Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Day 3 of my posting challenge. Today's question is who have I shared my weight loss goals with and what has been good about sharing those goals.
When I initially started the weight loss journey this time, I didnít share my weight loss goals with anyone; not even my husband. In the 18 years that he has known me, I have loss a significant amount of weight no less than 3 times. And like the previous 5+ times before those 3, I would gain the weight back. So this time, I didnít say anything. I didnít want to set myself up for failing by not achieving any specific weight loss goals. So, instead of weight loss goals (remember, Iím more than a number on a scale) I set out with different goals in mind; eating healthier and exercising more. If the weight came off as a result of those goals, so be it. If nothing else, I would be healthier and be in better shape. I shared these goals with my husband and supportive friends. One of my eating goals was to eat healthier so I set small but, attainable goals. Increase my water intake, reduce my consumption of diet soda intake to twice a week, increase my fruit/vegetable consumption to 6-7x/day, eat less processed food. These little goals and many more, by themselves, didnít really mean a lot. Itís what happened when I started doing them all together, thatís when the magic started to happen. I started to lose weight. One of my exercise goals was to be consistent. I had to find something I liked and could do year-round; so I started walking. I walked all over the place. I walked so much that I completed a walking event of 13 miles. After I did those 13 miles walking, something Ďclickedí in my mind. If I could walk a half-marathon, certainly I could run a half-marathon. So the goal of being able to run was one that I shared with a co-worker. Sheís a runner and I knew that I could trust her to help me along. With her guidance I started setting small goals of being able to run a complete mile without stopping. From that first mile, I worked up to 3 miles. Without her help and encouragement, I feel that my goal of running a half-marathon would have been harder to obtain.
By sharing my goals with positive and nurturing friends and family, I have found the support and encouragement that made achieving them possible. I probably would have achieved these goals with out their support but, it would have been harder and not nearly as much fun.
Before I close I wanted to post this link. It's a very powerful message and one that a lot of us could possibly relate to you. When I was a child, there was no awareness of bullying. I was bullied so much that I truly believe that it did affect my self-worth. I'm working on that but, 40 years later, it's still an issue. I hope that some day everyone will be seen for whom they truly are - a mirror image of our Heavenly Father.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
So, today's posting is to be about goal weight. How did I pick my goal weight? Did I know at the beginning of my weight loss what my goal weight was? Did the goal weight change and did I set smaller goals along the way?
In my previous weight loss attempts, I did have a goal weight in the back of my mind that I wanted to achieve. Once I lost that specific amount of weight the magic was supposed to happen. I would be transformed, the birds would always be singing and the sun would always shine. When I would lose that weight amount, the birds had all flown south, the sun would sometimes shine and there was certainly no magic happening. At least not that I could see. It was still my same life; the dishes were still sitting in the sink, the kitty litter still needed to be cleaned and the dust bunnies were still hiding behind the sofa. What the heck? Since my life (and attitude) hadn't changed, the weight came back. And the worse feeling was when I would gain back even more than I had originally lost.
What's different this time is that I don't have a goal weight in mind. My goal weight if you want to call it that is to strive to know that I'm more than a number. My weight will/does not define me. I'm caring, passionate about my marriage and home life, I strive to be honest at work, I adore my grandsons, love being outdoors, discovered that I'm a runner and so much more. I'm that and so much more, regardless of what I weigh. I think that is what is so different this time. Previously I was focused on a number. I wasn't looking at what that 'number' represented. That 'number' was me. If I want to maintain this weight loss I need to focus on that person and really discover who she is.
At this point, that's where I'm at in my weight loss journey.
Monday, October 01, 2012
One of my goals for the month of October is to try and blog a little something everyday. I'm a shy person. Blame that on my childhood and the rejection that I often felt on a daily basis. There is a part of me that is scared to open up to people and risk facing that rejection again. So, when I found this posting:
I thought why not. It's a great way for me to start opening up, being honest with everyone and mostly being honest with myself.
So today's posting is about stats and goals. With the help of Sparkpeople and sheer determination, I managed to lose 76#. I did that over the course of 2 years. I'd like to lose an additional 15#. The way I eat now is such a lifestyle that I truly don't look at it as a diet. I've dieted in the past and stopped. That's when the weight came back, again, again and yet once again. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've lost the same weight. But, for whatever reason this time seems different. It could be that it is a lifestyle. I don't deprive myself of anything. Everything in moderation, I say. The other thing that is/was different this time? I discovered running and exercising. What a difference that has made in my life. I was diagnosed with arthritis in my feet, ankles and hips. Who knew that running would actually help the pain that I was experiencing?
Goals for October:
1) Continue doing a long run of 8-9 miles on the weekend.
2) Track everything
3) Post once a day
4) Connect with my girlfriends at least once a week
5) Work on cleaning out my spices and replacing with fresh
With that I'll end this post with a picture of the fall colors that we are experiencing in Wisconsin.
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