St. Pete's Beach, June 2013
February 2011 - Inspiration: I can do this again.
May 2013 at Nationals Stadium in DC, with President Taft. This pic cracks me up!
Five years ago when I turned 50 I got serious about losing weight and taking care of myself, body and soul. I got really close to my goal weight, but over a couple years I regained the weight - and then some. However, I'm determined to achieve my goal, knowing that the real challenge will be maintaining the loss when I get there.
This time, I think I've found something that really works for me: the Beck Diet Solution. Normally I shy away from anything with the word "diet," but the subtitle "Learning to Think Like a Thin Person" really describes what it's all about, recognizing that losing weight and maintaining that loss is as much about the way you think as it is about what you eat. And maybe more....
Fortunately, the program is right in line with my general philosophy.
Five years ago when I lost 25 pounds, I stopped drinking alcohol entirely for 3 months and trained for a half marathon. I wasn't able to keep up that high level of activity, and I didn't want to stop drinking permanently.
This time, I'm focused on creating sustainable habits and practices while I'm on the journey, some of my own and some I'm learning from the Beck program. That way they'll be familiar to me when I reach my goal weight. I want to keep on learning more about how to eat well while eating healthy and how to exercise in ways that prevent injury. Because I've learned these past few years that my body isn't as resilient as it once was, and I want to be strong and active for a long time.
So, truly the goal here is more about changing my habits than reaching a number on the scale. If I can successfully build good habits, step by step, I can achieve any goal I set for myself.
�Learn to be calm and you will always be happy� -- Paramhansa Yogananda
�Peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one's own soul.� -- Ralph W. Trine
My overall goal is to make healthy living a habit in all aspects of my life: body, mind and soul.
For My Body
* Gain strength, endurance and flexibility
* Lose 20 pounds in 5 pound increments, which is just over 12% of my current weight
* MAINTAIN healthy habits and a healthy weight for life.
For My Mind
* Reduce stress in my life
* Increase my self discipline
For My Soul
* Maintain an Attitude of Gratitude!
* Create beauty in the world.
*Follow the Beck Diet Solution, changing my thinking to change my behavior
*Maintain daily caloric intake of 1420 calories/day
*Strength training 2-3 times/week.
*Cardio: 4-5 times a week: running, elliptical, biking, walking.
*Yoga at least once a week.
*Reduce my stress level through meditation, yoga, writing.
I am thankful for my positive outlook on life.
I have two cats, two sons and a wonderful fiance. I love travel and art.
The only thing I can truly control are my actions and reactions.
I practice yoga because I believe in the interconnectedness of all things.
| Pounds lost: 7.2