Saturday, October 16, 2010
On decade birthdays I pause and think about my life and my goals. So, two years ago today, I seriously considered my weight and what it foretold for my life and decided it was time to do something.
Being me, I spent the next three months reviewing all sorts of programs and deciding how I would approach this project.
In January 2009, I joined The Biggest Loser website and eventually found a team that inspired me. In April of that year, we moved to SparkPeople, where I ultimately found some other teams that kept me focused on my goals.
In the intervening two years, I have:
1. Lost a bit over 100 pounds
2. Maintained my weight for the last several months. I'll admit I'd like to lose 2.5 pounds more, but if this is where I settle, I'll be happy.
3. Learned not to use food to solve other problems. For example, for the last 6 months, my back has degenerated to the point where surgery is the only option. Rather than let my limited mobility become an excuse to eat, I re-adjusted my calorie intake for my reduced exercise level and discovered the joys of walking and using weight machines and hand weights rather than free weights.
4. Become more secure in my ability to make healthy choices.