Monday, September 21, 2009
Looking Back so that I can Move Forward...
FIWC will be my third challenge with the caring, supportive, and trouble-making group of women known as the Sunny Gals - Lucky Me!
I've lost 23 pounds in the past 26 weeks with the Sunny Gals. Not bad! Especially considering that I've been unable to exercise since June due to a knee injury.
Now in the past, the old me wouldn't celebrate a 23lb weight loss - After all, it's only 1/4 of the 83lbs that I need to lose - and when you're "all or nothing" and critical of yourself like I used to be, I would have focused on the fact that I still had 60lbs to lose and for good measure, I probably would have beaten myself up for not having lost more weight. Yes, I have 83lbs to lose - you can really see how that negative, all or nothing attitude worked for me in the past :)
But the patient, focused and grateful me thinks that this wonderful 23lb weight loss has been illuminating.
For instance since losing 23 lbs:
I now use the fourth hole on my belt (it used to be the first)
I no longer wear clothing with a "W" in the label
My double-chin is now 1 and 1/2 chins
My XL shirt has been replaced with a loose-fitting Large
Most importantly, I've proven to myself that I can be patient and goal-oriented and I'm no longer too shy to ask for help when I need it (props again to my Sunny Gals). I've stopped making excuses and I refuse to let life's distractions deter me - case in point, I managed to lose weight even while on crutches the last 5 weeks - You Go Girl!
My goals for the FIWC:
Continue to eat only when hungry and with purpose - an ongoing challenge for this former emotional-eater
Continue to limit alcohol - sigh...
Workout when possible and focus on quality and not quantity.
Stay involved with the Sunny Gals. I toyed with the idea of dropping out of the last challenge when I was discouraged about my knee prognosis and overwhelmed with trying to lose weight without exercising but the Sunny Gals would have none of that - again, lucky for me!