Inspiration: January 2011 - I can fit in this dress again!
Inspiration: February 2011 - I can be this lean again!
May 2013 at Nationals Stadium in DC, with President Taft. This pic cracks me up!
Six years ago, I got serious about losing weight and taking care of myself, mind, body and soul. I stopped drinking alcohol and eating all manner of treats entirely for 3 months and trained for a half marathon. I lost 25 pounds! But over the next couple years, I regained most of the weight and have fluctuated up and down ever since.
I developed a lot of good habits during that time, but I realized later that I wasn't able to keep the weight off because I couldn't keep up that high level of activity (injuries, etc), and I didn't want to limit my intake so drastically. I decided I needed to find a new way to achieve my goals.
Now I'm focused on creating sustainable strategies and habits for losing weight, so they'll be familiar to me and help me maintain my weight loss when I reach my goal.
For example, the Beck Diet Solution has a ton of strategies that are practical and useful - like reminding yourself of your motivation for losing the weight, making a food plan every day, giving yourself credit for the positve things you do ... And the trick is practicing these things regularly (like, every day!)
I consider this a lifelong task. I never want to stop learning more about how to take care of myself as well as I can, so I can live a long and happy life!
I've learned about meditation and I try to practice every day. I also love yoga and practice as often as possible.
I love to exercise but that doesn't mean it's always easy to get myself out of bed and out the door! Another place where the strategies come in handy... remember your motivation and learn how to respond to the sabotaging thoughts!
I want to keep on learning more about how to eat well while eating healthy and how to exercise in ways that prevent injury. My body isn't as resilient as it once was, and I want to be strong and active for a long time.
For me, it's about recognizing that losing weight and maintaining that loss is more about the way you think than what you eat and how much you move.
So, my goal 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.
ï¿½Learn to be calm and you will always be happyï¿½ -- Paramhansa Yogananda
ï¿½Peace 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.ï¿½ -- 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
* Long term: lose 20 pounds in 5 pound increments
* 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 approximately 1450 calories/day
*Strength training 2 times/week.
*Cardio: 4-5 times a week: running, elliptical, biking, walking.
* Yoga as often as possible!
* 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 husband. I love travel and art.
The only things I can truly control are my actions and reactions.
Secrets of Success
This user doesn't have any secrets of success.
| Pounds lost: 3.6
Thanks for stopping by my blog and the welcome back! I was so excited to see you name pop up as still active on here! Hope you're having a great weekend.
88 days ago
Thanks for stopping by my Good Bad and Ugly blog.
The first few cold runs are tough. Last year I bought neoprene face masks that work really well. Didn't pull one out the other day. Next time!
Have a great week. Thanks for your support!
94 days ago
Thank you for messaging me on my Spark Page and for adding me as a friend. I am happy that I have been able to inspire you somewhat to striving to reach your goals for healthy living. Moderation in nutrition and a fitness program that is sustainable every day is what will gain you success. I'm betting that this time you will reach those goals and maintain for a lifetime of happiness.
p.s. I added you as a friend as well
94 days ago
Thank you for adding me!
98 days ago
Thanks for the encouragement on my blog. Have a great Friday! Hope you had a great first day of a new month.
175 days ago