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Something to look forward to....

Monday, May 28, 2012

I have been trying to figure out why for the thirteenth time why I'm stalled. I came up with one answer - what is there to look forward to? With all of this success of getting healthier, what have I gained to look forward to? I realized today that I succeed when there is a big goal to look forward to.

For example, I stared this journey at 160lbs. The first major goal was to get to 150. When I made it, it inspired me to continue! Another example was when I wanted to be able to workout for 30 minutes at a time. I achieved that and then increased the days.

Well, I stayed at 150lbs for a long time but then I broke that plateau when I started doing a jog/walk workout. I managed to get into the low 140's and have been hanging around there.

Ever since I started running though I have encountered many set backs when it comes to my workouts. I have had horrible back pain and knee pain. The knee pain was bad enough to have surgery and yet the pain isn't gone. I have been going to physical therapy for 12 weeks and while I'm progressing with strengthening my knee, I am not getting there very quickly. My back is not getting any better. I still have to be careful with certain workouts. It is very frustrating. My frustration holds me back and keeps me from moving forward.

I am happy about the progress that I've been making with my upper body and I plan to continue that but other than this challenge, I feel like I have nothing BIG to look forward to. Maybe I should start thinking about this in small progression again. I am sitting around 138/140. Maybe I should start focusing on the number 130 and get there. I know that the only person who can make this happen is me and sometimes that is half the problem. I am my own worst enemy. In addition, I do have a binge monster that likes to pop up every once in a while. I do believe that if you eat more sweets or bad fats that it makes you want to eat more sweets and bad fats. I wish I could just stop eating sweets and bad fats all the time. I realize that isn't always realistic but I truly believe that if I could get rid of these foods than I would have something to look forward to.

Sorry for the rant. I just needed to get this off my chest this evening.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    I am just catching up with your blogs- as you see on my ticker it looks like I'm almost at my "goal" but that's not my real goal. I still have another 10 after that. I liked setting a smaller increment too because it's a mental thing with me. I get depressed if I think I have 15-20 lbs to lose so instead take it in small steps. My week by week basis is one pound and when I don't get there I don't beat myself up (the last two weeks I've plateaued) but it's still not fun. One thing I have done before is to keep a tally of my fruits/veggies for the day and week and see if I can meet that goal. Maybe then you will focus on that and naturally your focus will go off of sweets and high fat foods? Just a thought.

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WHITNEYLD 5/29/2012 8:02AM

    Sounds like you are doing the thing that keeps weight off for the long term!

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NICKI109 5/29/2012 7:30AM

    Sometimes smaller incriments help as well especially being that you are getting closer and closer to "goal" it gets harder to lose. Maybe 135 and then put the goal to 130 after you get there.

I am in the same boat :-( I think maybe I need a smaller goal too.

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SEATTLE58ANEW 5/28/2012 9:59PM

    Rants are a good thing because it really does help to get it out. I don't have alot of words of wisdom but I do know that it takes just little baby steps every day and with being consistent, the pounds will come off. I know it's not easy with a sore knee and back. I really have it tough some days because of my RA. My wrists and hands especially scream every day and more on other days. More freggies and more whole grains are really a good key. I'm full for longer periods of time. Sometimes I have to remind myself to eat! Are you drinking your water? I think our bodies like to adjust to a certain weight that we've come down to, so that's why we just sit there and sit there it seems. We just ahve to keep doing what we're doing and our bodies will get the idea that we want to go down further!! Keep your chin up and believe that you can do it and you will! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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