Friday, April 22, 2011
In all my many dieting programs, I started out gung ho. I could usually lose 20 pounds or so, getting to around 160 pounds. Well, I reasoned, I look pretty good---at least not that terrible-- and so my motivation for losing any more would fly the coop. I soon regained the pounds, and sooner or later, the whole process was started all over again.
Why did I do that? Did I not believe in myself enough that I'd really make it ? Maybe I subconsciously felt that I didn't deserve to be happy and to enjoy a healthy life to its fullest.
Whatever, losing weight then was a matter of getting it off as quickly as possible without much thought of what I needed to do to maintain it. Now I know that to maintain any loss that I must continue to do what I've been doing to take it off; Adjusting the calorie range bit by bit and being just as vigilante maintaining as I am about losing; That it is truly a lifetime process, and not a quick fix.
I can tell you now, that I no longer feel that way about reaching my goal. I am not rushing it, because I know that is futile for me---I don't lose weight like that anymore, not and eat healthfully and exercise as I should.
I am staying excited about losing even a half pound---a half pound leads to one pound, and one pound eventually becomes five. If I keep making the right choices and don't let my train jump track...it may even back up a bit, but as long as it's still on, then I'm okay.
There is this great blog by Joan_of_Spark (April 10, 2011) about staying on track. She says,
"You don't have to have the fastest engine.....you just need to stay on the track and you will get there ... it is certainly true that though at the moment, my train is chugging along slowly, even doing the reprehensible thing of getting on a side track and going backward, still it is on the track and I guess even trains need times of rest and being worked on......so I will just look on this as a rest stop for my train......because I fully intend to keep on chugging along on my track..... "
Isn't that inspiring? Good part about it is, nobody can knock me off track... but me. Scared or not, I'm staying on the track until I reach my destination. I deserve it. And look! There are so many other exciting goals yet ahead for me.
Friday, April 15, 2011
I did it. I changed my goal weight to 132. Someone kinda sorta egged me on to do it. So I'm ready --- after a very brief celebration, to go for my next goal.
I don't plan to change it again. But I do plan to continue tracking everything...my nutrition and my fitness to maintain what I have lost. It's what will keep me on track! I know me...if I stop being accountable I could easily fall off the wagon.
Really I owe so much to SparkPeople and my SparkFriends for traveling along with me this far on my journey. It's where my inspiration and motivation have come from.
So "Happy Trails" ya'll. I'm off!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
This morning, when DH brought in the newspaper, he said, "It's still dark outside and the birds are already singing!"
Well, what do you know? They must be celebrating with me for reaching my hard fought, long sought goal. It was my first goal set at 136 pounds. Umm, I was 'one ounce' shy, but who am I to quibble over a teensy ounce?
I gave myself a Strawberry Goodie. One, because I love strawberries and Two, because I stopped by the grocery store and picked up 6 cartons of big, beautiful, sweet and juicy strawberries on sale. We'll eat some fresh but most we'll freeze for later.
That's a nice reward. But about any another reward... to tell you the truth, I am so blessed with all I need that I really cannot think of anything else right now.
And my motivation for maintaining and continuing on with my goals---a Panama Canal Cruise in October with DH to celebrate our 65th Wedding Anniversary.
Perish the thought that I would let down and allow myself to 'backslide' to my former not-so-healthy-self, after obtaining the golden ring of sweet success.
So let me bask in the glow for a little while here--oh yes, I will continue tracking nutrition and fitness as usual--and I'll be back with my next challenge, probably sooner rather than later.
And after a bit of celebrating and readjusting my thinking, I will reset my last goal for only 4 pounds more... to rest at 132.
You know, it makes me want to sing with the birds.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I have told several of my friends about SparkPeople and how excited I am about it.
Truly it has made such a difference in my life. It has encouraged me to be more accountable...more diligent in tracking my nutrition and fitness...made some fabulous friends who encourage me and whom I try to encourage back.
I can hardly wait each morning to check my Page, to read blogs and nutrition news, and on and on. I am thrilled when someone reads and comments on my page or blog...oh well, that's vanity talking, but I still love it.
And I've slowly, but consistently lost weight.
Spreading my Spark. That's me.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Just one-half pound away. Already the changes have been wonderful... smaller clothes... sleep better... feel more confident with the knowledge that I can continue on to the finish line.
I feel more appreciation for my Spark Friends who have been such an encouragement and support. I'm feeling energetic because I am eating more healthfully, with no more night time snack attacks.
Before I change my final goal to lose about 4-5 more pounds, I want to celebrate BIG on my first goal and then go quietly and slowly into the sunlight toward my next goal of 132. Then I may give myself a HUGE reward, but what? I'm already so blessed, and the loss itself is it's own reward.
What do others do when they reach final goal?
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