Monday, February 21, 2011
Great expectations....It seems we all start out with great expectations and that is a good thing. However, as time passes it seems we tend to lose some of our excitement and enthusiasm. Boy do I know the feeling....I have been with SP now for five years this month. During that time I have been up, down, and all around the motivation spectrum. The good thing is, with the help of my SP buddy and all of you, I am still here. I may not have met all of my goal yet but I am still trying. And that is something six years ago I would not have done.
My expectations for this challenge are the same as they have always been. And that is to stay motivated no matter what huddle I might be facing in my present day life. My goals have not changed much from the beginning either. I must say, though, that over the past five years I have learned that setting a goal for a specific time period was a problem for me. Especially if I did not achieve my goal. That is when I changed how I thought about my goals. Goals are like the dreams you have for your life. You do not always get what you think you want when you want. My goal was to get to 145 in two years. Well it didn't happen. What I did get was help in how to control my portion distortion (for the most part), my use of food as a security blanket, and most important how to get right back on track if I totally went on a food frenzy.
And that brings me to now. I am no longer working and that has put a big fly in the ointment. Seven month with out my routine of working every day has changed everything. Including my weight. I am up 10 pounds from where I was in July of 2010. Everything I have learned over the last five years has made all the difference. I may be up 10 pounds but, I was up 15 pounds. I have put everything I have learned at SP to the test and I am on a downward trend once again. My main goal for this challenge is to see how far I can get with my weight loss by the end of the challenge. I could not control being let go from my job but I certainly can control my weight. Even if I never get to my 145 dream weight, I will be a happy camper to maintain my loss of 51 pounds I have lost to date....