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Where I want to be and how to get there.
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My Journey - April 3, 2008
I started this journey on March 27, 2008. The excess weight has been more than excess baggage for me, and is preventing me from reaching many of my personal goals. For better or for worse, society views overweight individuals as people who are poor performers - at work and in their personal lives. Sadly, in today's world, perception is everything. As a health care professional, being overweight makes one's own credibility suspect. How can one advise patients to lose weight and take control ...
I started this journey on March 27, 2008. The excess weight has been more than excess baggage for me, and is preventing me from reaching many of my personal goals. For better or for worse, society views overweight individuals as people who are poor performers - at work and in their personal lives. Sadly, in today's world, perception is everything. As a health care professional, being overweight makes one's own credibility suspect. How can one advise patients to lose weight and take control of their own lives when their own physician cannot?
So here we go. This beginning is a lifechanging one on so many levels. I deserve it and I'm ready to start.
UPDATE - November 22, 2010
Something just clicked these last several weeks. I think it helps a lot having someone at work join me this month to get a .... and then Spark accidentally deleted the rest.
UPDATE - December 15, 2013
Still working on 50 pounds gone for my niece's wedding, August, 2014. Leaning towards more NSVs for now. Looking at the calendar and plotting a mini-goal to stay on track: 12 pounds by the week of March 11th. That's reasonable, and comes to one pound a week for the next 12 weeks. Mark me to stay on point and feel free to join me. TWELVE POUNDs, PEOPLE, IS DOABLE! WHO'S WITH ME?
Update - February 15, 2014
Life is about change. It's good to see where I was almost six years ago, and how much has happened since then. I revisited a blog of a friend of an SP buddy of mine today: PrettyPithy's "There Is No Wagon". It's one of the best blogs I have read on SP. The essence is, we do not "fall" off a wagon, nor do we climb back on it. Life is a progression, and one of making choices. Some days' choices are better than others, but it's still all linear.
Here's the link to the original:
Goals in life change and we progress at our pace as we learn more about ourselves and set new goals. We, as a species, need new goals to conquer. It's part of the human makeup. I cannot tell you what will work for you, only what I have found that works for me. I'm still learning. And as I succeed, what I love the most is the "spill over effect", as I call it. When the food part is mastered, and we are feeling good about ourselves, we become more productive with our life goals as well. That's spill over. And it's a great feeling. My journey continues, with newer and shifting goals. As it should be.
Update - May 15, 2014
Depending on the scale (and of course we take the best reading one!), I'm down about 12 pounds since seeing the doctor. I set a goal of 50 pounds down for my niece's wedding come August, and I'm down 12 pounds in that endeavor. Whether I make that deadline or not, I know I will continue with my downward trend. SparkPeople keeps me accountable like no other program. Logging and tracking have been incorporated as part of my daily routine. As easy as brushing my teeth: I don't give it a second thought, and I have been tracking for over six years now.
Goals and life's pursuits change over time. As long as we continue to make healthy choices, I know that I am on track. I'll get there, even if it takes longer than I originally thought. Starting up with the exercise again has helped tremendously, not just body, but mind as well. I definitely missed that component while I was out of town on assignment.
Update - February 5, 2015
As we all know, this is a process, that if we are lucky, will last a lifetime. Unlearning all the bad habits that got us here in the first place, allowing ourselves to be human, and to get back up and dust ourselves off, is the key to all of this, I believe. Right now, while waiting for my favorite treadmill to be available the other day, I noted in my day runner my weekly weight loss goals to get me to April 25th. Thus far, I'm on track and should make it, if I keep up this pace. And if I don't, then we just readjust and continue on with the plan. It's not about dates, and it's not about how many pounds, but what we can realistically sustain. SP is an incredible force of nature. And the reason for that is because of the people who populate these cyberwalls. That is what makes this community of "losers" different from all the rest out there, and it's the only thing that keeps me in check, so I don't gain back the 32 pounds that I have more or less successfully maintained in over six years of being here. Yes, for those of you who follow me closely, it was over 46 pounds lost, and I'm okay with having lost some ground. We readjust, as I said above, and we start again. It's a process. And from my calculations, this should take me clear to March, 2016. And that's okay, too.
Meet you at the top!
SW: 255 lbs.
250 lbs. - DONE
245 lbs. - DONE
240 lbs. - DONE
Spark SW: 240 lbs.
235 lbs. - DONE
230 lbs. - DONE
225 lbs. - DONE
110 lbs. (goal)
Put another way:
One quarter of weight lost (36.25 pounds) 218.75 lbs.
Half of weight lost (72.5 pounds) 182.5 lbs.
Three quarters of weight lost (108.75) 146.25 lbs.
Total weight loss (145 pounds) 110 lbs. and goal!
Now to head for maintenance.
|54 Days until: 30 pounds by April 25th!
Member Since: 3/27/2008
Fitness Minutes: 21,318
A major lifestyle change: Body, mind and soul.
Taking on good habits one at a time, so as not to be too overwhelmed. It seems to be working.
Logging all intake is key. Good days, bad days, all are logged days.
Learning to believe in me.
One step at a time.
One pound at a time.
One goal at a time.
I will not quit.
I will falter, but I will not fail.
I will achieve.
And now is the time.