The title of my blog might sound like I am going in the wrong direction. Growing in one sense could be getting larger. But, the growing I am doing is finding peace in who I am and what I am capable of.
The biggest discover is that I don't have to hit every goal to be a success. Even though I wanted to be at my goal weight by December 11th, which did not happen, I still am feeling healthy, alive and I know I will get to my goal weight in good time.
My prior weight loss efforts have always been that I set a goal to lose X by a certain date and I would do it. I would then go on with my life and slowly but surely the weight would creep back on (plus more
). I have been a habitual yo-yo dieter since 18.
This time I am experiencing and earning every pound lost. Even though I might have 3 weeks of the same number on the scale, this has not discouraged me. I am finding out how to maintain as I continue to progressively drop weight.
I did not go on any fanatically exercise program. I have mixed it up all over the place. I enjoy finding ways in my normal day to get moving. One strategy is parking way, away from a store. Even if I have to push 50 pounds of goods back, it is all worth it. I have only spent $80 on videos this time around. Before I would have tried to buy anything that I thought might boost my chances of getting the most weight off in a week.
I have not bought a lot of any one particular food. I also switch this up. Early on I prepared lots of SparkPeople menus. Once I got bored with cooking, I switched to easy to prepare foods. The simpler the better. Spending the better part of a year figuring out what to eat to keep the pounds coming off has made me very aware of the calories in most items.
So, whatever life brings, I am determined to not lose sight of the fact that food is nourishment and not to lose sight of of how easy it is to stuff food in for the wrong reasons.
I am excited about Spring, my newly planted roses are putting out leaves and I can't wait to enjoy each color. Observing nature is slowly replacing my focus on food. (even aphids!)
The following is a picture of one of my newly planted rose bushes as it is leafing out and growing!