Sunday, May 01, 2011
I think everyone can relate to approaching a weight loss plan with some apprehension and doubt, being surprised to step on the scale and seeing a loss, hearing the quiet (or not-so-quiet) voice in the back of our heads saying that we will probably not be able to achieve what we have set out to do. Even though I have been losing consistently since January, I still had the sabotaging thoughts: "Yeah, I'm doing good now, but I'm sure I'll mess it up;" "It's too much to lose;" "I can't do it because ____."
Over the past month, I have had major changes in my appetite; that panicky feeling that comes with cravings is gone. My appetite seems to have regulated itself. I track diligently and plan my foods every day (and will continue to do so), but I find I naturally eat within my calorie range. I don't worry about going over my calories here and there any more, and am done punishing myself for overeating by eating even more. The way I have been eating has been satisfying and sustainable; I even have chocolate almost every day, and find the 1 ounce of dark chocolate to be plenty.
Luckily, I have always enjoyed exercise, and I have been exercising regularly despite having arthritis and a really bad right knee. Boxing has been awesome--major calorie burn with almost no impact on my knee. I miss lower-body strength training, but have been getting great results with Pilates. I walk and dance whenever I can. And my upper body has been getting lots of attention with the free weights, and I can see some definition. I have dumped the black-and-white thinking I had about exercise and have learned to adjust my program to what will be easy on my joints.
I was doing yoga the other day, and as I was relaxing into a stretch, I realized that the changes I have made are permanent. It was the moment when I didn't just THINK I would reach my goal weight, but that I KNEW I would reach it. It was simply a fact. Yes, 136 pounds is a lot to lose, but learning to enjoy the journey has made this a fun adventure, not a diet. I'll see you at the finish line!
Thursday, April 07, 2011
I've lost a little over 20 pounds so far, and have had some major shape changes over the past few weeks. Yesterday, I pulled on a pair of size 18 jeans and they fit (snuggly--but they fit!)! When I started the SparkDiet in January, I was wearing a tight size 22, and now those pants are almost falling off!
Also, today one of my coworkers commented on how good my abs look--I can see visible changes too!
I haven't had major changes on the scale over the past month, but my body composition is changing drastically. Goes to show that the scale doesn't tell all.
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