I never thought that adding a small JPG image of "20 Pounds Lost with SparkPeople" would get me so motivated. But it really did the trick! You SparkPeople creators really have it figured out...and I thank you!!!!
Since the end of July, I have lost 20 pounds. Well, near 20 pounds. Fact is when I re-started my effort at the end of July I was only .6 pounds from my heaviest weight when I started in 2009. So I'm just looking at the grand total. So officially from end July I've lost 19.4.
The best part? I have done nothing out of the ordinary to lose this weight.
Exercise - I've been walking, where I can feel my strength and endurance increasing each time. I'm able to walk longer distances and on days where I'm on my feet much of the day, I'm not hurting and achy at the end of the day.
Diet - and "diet" is defined by what is eaten, not by what isn't eaten. I still eat what I want to eat. I haven't gone crazy thinking I need to eat kale for dessert. No offense to those of you who do - I'm just not made that way (am I being shaped that way? No idea). I've logged my intake more often than not, and it helps me stay on track, helps me get my water intake, helps me focus on fruits and veggies and proteins. My focus has been on the more whole the food the better, and as few to no processed foods as possible, which includes frozen (even if "light") meals. I'm cooking a lot more, and sure hope my slow-cooker hangs in there.
What has changed - Even though I have so much to lose that 20 lbs is a drop in the bucket to the point that no one but my husband has noticed the loss (I guess I have enough vanity now that I want people to notice), I can feel the loss especially in my waist. My t-shirts are no longer rolling up over my roll of belly fat. Granted I still have a pretty good sized roll around my waist, but it's shrinking. And my clothes are fitting better.
So thank you for your support. I'm still fighting cravings (I have to bake cookies tonight that will be sold at a cross country meet tomorrow), so today is no different than any other day in the respect that I still love my chocolate chip cookies. You know, to the point I could eat a full two dozen, if not more, over the weekend and not think anything of it.
But what is different is that I'm taking it day by day. I have a long term goal, but I am aware that it is JUST TODAY that I have to focus on. I get up, I think about what I'm going to do for myself to be healthy, and I do my best to make it happen.
Coming "Soon" - Strength training using only my body weight. Lunges, push-ups (UGH!), squats, etc. I may opt for Yoga or Pilates, too. But my mind just isn't "there" yet, so I will ease into this with very little routine, just doing what I can, until I feel comfortable and make it something I can't live without.
Award Coming - "25 Pounds Lost with SparkPeople." Aiming for this to happen at the end of October, beginning of November.