss ups and downs. I’m currently stagnant right now and it’s so frustrating. Thanks for posting. Followed you from SITS. Have a blessed day!
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  10. That’s awesome, I love when a bad day turns great.
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  11. AMAZING! I’m so glad you went to the gym anyway! Thanks for the reminder of the power of working out…I need to get myself back in gear! :)
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  12. Congrats on such a great milestone! There’s nothing better than pushing through a tough day. Regarding the weight gain, there are so many factors that even we don’t control. Stress, hormones, unknown salt levels in something we ate…who knows. I bet you’ll see a recovery from that gain next time. You’re doing great!
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  13. WOW! This was an amazing post! I kinda have felt that way about my weight loss. I even considered allowing myself to make the crossover into “plus sized” land. Not that there is anything wrong with it, but its never ever been me and I’m not comfortable with it. But after losing (and regaining) weight several times I was about ready to throw in the towel. But I’ve just decided to DO it. One.last.time. and never ever allow myself to be at this high of a weight ever again. This post is helping light the sparks!
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    • Exactly. It’s so much easier to conform to your circumstances than change them, but we both know that is the easy way out. I am so excited that you have made the commitment to fitness! As you can see it ain’t easy, but it IS worth it!

  14. This is such a motivational post. Impressive. I do not like to run either. and 5. anything is a good speed to me lol. Side note: I played the video and Noah is over here dancing. hahaha
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    • Right? 5 scares me tremendously, so 5.5 to me is flying especially because I am 5’3 and I got some short sprints! LOL


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