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BIG Challenge: Destination ONEderland...!

Friday, September 18, 2009

All right...I've been on the sidelines long enough with this plateau of mine. Lately I've been SO jealous of all you folks REALLY SPARKING out there that I've decided to finally knuckle down and get serious about breaking through to ONEderland by Jan. 1st, 2010! This will involve ongoing loss of around 1-2 pounds a week.

I've been scheming and dreaming about this over the past few days, trying to get the right mindset before going *PUBLIC* with my announcement. I have a number of strategies in mind, mostly along the food intake approach, rather than making much of a significant change in my workouts...although that I'll continue to shake up and challenge myself along these lines as well.

Additionally I've given myself permission once I break through the 200 pound mark to decide NOT to stay under 200 if I find myself as compulsive about exercise and healthy eating as I USED to be about overeating and poor food choices, as Coach Dean did (here's his GREAT story about his journey toward developing a "live-able" approach toward health and wellness: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
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My plateau HAS brought me some wonderful gifts: confidence in my food choices and ongoing daily (with rare exceptions) workouts among other things. These areas of my life are so ingrained that it becomes truly easy, like good habits come to feel. This has been a period of "incubation" and preparation and now?

I'm ready to put some OOMPH behind it and push through the 200 mark!

Recently I have been dropping a pound here and there over the summer, adding up to a whopping 5 pounds lost since June/July. Which brings me to 225. Maybe even lighter...I weighed in at 225 earlier this week at work but today at the doc's office, even though both scales are triple beams, his always weighs me in a couple pounds more, yet I weighed in at 224...! All this psyching up of myself already has some momentum building!

I'll post some of the habits I'll be changing along the way and certainly update everyone on my progress. As you know from my recent blog, *going public* is a TREMENDOUS motivator for me and I can't thank everyone out there ENOUGH for all your WONDERFUL SUPPORT!

SPARKPEOPLE ROCKS!

Don
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GMN5153 9/22/2009 6:48AM

    I'm joining on your journey to Onederland!!!I'm feeling determined to get there!!!Your blog was the push I needed to kick it up!!thanks

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OUTDOORGIRL69 9/20/2009 9:42PM

    You can do it. As one of my team matse say to me
YOU HAVE THE POWER

Ida

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KELLI9001 9/20/2009 7:31AM

    You can do this!!! Make it happen!

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ROYALETBONE 9/19/2009 8:47PM

    I hear ya!
I inchy pinchyed up a couple of pounds for a month- but I'm right where my ticker says I am today, and I'm feeling so ready for another drop.
I don't mind my little 'breaks' in losing. It's like I take time to get to know my body at the new weight, and figure out maintenance, and like that. I've had a couple of very LONG 'hold'- not plateus, just times when losing wasn't the most important thing for a while. Still working on my flexibility and endurance.
I'm ready for another batch- 15 off by January sounds about right for me- I'm going for the 1 pound a week slot...
Oh, now I've said that here, I have to go blog about it.
Nice challenge for me.

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JOYFUL_JO 9/19/2009 4:25PM

    My friend's psychiatrist husband used to tell her that her secrets kept her fat. Of course he meant the food she snuck, the drive through meals she hid by tossing the evidence before arriving home, etc. Turns out that was true in my life and the inverse is true as well: when we go public, we have the accountability and lose the anonymity of staying in the shadows.

I'll look forward to hearing about how it's going and celebrating with you when you get to the finish line.

Jo



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ZELLAZM 9/19/2009 6:32AM

    You can do this! Will be interested to hear about the food intake changes you plan to make, and rooting for you all the way!
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P.S. Yes, I do seem to be healing up more quickly now than back when I wasn't so focused on fitness. Another benefit of Sparking!

Good weekend!


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SOULCOLLAGESUE 9/19/2009 2:43AM

    Courage becomes you. Wisdom precedes you. Vulnerability is your charm.
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/19/2009 2:35AM

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Go, Don!


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CAOMAGIC 9/19/2009 12:36AM

    It's all about us as PEOPLE, not our weight that makes us special!!! You go Don!!!

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AME0809 9/19/2009 12:15AM

    Go, Don, Go!!! :)

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