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Monday, February 06, 2012

So after the "plateau" (or exercise-slacking, calorie-laden vacation) that happened over the holidays, I'm really proud of myself for building back up my momentum in January. The Biggest Loser Challenge is a huge motivator (given that the team is always expecting 1st place finishes and 100% participation, I always feel the pressure - in a good way - to do my part). Also, starting up Couch to 5K has been incredibly powerful - the program is injecting some much-needed new interest/challenge into my workout routine, which had gotten pretty stale after 7 months of walking and ellipticalling. I'm pushing myself again, and I love it!

Unfortunately, despite my ramped-up exercise and renewed energy for portion-control and calorie-tracking, the scale hasn't been budging very quickly. Instead of the 1-2 pounds per week that I was steadily dropping in the summer and fall, the scale has been eeking out an average of a half pound / week since I started BLC18. Granted, there were some hiccups (my birthday, including cheesecake and medieval times, and more recently, starting a birth control that - according to my doctor- is accompanied by several pounds of water weight that will stick with me until I stop taking the pills). I'm thinking that a realistic goal for this stage of my journey should be 1pound/week. That's manageable, right??

More importantly, 1lb/week is a goal that now has special meaning. A little birdie has whispered to me that I might be going on a vacation in May - on May 10, to be exact. It's still very much in the planning stages, but I'm hopeful that it's going to happen. And it's a fantastic motivation tool, to think how much more I'll enjoy adventures in a leaner, healthier body - not to mention, looking my best in travel photos!

So, if I lose 1 pound/week between now and May 10, I'll be at 150. What a great goal number! My eventual goal is still 135-145 (and to be a single-digit pants size), but in the interest of picking a specific, achievable target to focus on for the next few months, I've adjusted my ticker to say 150. This is also in line with the advice I just read on the 10% goal strategy www.sparkpeople.com/reso
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, since 150 pounds is about 10% away from where I am now. And once I reach 150, miracle of miracles, I'll actually weigh the number that it says on my driver's license!!! *grin*
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KARMA70 2/8/2012 11:00PM

    Ohh exciting, vacation!!

I think one pound a week is do-able. Just do your best and even if you don't reach your goal each week maybe you'll make up for it the next, at least you can be proud of yourself for putting in the hard work.

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EUPHRATES 2/8/2012 12:56AM

    Honestly, my weightloss slowed WAY down after I hit the 40lbs lost mark. Just keep on truckin' you'll get there!
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THESHELBSTER 2/7/2012 9:13PM

    Um...birth control you say? Hmmmmmmm. :0) Good for you! Hope it was worth the wait. Thanks for sharing the article. It makes a lot of sense. Once again I am so happy for you that you found the man of your dreams .How exciting to be making tentative vacation plans that are a full 3 months away. Sounds like you are in it for the long haul. Did you decided to tell him about your weight loss journey?

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 2/6/2012 7:08PM

    Hope changing the ticker helps! Great goals. Good luck!

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MONETRUBY 2/6/2012 5:42PM

    Awesome plan! And hey, 1/2 pound a week is nothing to sneeze at.

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FITAT50 2/6/2012 10:46AM

    I think 1 lb is much more reasonable than 2 lbs a week. I'm excited for you, you CAN do it!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 2/6/2012 3:56AM

    emoticon and I agree BLC is a huge motivator! Keep up the emoticon progress!

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