Hi! My name is Sarah, and I love to have fun outside, hence my SP name "SunshinySarah." I also chose this name because I struggle with anxiety and internal negativity, and have identified this as a root cause of weight gain and unhealthy eating for me. So I chose this uplifting name to remind myself of the true positive and upbeat person I deserve to be.
My weight loss history is a familiar story for many: By college graduation, I weighed 220 pounds. After striking out on my own and taking charge of my health, I lost 80 pounds (SP helped me with the final 20 pounds)! I still can't believe I accomplished that amazing feat: I was a healthy weight, and it felt so good to say that. But, sure enough, even though I said it wouldn't happen, some of the weight came back on. We bought a house (without real estate agents): 15 pounds. (I joked at our closing about how the pants I wore to first see the house no longer fit....). The nonprofit I worked for lost its funding, lost its executive director, and bumped through major transitions: 15 pounds. I lost my job and was unemployed for three months: 10 pounds. I was 175 pounds again. I didn't let myself think about it. Snacking, drinking, sweets, and big meals calmed my anxious stomach and mind, and maid me happy, temporarily. But as things settled down, I had to face the new, plumper face in the mirror (and on the scale). I knew exactly what to do.
I am now 10 pounds into my new weight loss journey, and have set my sights on a healthy weight that I know my body can maintain: 145 pounds. I have 20 pounds more to go, and I know I can do this! More importantly, through the work of positive affirmations, journaling, increasing my self esteem and confidence, and re-training my internal dialogue towards positivity, I know I deserve this: to be my healthiest self.
I am already doing a few things right:
- I get outside for exercise regularly (cross-country skiing, running, walking with my dog, hiking, biking, and swimming), mostly with friends and family
- I read a positive affirmation daily, and reflect on it several times throughout the day. Some of these have truly changed my life.
- I prefer the taste and feel of whole foods: vegetables, beans, fish, fruit. (I just eat too much of it!)
- I eat amazing well during the workday - a healthy breakfast, a vegetable and protein-filled lunch, and fruit for a snack
- Strength-training one to three times per week, with the goal of accomplishing some advanced yoga moves this year: crow, side crow, hand stand, and full boat
- Practicing yoga several times a week
There are several things I am doing that are keeping me at an unhealthy weight, though:
- Snacking before dinner, when I get home from work
- Tasting food as I cook it (I am often full by the time dinner starts)
- Eating or drinking because of anxiety or depression, or boredom
- Eating past the point of being done, and sometimes past the point of being full
My goals this time around are to find peace and ease within my body, to develop a high level of core strength and flexibility (a back injury derailed me last summer!), to fit back into my pants (!), to develop solid confidence and self esteem, to love my body and care for it well, and to enjoy a balanced relationship with food. Specifically, I will:
- Develop the strength to do 20 pushups without stopping to rest
- Build the strength to master several challenging yoga poses: full boat, bridge, crow, side crow, and headstand or handstand.
- Develop coping mechanisms for stress, anxiety, and negative or depressed feelings, including going for a walk with my dog, drinking a cup of tea, sitting to take 5 deep breaths, or researching and experimenting with other methods
- Learning to eat slowly, perhaps by chewing more carefully and for longer or by putting the fork down, and checking in with my satisfaction level.
- Continue to practice yoga, meditation, and journaling, particularly when I get home from work (this is a challenging time for me)
- Continue to read a positive affirmation daily and reflect on this throughout the day
- To be able to do 20 pushups
- To master some challenging yoga poses: full boat, half moon, bridge, crow, side crow, handstand
- To eat more slowly and actually listen to my body and stop when I am done
- To overcome my anxiety, nervousness, and negativity, as these are often sources of my overeating
- Exercise outdoors daily (cross country skiing, walking my dog, cycling, hiking, running)
- Eat 1500-1700 calories per day, and listen to what my body needs
- Energize my outdoor adventures with whole foods
- Meditate, journal, practice yoga, and read daily positive affirmations to gain confidence, self esteem, and peace in my own body
My name is Sarah, and I love to play outside!
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