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8 month SparkVersary and 10 pounds lost :)

Saturday, November 03, 2012

I finally hit one of my weight loss goals today: 10 pounds lost! I feel so proud of myself. It has taken me a long time to lose it (8 months to the day since I have joined SP), but that's fine with me. Over the past 8 months, I have been learning about myself and my attitudes toward food, exercise, weight loss, my health, and my appearance. This morning, when I logged my current weight, my first thought was, "I can't believe it took this long to drop 10 pounds. Other people have lost 10 pounds in a quarter of the time! I must really be a slacker." But then I decided that I was not talking nicely to myself and that I would never make a comment like that to someone else. If anyone else told me that they had lost 10 pounds over the last 8 months, I would never belittle their progress. I need to do the same for myself. I also feel proud that I have lost another half inch off my waist in the last month. Awesome!

As I was making breakfast (yummy scramble made with spinach, leftover potato, one egg and one egg white), I thought about why my progress has been slower than I initially thought it would be. I fell off the wagon this summer with eating and drinking too much beer and not exercising enough, so that is one big reason. Another reason is that I am focusing more on making small changes than big, sweeping ones. Take this morning's breakfast, for example. A year ago, that breakfast would have been 2 whole eggs scrambled with lots of cheese and no veggies. And yesterday, when I went with a group of friends to Pizza Hut for a farewell lunch for my co-teacher (sob!), we all ate off the lunch buffet. I started with salad and took my time eating it. I ordered water to drink. Then I walked around the buffet, looking at all the pizza choices. I chose the pizza that had the most veggies and the thinnest crust and I enjoyed every bite. Those are small changes that I can live with. I'm not willing to give up pizza forever, but I am willing to make an effort to eat healthier pizza. Will I choose healthier pizza every single time for the rest of my life? I seriously doubt it. Will I make an effort to choose healthier pizza 80% of the time? Yes, I can do that, even if it means it takes me another 8 months to lose another 10 pounds. I'm okay with that.

I also realized that my slower weight loss is reflective of my personality. I am not a type-A, goal driven, charge ahead kind of person. I am a meanderer, I am easily distracted, I wander around, enjoying the view, and eventually getting where I need to go. I rarely feel the need to hurry, and I am not very competitive. I know I am headed in the right direction with weight loss, so I am not going to get down on myself for taking my time with it, the same way I take my time with other things in my life.

I also changed my goal weight today. When I joined SP, I had a hard time picking a goal weight. I remember weighing about 185 or so in the past, which made me about a size 12-14, which felt like a comfortable weight to me. I have a big frame, so picturing myself smaller than a size 12 seems weirdly skinny to me. I like being curvy. Anyway, when I joined SP and was setting my goal weight, I saw the BMI tool that said that a 5'7" woman at 185 was still considered overweight. Not wanting to "settle" for overweight, I set my goal weight as 155. Now that I know more about my body, weight loss, and BMI, I realize that I can be healthy even if I am heavier than 155 and that the BMI numbers are not set in stone. It's okay to set a goal weight in the "overweight" catergory. 155 is only about 5 pounds more than I weighed in high school, more than 20 years ago. When I think of it that way, 155 seems a bit unrealistic. My goal is to be healthy, not look like I did when I was 18. So I changed my goal weight to 170, which seems more attainable and is definitely more healthy than 253, which was my starting weight. And a goal weight is just that: a goal. It's not the finish line, the be-all, end-all of good health. It's a goal to work toward.

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    1864 days ago
    YES! Love the way you realized you were being negative to yourself, and stopped! Congrats, that is huge!!

    Like you, I am a slow loser. I'm making smaller, sustainable choices because once the weight is gone, I don't want to gain it back. You're not alone!
    1866 days ago
    Nice blog! Congrats on your loss! Reading this, I realized that I am the same way; taking my time and knowing that I'll get there eventually. It's nice to know that others are out there that are the same way. Happy Holidays!
    1867 days ago
    You have some great ideas. Thanks.
    Ten pounds is great! Just as long as we are heading in the right direction I don't think the speed matters. It is not a race. Same thing with the goal weight. We can set it where ever we want. If we change our mind, we can always reset it. I think that a realistic goal that is obtainable is better than an unrealistic goal that just sets you up for failure.
    I had to reset my ticker when I gained weight. I hated to keep seeing no progress because my weight was 5 pounds higher than when I started. I am finally seeing some progress. At the rate I am losing (about a pound or pound and a half a month) I will reach my goal weight a year from this Christmas. That is slow! But I am being successful and that makes me feel good!
    1867 days ago
    Going at your own pace is great! We are all in this for ourselves, and their is no competition!
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    1867 days ago
    emoticon on attaining your goal!

    I am inspired by your blog. You have a positive attitude and that is something we need in order for us to reach our goals. Keep up the great work and best of luck on the rest of your journey.

    BTW I added you as a friend. emoticon
    1867 days ago
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    1867 days ago
    You are a success! You understand what a true lifestyle change is, and that it isn't just about numbers! There are many aspects, and you know exactly what is right for you!

    What an inspiration you are to us all! Keep up the great job you are doing, and congrats on all of your successes so far!

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    1867 days ago
    I love your atiitude and your views on weight loss they are spot on . Not everyone can or should be a toothpic I would rather have muscle and look healthier. your goals are spot on. i am having a very bad year. I have gained weight, first it was the pills for my irregular heartbeats, then it was the immunity pills for losssing my eye site. Then I hurt my ribs so there was weeks of no exercise and weight gain, so there are lots of reasons why it would take someone 10 months to lose 10 pounds. But I beat you are like me we have healthier cells and a healthier outlook than before we got here. we will get there that I am sure but we will enjoy the ride and appreciate it more. you should write more blogs you are good.
    1867 days ago
    Snoopy happy dance!!!
    1867 days ago
    Woo Hoo! Congratulations!
    1867 days ago
    Sweetie, it's taken me the exact same amount of time to lose 10 pounds myself. I've been active in the community here for 8 months too (although I've been at Spark officially for a year longer) I'm just like you, not competitive and someone who has to test everything to see if I can do it an easier way, or sometimes just to see if something is REALLY working. I know after all this time that I HAVE to track every day, I have to get in at least 3 hours of cardio a week or I will NOT lose weight
    My motivation tends to come in bursts (that's when I see the pounds go down) and then I might go through a time of ennui where nothing happens.

    You're doing great!! We may not be the fastest losers here, but there's something to be said for patience and determination as well as the ability to charge forth.

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    1867 days ago
    This is absolutely awesome! I'm so proud of you. You are doing wonderful. Just keep making little changes. You are going to be spectacular!
    1867 days ago
  • BISCO_
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    My personality is much the same - I'm just glad to be below 270s which is where I've been for years!! Been off and on spark x3 yrs.... but hey... I broke a "decade" I've been in for a long time...
    1867 days ago
    Your blog needs to be seen by everybody that joins Spark and even those that embark on a "weight loss" journey. The attitude you have is perfect, we all need to take it at our own rate and make the changes we can as we become comfortable with them. What is important about your journey is not the number on the scale, but the impact you've had on your future, you've made changes that you will carry with you the rest of your life; that scale will catch up to those healthy changes.

    I can't help but think of the example you are setting for those around you, especially the precious children you teach, it's a subtle lesson they won't even realize they are getting, but one that can have a huge impact. I am so proud of your progress and your incredible insight about what this journey is truly about, what an inspiration you are!!
    1867 days ago
    emoticon Congrats!!
    1868 days ago
  • EWL978
    You've done the greatest thing you can do in the world!! You've discovered yourself!!

    AND, I recognize that self...sounds strangely familiar to me emoticon
    Been there, done that!! AND, I, too, was a little unhappy with my 8 month weight loss. Funny, I thought it was just me...that somehow I was not "normal"!!

    Now, I recognize the fact that people are people and we all have are "uniqueness". I also recognize that I DID NOT add all this weight in one day, so how could I possibly lose it all so quickly, other than to remove a few limbs??

    So, keep on keeping on....I've added you to my list of friends and hope you enjoy the goodie I've sent you.
    1868 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
    emoticon Great going, Earl
    1868 days ago
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