Sunday, November 10, 2013
So, looking at my ticker, it seems that I am almost "there". Almost at "goal" weight. As my little running woman edges ever-closer to that "finish line" though, I pause and ponder ...
What is a "goal" weight?
Whenever I hear the word "goal" it sounds like an end to me. A dictionary definition might be: "the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result."
Huh. Is me reaching a certain weight the object of my ambition and effort here?
Or is there more?
Yes, I began Sparkpeople (and more recently joined Overeaters Anonymous) to lose weight. No question there. Let's face it, I was close to 200 lbs, and firmly stationed in the "obese" range of the body mass index.
But these last few months as I have been learning more about myself, the more I realize that a number on the scale is not my main objective. I am not just changing my size or shape (although thankfully that has happened!); I am changing my LIFE.
So, if not a "goal weight", what, then, *is* my objective?
This may change as I continue to live at a healthy weight, but, for now, my objectives are:
(1) to learn how to tone this new body of mine. I am blessed to have the Sparkpeople site and community for this part - I know how to do this already.
(2) to continue to forge a healthy relationship with food. Learning to fuel my body with healthy foods for maximum performance and clear-headedness seems a much better goal than "should I be 140 or 135 lbs"?
I remind myself daily that the end of my ticker is not the end of my journey; it's a continuation.
What are YOUR objectives?
Saturday, June 01, 2013
The other night, I was changing for bed. I took off my blouse in the dim light (dh was already asleep), and wasn't sure what I was looking at. It then dawned on me - my WAIST!
Oh, how I've missed it!
You see, I have always been bottom-heavy. Even on my wedding day, with all 125 lbs of me, my hips and bottom were disproportionately bigger than my upper half. But my waist has always been tiny in comparison (so have my breasts, but that's another blog).
Well, with 50 extra pounds on my frame, one of my favourite features was covered. In fat.
But not anymore, 10 lbs down, and it has started to re-assert itself. And with it, I've found my motivation again. It must have been hiding under that fat roll all along!
Now, directly under my new-found smaller waist is a tummy roll of gigantic proportions, but I can only do this one day, one workout, one nutritional choice at a time.
Stay tuned, though, for an "I found my hip bones" blog!
Monday, March 25, 2013
Those of you familiar with my blog entries will know that my mother and I try to encourage and support each other in our healthy lifestyles. We also compete goodnaturedly against each other, too, when we need a little boost to our motivation.
Our last "competition" was two summers ago:
Unfortunately, we didn't end up doing very well that time. I don't know what got in the way of our success, but we are nevertheless giving it a "go" again this year.
A few weeks ago, we decided to see if we could get closer to our weightloss goals before my cousin's wedding coming up this July 25. In England. The thought of travelling all that way for a wedding and not looking my best in the photos taken was a great motivator for me!
So far, I have lost 5.6 lbs. My mom is doing well also.
We have 17 weeks left. I am aiming to lose 1-2 pounds a week to be about halfway, or a little better, on my way to goal by then. My mother, who has half as much to lose, is aiming for 1 pound a week to be almost at goal by then.
Wish us well!
Monday, November 26, 2012
I have now streaked my exercise longer than I ever thought I would. I am up to 62 days in a row of at least 15 minutes of cardio or strength training.
Now, my mid-term goal of 100 days in a row does not seem as daunting as it once did.
Any ideas as to what my long term goal should be? 200? 350?
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