Monday, January 05, 2009
I started this weight loss journey before spark. I am much more consistent now that I am a sparker. My efforts are much more effective. I would like to take a minute though and honor my efforts before Spark. I was 215 at my heaviest. I am not weighing in at 183-and alarming 32 pound difference. I still have a way to go. I also made a paromise with myself to not only rely on the scale because it can lie at times and my main goal is not to be skinny. My main goal is to measure in a 34-24-38 or 40 (can't decide). BTW-Even though my bust and frame goals LOOK off. Those are the numbers I will need to get into a 34 D. So I am posting my stats along the way to see where I came from-set goals-and see where I'm going.
Starting Stats: (Oct'08) Current Stats: Difference: Goal Stats:
R. Arm 12.5 11.5 -1 10
L.Arm 12 11.5 -.5 10
Bust 40 37.75 - 2.25 38
Frame 35.5 32.25 - 3.25 29
Waist 34.5 30.5 - 4 24
Stomach 40 34.75 -5.25! 27
Butt 43.5 41 -2.5 40 or 38
Hips 42 40.5 -1.5 38 or 36
R.Leg 26 24.5 -1.5 24
L.Leg 26 24.5 -1.5 24
Weight 198 183 15 135
I feel nice seeing the changes that result because of the work that I have put in. It is encouraging to me. I know now that no matter what area of life. I can make a goal and attain it as long as I stay consistent. I recently read a book by Monique Greenwood called "Having What Matters." In this book she recently shared her recipe for P-soup. I shared in a post of one of my groups but I would like to take the opportunity and share it with anyone who is reading this page.
*Planning and Preparation
*Persistance and Patience
*Passion and Purpose
*Positive Role models and Patting yourself on the back
Planning is the most essential part of the goal. Without a plan you're just dreaming. Preparation is another important part of the soup. Without you're only preparing to fail.
I had to focus very hard on the Persistence part of the formula. I am an all or nothing person.
If I messed up then I would beat myself up and get depressed further mess up because I am an emotional eater and stop exercising. I realized how destructive this behavior is. I now know how to look at things in perspective. If I mess up 1 day a week and get back up and do great the other 6 then at the end of the month. those 4 days are not going to ruin all of the effects of the other 24. This took me out of years of the"I'll start again on Monday" syndrome.
Patience is also key. Even though I weigh myself weekly. I really like to measure every 6 weeks or so. I know 2 lbs a week is a healthy lasting weight loss. I tried my best to beat that average and get depressed and give up when I didn't meet that goal. I always had an unrealistic goal. Like lose 30 lbs by Valentine's day and start one month before. I would try a crazy unrealistic fad diet and fail of course. I didn't put this weight on overnight and I damn sure won't be able to take it off overnight either.
Passion. I am now very passionate about myself. I always was lsing weight for someone else. To get the boys to look at me instead of my friends all the time or to look like the girls on the videos (though Jessica aka Miss Rabbit will ALWAYS be my inspiration and don't be surprised if you see ME on a King Magazine cover in a year or two ; > ) Now I realize that I have to make changes to make myself healthy. My mom, dad and sister all have type II diabetes all developed late in life. I also DESERVE to be healthy and have a healthy body image.
Positive Role Models well I can just look all around me Sparkpeople has made me accountable and given me a support system and you all have given me a hand in Patting myself on the back.