In for a penny, in for a (hundred twenty-three more) pound(s)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I started 2012 really, really out of shape, weighing 283.5 lbs, and with a burning desire to get back to a "normal" weight. For 2 1/2 months, I was religious about exercising, counting calories and tracking everything on SparkPeople. I was living the program, and seeing amazing progress on the scale. Then, mid-March, I not only fell off the wagon, but I let that wagon run over me again and again. For 6 1/2 months, I ate whatever my little heart desired, didn't track a darn thing, and I think I may have made it to the gym a grand total of 3 or 4 times in that time period.

Fast forward to this week: Back up to 273 lbs, disgusted with myself, and really, truly ready to do this. I will be 39 in early December. While that's not enough time to return to a fit me, that means I have 14 months until I am 40. And I do NOT want to enter my 40s weighing this much. Not even close. I want to be a strong, healthy, beautiful 40 year old.

So, I went to the YMCA on Tuesday this week, again yesterday, and again today, and was able to exercise for an hour each day without it killing me (slow walking and biking.) I looked at the calendar and figured out that from 9/25/12 (Tuesday) to 1/1/2013, there are exactly 100 days. So, I'm doing my own 100 day workout challenge. For 100 days, I will exercise for a minimum of 10 minutes every day, and will track it (I created a spreadsheet, printed it out, and put it on my refrigerator.)

And, surprise surprise, when I am working out I WANT to eat healthier. I've been between 1200 - 1550 calories for the last 3 days, and I'm NOT starving. I really feel like I can do this again. I don't know what restarted that spark in me, but I'm just thankful I've found it again, and thankful that I didn't let myself gain back ALL of the weight I lost earlier this year. I am BACK with a vengeance!
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