Monday, June 18, 2012
I have been slowly seeing that monumental goal that I set when I started this journey in march of last year come closer and closer... and finally it it when I weighed myself yesterday morning, the half way mark!!!!
Looking back, I remember that day when I decided to give SP another go around. On that day, the half way mark seemed so far off... like almost a dream. Sometimes the changes in my body are obvious to me, but yet other times I wonder if the changes are really all that big. I sometimes wonder if this is because I see myself constantly as opposed to others who see me daily, weekly, a couple of times a year, ect. However, I am getting more and more comments and people asking if I've lost quite a bit of weigh. I am even now starting to get the "how did you lose so much weight" questions too. :) And how do I answer those questions? that I work out almost daily (something that I have come to love) and eat moderately, and mostly healthy food. I also use the "I work out a lot as a great stress reliever" line too, as I'm a Ph.D. grad student.
But looking back on the first half of my journey to reaching a healthy weight, I ask myself the same question... how did I lose so much weight?" Honestly, I've definitely had my ups and downs so far, and am realistic in the fact that I will have more, as I work towards reaching a healthy weight. It has taken me sticking to SP, on the good days and bad.... days when I'm estatic that I've reached another bench mark.... and on days where I get frustrated with myself, asking myself how I managed to wreck the day, weekend, week eating horribly and working out/moving so little. Those rough days still happen, but happen much less frequently now than when I first started. I was pondering why this is... I believe this is because of a few reasons. Working out has become a habit, and it feels odd not to work out. I also now enjoy working out and look forward to it! (I know, who would have thought? certainly not me when I started) I recently went through a 6 week plateau, became very frustrated, and then changed when I worked out. I switched to setting the alarm about an hour earlier than normal during the week, and working out an hour to hour and a half or so before heading into lab. I also started walking to lab and home again at the end of the day, about a mile each. As to food... I still struggle, but love the way I feel when I eat relatively balanced, healthy food throughout the day. I also am working on getting the "I'm home from lab and am super hungry" snacking problem under control. My newest way to work on this is with my dehydrator I bought myself saturday as a reward for reaching the half way benchmark (I knew I would hit it soon, just didn't think the next day :) ).
Okay, enough rambling.... :) and on to the next half!! :D
Monday, May 14, 2012
I saw my family yesterday for mother's day. The last time I had seen my parents was christmas. I hadn't seen my sister since then either, except briefly two weeks before yesterday. I got a text last night from my mom, thanking me for coming down and doing some yard work for her... and also telling me that she and my sister were talking after I left about how it looked like I had lost some weight. She started asking questions on how I had lost as much as I have...
Previously my family has been been fairly unsupportive in regards to me working at losing some weight. It was nice to have my mom asking how I've been doing it. It seems that leading by example is the best way to encourage my immediate family to work on becoming healthier themselves. :)
Saturday, May 12, 2012
I weighed myself a day early (because of being out of town tomorrow for mother's day) and much to my surprise.... I've officially lost 40 pounds!! It was nice to see the scale move finally after being stuck on a plateau for about 4-5 wks.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I had been doing really well and was super pumped from my 1 yr spark anniversary along with finding out that I was leading the yellow team for the spring challenge.... and then last night.... i got the munchies before eating out. I managed to confine it to lower calorie munchie stuff. I then ate two plates of food at the mongolian buffet (of which is super hard to track, so i didn't) but at least left the noodles out. I tried to make slightly healthier choices of ingredients, such as lean beef, tofu, and tons of veggies. Even so, I was beating my self up about it, as I suspect I probably went over in calories a lil bit. I just made a note of it on my nutrition page for yesterday and decided to move on. I am looking back at it and seeing what I did that was better than normal when that happens and focusing on that. I made better ingredient and food choices than normal. I am also trying to learn from the more negative parts and see how I can improve it next time. However, the biggest thing is forgiving myself for the small slip-up, and moving forward. :) I'm looking forward to a healthy eating day and putting in a good work out this evening when I get home from lab.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
I am not where I imagined/hoped myself to be at this point, when I started SP... yet that is. However, I have noticed definite changes. My pants, and now tops ect., are too big for me.... I also ran 5 miles for the first time, yesterday. A year ago, I would have shuddered at the thought of running 5 miles. I'm a bit fatigued today, but not sore really.
I have also noticed my reasons for becoming more healthy are shifting. They certainly still include the obligatory wanting to lose weight too look better and to do it in spite of my family (parents and sister) being no real support in this. However, I have noticed that now I am wanting to do it to be a role model for my 12 yr old niece who is also definitely overweight. If her mom isn't doing it, at least I can show her it is possible through some hard work and determination. I also have several friends wanting to lose weight, anything from a few pounds to even more than me... and I want to show them that it can be done without starving yourself or turning to diet drugs ect.
To reward myself for sticking with it for a year, I am going to honor my efforts by having another healthy day. A light workout (suffering a bit of muscle fatigue after yesterday) and eating healthy. I'm making myself some Tom Kha Gai, my fav soup (also so i have leftovers for lunch next week :) ) along with buying myself some more comic books.
More than anything, this past year on SP has taught me that I can stick with it, and that changes will slowly come. :)
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