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What I gave up in reaching my goal

Sunday, March 25, 2012

In just over six months, I have reached my goal of losing 45 pounds, and reaching a healthy BMI. Now moving into maintenance mode and continuing toward a healthier life.

Several friends, coworkers, and neighbors, we know have asked what we gave up in order to lose the weight. I actually feel like I gave up very little. Yes we ate fewer processed foods for many incredibly delicious healthy foods and smaller portions, but I don't believe we gave much of anything up. We gave up a half hour or so a day to make sure we got on the exercise bike or treadmill, or got out walking but didn't feel like we missed out on anything in doing that. I gave up wearing size XXL and am down to a size large. I gave up making excuses for the the fact that my weight varied between 230 - 260 pounds, topped out at about 275, and the excuse that I was tall, 6' 6" and the weight was not a problem.

When we started, I was hoping to lose 30 pounds and get down to 230, which was about where I had been when we got married. I am now below 215 and at a weight I have not been at in our married lives, 25 years. My goal now is to stay within a 5 pound range between 210 and 215.

What I gave up was a lot of excuses and a marginally healthy life. I gave up was a lack of accountability and 15-20 minutes a day to track what I ate and my exercise. I am looking forward to continuing to get healthier, and reach some goals I have related to my physical health and fitness.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MCJULIEO 4/20/2012 10:22PM

    Excellent blog!

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JUSFOLK 4/19/2012 10:15AM

    Love this...congrats! I'm going to share these ideas with a First Place 4 Health group I'm hoping to begin soon!

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GARDENCHRIS 4/19/2012 7:01AM

    good for you!

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FLAMENM 3/25/2012 10:44PM

    Bye-bye excuses. Hello beautiful and active you!

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TXGRANDMA 3/25/2012 10:07PM

    Great blog! emoticon to you on your weight loss and the attainment of a healthy BMI! emoticon

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