In 2008, I lost 80 pounds then gain most of it back. I remember clearly how much better I felt and how much healthier I was at that weight. This time I'm giving away my old clothes as soon as they no longer fit. All the effort and energy spent on this journey is well worth it. I re-started the journey to physical freedom. Fresh attitudes, open to new ideas and letting go of past failures. Being enthusiastic about this journey and celebrating each step helps me let go of fear. ...
In 2008, I lost 80 pounds then gain most of it back. I remember clearly how much better I felt and how much healthier I was at that weight. This time I'm giving away my old clothes as soon as they no longer fit. All the effort and energy spent on this journey is well worth it. I re-started the journey to physical freedom. Fresh attitudes, open to new ideas and letting go of past failures. Being enthusiastic about this journey and celebrating each step helps me let go of fear. I am committed to facing my issues honestly by reflecting on my behaviors and being accountable. Walking slowly, is my fitness exercise until I'm able to do more. Consistent tracking of my food and my fitness are the tools that make this journey work for me. I will not give in to discouragement.
The future is not some place we are going to, but a place we are creating. The paths to it are not found, they are made. John Schaar. Creating a healthy future is my goal. I will get there by celebrating every healthy choice and working on goals each day.
Tracking my food honestly. Eating a balanced diet of 1250 - 1550 calories per day. Weighing monthly. Intentionally moving more. Reading SP posts and articles daily to keep my motivation high and my goals realistic.
I am married and we have 2 grown children. I am in my 60's and live in Southern California. We are blessed by good weather most of the year. I am challenged by exercise by being so overweight and by asthma. We have a dog who loves to walk and is an inspiration for fitness. Walking is my starting point.
Thanks so much for commenting on my For the Body I WANT blog! :) You are SO normal in your body image confusion! I know how I feel but never know what I look like compared to others without photographic evidence, but.. I have stopped caring so much about that. I just want to see my changes in myself and am not too concerned what others see, think, etc. You know? It's for us and their progress (or lack thereof) has no bearing on MY actions or how I feel about myself. My sister has always been smaller than me, the other day she asked what I was doing for my birthday and I said "No plans really" and she was like "Besides getting skinny?? You're only 30 pounds more than me now." And it's true, but all I ever see is a HUGE belly and cannot imagine I'm not much heavier that her anymore. She is not "tiny" or even "fit" at all, but I've always thought she was a decent size. Now that I'm almost there, I see that I will have to improve on that as well when I get there. I will be happy if/when I weigh less than her, but it will take a while for ME to realize what I look like. You're right.. baby steps, one day at a time. Our minds have to change with our bodies, but not to get better at comparisons... better so we can love ourselves more and appreciate the AMAZING changes WE are doing EVERY DAY! :) We rock.. there's no getting around it :) hehe XOXO
Hey, how did your JUNE goals go? I'm having a rough time with sleeping enough, but it's getting easier and easier to get enough water since it's been so hot! Geez! Do you have goals for July? Keep rockin'.. WooHoo! :) XO
Hey Done Girl -- Happy June!! I would like to wish you a everlasting renewal of energy and passion, for this is a time to celebrate the great potential you possess. May the sun shine upon you and fire up your heart to reach all of your goals and find joy in yourself and the world around you. Whatever battles you are fighting, whatever stresses may come your way, may you find energy, confidence, vitality and strength. This is the time to shine bright and show the world how beautiful you are. Embrace the summer-lit brilliance of each day and you will create a new life where all your wildest dreams come true. ~ Michelle
If you ever need a shoulder, a friend or a virtual coffee at some point, drop by and say hello! I've just celebrated my SP eight month anniversary and am amazed at the absolutely incredible amount of support I've received with not only weight loss but life in general. ~ Michelle