That's me dancing at a Bucks game. I'm the very happy blonde on your right. Looking better in that costume and being able to move better are two of the things I will change by losing fat and building more muscle.
Weight loss challenges used to drive me nuts! I would start out fine, suffer some set-backs, get tempted to lie about my weight, convince myself that others probably were, gain a little, feel guilty, lose a little, maintain a little, and make excuses to the end. I couldn't WAIT for them to be OVER so I could go EAT!
I am different now. I am finishing my fourth week of a ten-week weight loss challenge that ends the day before the Fourth of July, Independence Day! I am doing the planning necessary to make it easier to stick with my food and exercise plans. Getting to know people better so that FRIENDSHIPS DEVELOP helps me want all of us to succeed. So, I'm there on the challenge thread, getting and giving support. My attitude remains positive and I am losing weight with ease, 2.4 (wk#1), 1.6 (wk#2), 2.2(wk#3), and whatever happens tomorrow. When this challenge is over, I want to do another. What a difference attitude, active participation, and friendships make!
This week, I did a little experiment. I got on the scale yesterday and today for a preview of tomorrow's attraction. (I usually weigh only once a week, on Fridays) My weekly loss today is .8 (175.6). Yesterday it would have been a weekly loss of 1.8 (174.6). I will weigh again tomorrow, for my weekly weigh-in. (BREAKING NEWS: 174.4 on Fri. 5/22/2009, down 2 more lb from LAST Friday---looking at last Friday's weight, Wednesday's, Thursday's and today's on a graph, the only one out of the 2-lb weekly trend line is Thursday's spike upward. Food, water and exercise for the week were consistently on my plan.)
Unless I'm retaining an overnight pound of water because of my heartbreak over Adam Lambert's coming in second as America's Idol and my body recovers by tomorrow, I'll have 13 lbs left to lose by July 4th. That's SIX weeks from tomorrow. Tough AND doable! (5/22/2009--CORRECTION--now 11.8 left to lose by the 4th.)
BEHAVIOR is more important than NUMBERS, and in a weight loss challenge, the focus is on numbers. The discouragement that comes with "number focus" is one reason I would BURN out and WANT out of such challenges. I thought I wasn't WINNING, unless I was LOSING (lbs).
BOTTOM LINE: If our BEHAVIOR is getting CLOSER TO OUR HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE goals, WE WILL HAVE WON. And, for that alone, staying in the challenge is worth it. We are proud each time one of us makes progress with the behavior that will help us maintain healthier weights. We can win our freedom from the tyranny of outdated bad habits together. ALONE IS HARDER. Let's stay with it.
Time for the TOUGH to GET GOING.
(I'm going, I'm going. Enough nagging already!)
Time can be found. It's around here SOMEWHERE. Our FREEDOM is at stake. (I know. I know. Get off my case!)
(My mind wanders off, making an abrupt subject change.) I will be an ADAM LAMBERT fan FOREVER. I will scrimp and save to buy his music!!!..I will....(The fit goes on.)
When I go off on THIS KIND OF TANGENT, my husband calls me a CRAZY OLD WOMAN. He says that once I like something, I'm loyal to the extreme, my defense of Brett Favre (while remaining a Packer fan) being another example. So, shoot me. I think loyalty is a GOOD thing