Bodie Island Light - Moonrise (Outer Banks, NC)
I have been overweight for most of my life, and not very coordinated or athletic, either. I still have embarassing memories of grade school P.E. class. We were playing whiffleball, and to mix it up a little Coach wanted us to do somersaults between bases. I was such a tub, I just couldn't. Instead of a "forward" or "backward" roll, I just had to lay down & roll over. I think those kinds of things stay with you forever!
Whan I was in my early 20's I found a sport I could play (volleyball), and lost about 35 pounds - bringing me to the only "skinny" period of my life, weighing about 140 at 5'9". Still, in my mind I was always the fat little kid.
And now! Well, I can't believe that skinny period was 20 years ago. Somewhere in there, I started traveling a lot for work, and let my procrastinating nature & bad habits completely take over. Pounds started creeping back on and then some. I stopped playing volleyball over 10 years ago, and didn't pick up any other exercise to do routinely. Pounds started to "pile" instead of "creep".
So here I am, my 50th birthday approaching in June, and still trying to find "me". I don't want to accept being the tubby, uncoordinated little kid forever. I look back at the pictures of the 140-lb me, and honestly, I look "too" skinny, I don't think that's where I want to be, either. But there are some from the ~150-160 lb range, where I looked and remember feeling really healthy! I loved hiking, biking, camping, being active & outdoors, and really PARTICIPATING in things. That's what I want to be! I'm lucky to have a job where I will be able to retire in 6 years - and I want my retirement to be an active, healthy, fun time!
So, I've been dreaming about making some changes & have tried several of the popular diets. Some things would work for a while, but nothing seemed to stick. About two months ago I found SparkPeople, just while surfing the web hoping to find some online tools to help me with a "diet". SparkPeople is what I was looking for, and more. I am very impressed with the comprehensive approach: planning tools, tracking tools, motivation mechanisms, etc.
I've set as my first goal: lose 22 pounds by my 50th birthday in June. Losing 50 pounds over the next couple of years is a longer term goal - although, I confess I'm still having a hard time visualizing that I'll succeed. Still, I'm off to a good start, and having completed (almost) 2 months on SP and my first goal in sight, it is getting easier to believe!
1) Get to 215 (weight where my next smaller size clothes look good!) - by 8 Sept.
** Reached 21 Sept.
2) Get to 199 (a magic number) - by 3 Nov. UPDATE: Make that 25 Jan, 2014. Based on progress to date, and realistic goal of 1 lb/week.
(When I get to 199, I'll figure out the path to the next goal: 183! A 50 lb loss)
Eating smaller portions, preparing balanced meals, drinking 8 glasses of water per day, getting back on a strength training regimen, and WALKING!
I'm a Kansas State fan, if there are others lurking out there.
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| current weight: 216.0
Hi, I just wanted to swing by to see how you're doing? Sending some cheer!
575 days ago
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my blog. I took the Advil last night and wore a different shoe with the boot today and all is well again.
I will be doing less official exercising and being more active outdoors now.
1455 days ago
I want to thank you for the time to comment on my blogs. Thanks very much.
1472 days ago
Happy 3rd Sparkiversary! Back at our BuGS page, we have a celebration thread going...we'd love to have you stop by and tell us about how things are going for you these days!
1489 days ago
Hello, my friend! Thanks for the flower pot to celebrate your spin! I do hope that you are having a wonderful day.
1737 days ago