So I was looking for a particular picture of some cookie decorating party I helped put together a few years ago, and as I was going back and back through all my photos I saw a lot from a time period where I was looking definitely and clearly slimmer and trimmer.
I really liked how those photos looked, and I remember how I felt at that time. I might have gained SOME muscle since then, but mostly I've gained some fat.
I held that lower weight for about a year, then got offtrack when my grandmother died and then I went straight into marathon training right after that, which made it difficult to try to lose the weight. I toyed around with trying to lose the weight a few times since then, but always ended up getting focused on something else. (More running, regattas, moving, etc.) And I lost sight of my goal and my commitment pretty quickly.
Well - I'm ready. I just finished a strong marathon and with that goal out of sight for a while now, I'm facing my first full Vermont winter (and due to a very mild winter last year, maybe my first REAL Vermont winter), and I'm not travelling soon so no desination races in warm climates. There isn't any big running goal to focus on in the near future.
I've felt the need to refocus my weight more to the middle than the top of my BMI range for some time now, and now I really feel I'm ready to do it.
I used the photos from that time frame to make an inspiration collage for myself so that I am looking to re-capture a (recent, reasonable) version of myself, rather than striving for someone ELSE's ideal. I don't think this is the right method for everyone, some people's last photos of themselves at a lower weight were achieved unhealthily, or far too long ago, or whatever, for them to be a good motivator. But for me - this was not too long ago, it was a time when I was sticking to the Spark program very closely, and living a very healthy and active lifestyle.
My goal is to track all but one meal a week, strength train full body at least twice a week, and I've got an additional challenge going to not eat any sweets except for one square of dark chocolate per day at least until Thanksgiving.
I think that last one is helping me keep the rest of my food in check! The strength training is very important to me because that has been lacking for some time and I think twice a week full body is a good, BASIC, goal.
So far I've tracked for 3 days. On one of these days I didn't track dinner - but it wasn't bad. It was a "shepherd's pie" brought home by my husband. The portion size was fairly small/reasonable, and it was simple food I could tell it wasn't very unhealthy. I wasn't sure how to track it, but I believe I would have been within my goals that day. I went about 100 over on Sunday, and 8 over on Monday. So far I think that's really good!
I CAN DO THIS!!!! I will post here more often for accountability. And here is the inspiration collage I made, I hope you can see it....
There are some photos from when I was in San Diego, a couple from my fastest (maybe short, but maybe because I was my lightest? I didn't have a Garmin then) 5K ever, and from the Turkey trot later that same year, when I was heavier, but it's such a nice picture and I ran only 1:30 off of my faux PR, after having turned my ankle at the halfway point and walking a bit. It's a happy picture. In any case, the pictures are all around the same time frame, and lowest weight.