21% of My Goal
Sunday, March 06, 2011
That's right! I've achieved 21% of my goal so far. I've lost 18.4 pounds and have 87.6 pounds to go. It would seem that 87.6 is a bit overwhelming, and perhaps it is. So, today I want to focus on the 21% or 18.4 pounds lost since December 1, 2010. In fact, it is nearly cause for celebration!
Let's be honest, I've lost 18 pounds before, and in fact, more. So what's different now? The difference is that I have dieted all my adult life with a roller coaster of very moderate (even disappointing) levels of success. I've never reached my goal weight and never even came close. The result has always been the same...get bored with the diet, get lazy with the exercise, gain the weight back, get depressed and gain even more. And so goes my life...in the past.
Today, I am more than 3 months into a healthy lifestyle and cannot imagine going back to my old ways. Why would I? We eat delicious meals, full of colorful and flavorful vegetables, lean and guilt-free meats and find that I don't miss the loaded baked potatoes or creamy macaroni and cheese...okay, truth be known, I do sometimes think of a thick, savory, juicy grilled del monico steak. Then I think of the lovely marbling in that steak, which is just a beautiful way of saying "fat-infused" meat. No thank you!
For over a year I've walked, often using the WIO, and found that I was getting really tired of it. It had lost its spark for me. So, I gave a lot of thought to what I needed and wanted. Should I join a gym? We live in rural WV and the nearest gym is 25 minutes away...no way I'd never stick with it. I needed something that I could do at home. We don't have room for a weight bench and I'm not very interested in that anyway...so what to do???
Started researching online and came up with some ideas. I went to Dick's and bought a jump rope and a weighted hula hoop, a foam exercise roller, a yoga mat and a 4-way resistance band. Cool!
When I was a kid, I spent countless hours jumping rope and attempting to hula hoop (I never was very good at that), but it was fun to try! I also knew I needed to do some resistance training as I've sorely overlooked this aspect of fitness. So, now I have some new toys to play with or should I say new tools to work with...no, no...I like the idea of toys...life is full of work and very little play, until now.
My first two days of attempting the weighted hula hoop was a hoot. I dropped that thing so many times that the sides of my knees were black and blue from trying to keep it from hitting the ground. But, for every time it hit the ground (which was often), I bent over at the waist and picked it up...more exercise, right? I had to laugh when I thought to myself that I sort of had the female version of ED...just couldn't keep it up. Sorry! Just had to share that thought.
By the third day, I had it going 150 revolutions before losing it and yesterday I managed 194 revolutions. I'm improving every day. Can't wait until I just lose count and keep it going until I choose to stop! My bruises are better, not gone, but better. My heart rates soars, my head drips sweat and I have a ball doing it. Yesterday, when I finished, I had to wipe up the floor because there were sweat drops spattered about! Good Lord, who would have thought that would ever happen?
I haven't started the jump rope yet. But, its in my arsenal to use in the future. My husband's stationary bike has been calling my name too. I try to ride it 20 minutes in the morning at 20-22 miles an hour and again in the evening at the same pace. It gives me a good, quick heart-rate burst and then I go on about my activity.
Life has changed and changed dramatically. I cannot believe that I let myself become so sedentary! A body at rest really does tend to stay at rest!!
Now, however, I move and move often. I have achieved 21% of my total goal in 3 months and I'm proud of that and motivated by it. If I continue at this pace, I will reach my goal weight by this time next year. At my heaviest last year, I weighed 252 pounds **embarrassed**. Today, I weigh 223. At goal...136. I am focused on that goal and will continue with this amazing life-style change which will bring it about in due time. I certainly didn't get to be 252 pounds in a month or two and I know that I must be patient and continue to drive myself in order to see this through.
Thanks to all my friends here at SP and my friends at Bodybugg who keep me encouraged and help me to stay focused and committed.