Looking back after 4 months
Friday, May 13, 2011
I can't believe it's been nearly a month since my last blog. With work, college, then Spring Break (hooray!) and family events, I've had a hard time squeezing everything in. What makes me feel good is that my healthy lifestyle has still been a high priority.
It's my 4th month on Sparkpeople and I have lost 32 lbs. I still consistently track all my food, usually plotting out all meals in the morning and I stick to that plan! I have not missed a day of fitness, even though it means I get up at 4:45am and hit the gym before work.
I love the changes I have made, love being able to wear clothes I've hung onto for 8 years, love feeling positive and capable that I can do things like going backpacking again, trying a new fitness class or weight machine -where I used to feel apprehensive and awkward just thinking about such things.
The best part is that I feel I have truly embraced this new lifestyle; it is now part of me. When I think of tracking my nutrition (at least in some accountable fashion) for the rest of my life, it doesn't seem like a chore. It’s a regular activity, as natural as eating & drinking. Getting out and moving (walking, biking, cardio or strength training in the gym) takes away stress and gives me back energy.
Sure, there are times when I start thinking lazy thoughts, but I remind myself that at least 6 days each week there are only two daily choices:
1) Either take an action to maintain/improve my health and keep my body strong
2) Do not take any action, which incrementally will erode my health prematurely.
With 52 years in this body, I watch and listen to others even just a few years older and some are cautionary tales. And I know I am so blessed that during the times I was overweight, I only had minor issues. No one chooses to have a stroke, break a bone or damage muscles, but when the damage is done, they look back and usually have a sentence that starts “If only I had (lost weight, listened to my doctor, walked more, stop smoking, etc…..)".
From where I stand, I think accountability, a little nutrition tracking and a lot of moving are very small tasks that will continue to pay off big for me. I don't want to take that for granted, I want to be grateful, thankful and full of purpose.
Yes, this is my lifestyle and I embrace it!