Saturday, October 09, 2010
When I signed up for Sparkpeople on March 10 of this year, I set out with a goal to lose 111 pounds by March 10, 2011. Since I am right at about 50 pounds in 7 months, I realized I will most likely not meet that goal. Dont get me wrong, I am not upset by that. I know I will make it just maybe not by March. I figure by the end of this year, I will be down about 70 and by March I should be close to 90. I added 3 more months to my goal date and feel that is a pace I can stick with. If I get there sooner, great. If it takes longer, then it does.
One thing I have learned in the last few months is that this is different for everyone. Some people do great with deadlines and I realized that isn't me. I tend to get off track and focus on the wrong things instead of going with my motto, Progress, not perfection. This is my life. Cake is going to happen. Captain Morgan is going to happen. Pizza is going to happen. I refuse to beat myself up if I choose to eat or drink something that is not helpful to my weight loss goal. I dont do it often but this is what I love about SP. I can live my life without feeling deprived. It is my choice and I am learning about control and reversing who has the upper hand: me or food!
That does not mean I give myself permission to have free for alls because I am always aware of my choices and am pretty strong when it comes to sticking to my plan. I just want to be reasonable, enjoy my life, continue to lose weight and get healthy and if that doesn't happen by a certain date, I dont want to feel like I failed. So I am giving myself some room, will continue to move down that tracker and I will get there.