Ah, just as I’ve set my goals from short-term all the way to long-term and even ultimate goals, I wonder, where’s my fast forward button?
The nice thing about SparkPeople is that it has kept me focused long after I normally would have given up and I’m seeing the rewards. But, and there is a but, human nature does kick in.
I love raiding my closet for smaller clothes and such, and I’m having loads of fun doing it, but I wonder how long will it take to reach my ultimate goals?
Patience isn’t my strong suit I guess. That’s one thing that SparkPeople has been teaching me, the art of patience and the fruitfulness of consistent action towards one’s goals.
I guess that’s why short-term goals are so very important. It will give me something to focus on in the immediate.
TAKING STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
So far, one of my goals was to walk at least 2,500 steps a day.
It turns out it’s not that difficult.
Yesterday I managed to meet my goal for the first time since I’ve been wearing my pedometer and today I’m closing in on it and refuse to go to sleep tonight until I’ve met my goal.
I think that some days it depends on how busy I am and what kind of thing I am busy at as to whether or not it will be easy to meet my goal.
As a part of stage 1, I plan on taking at least 2,500 steps every day for a month before I review my performance and consider upping the level some and just how I’ll get that done.
COOKING AND PACKING LUNCHES IN ADVANCE
Frankly, I’ve got some work to do to get this done on a consistent basis. I tend to do this so last minute that sometimes I find myself copping out and running to the nearest Subway.
Yes, I admit it, the Subway sub I photographed the other day was caused by my inability to be prepared.
I know exactly what I can order to fit the needs of my nutrition tracker, but I realize I could do a favor for myself by not only learning to cook better, but by being prepared in advance.
That way I will find it less tempting to fall into old habits. That’s where my old habits started in the first place. I was always on the run grabbing something from the drive-thru, just because that’s all I felt I had time for.
That’s obviously not going to work for me anymore and I know it. Change is hard though sometimes, not because it’s hard for me to give up drive-thru foods, but because the convenience is hard to beat.
Obviously I love that Subway offers an alternative to me during a time of transition, which is frankly a total change in habits. But I’d rather think of a Subway sub more as a treat than a crutch. So I am going to work on that.
I think as I get more comfortable on my feet, cooking batches of food will seem like less of a chore.
GETTING WEIGHT DOWN TO 332 POUNDS
Me at probably about that weight.
I remember when I first hit 332 pounds, and the funny thing is, I was doing then what I am trying to do now and that’s simply trying to lose weight.
I would track my food on a spreadsheet then and I walked about a mile every day. I’d also track my weight on that same spreadsheet. It was a pretty cumbersome spreadsheet.
It worked though, I lost 32 pounds and well, unfortunately at that point I gained it all back because I didn’t keep on doing what I was doing after I moved. At least now I know that I’m not going to stop, and lest I think that might be tempting, I’ll remember the 382 pounds I had gotten up to and think twice.
The nice thing about this goal of getting down to 332 pounds is that it’s not so far off. I think that I can reach it by the end of March at least if not sooner, maybe even by a whole month, but I don’t want to expect too much and be disappointed, so I’ve set my time frame a little on the liberal side.
Anyway, it’ll be great starting the warm season so much lighter. I think I’ll be able to fit some outings into my days and enjoy them too. I’m already making plans. If I do it right, I can keep my calendar pretty busy and that in itself might help spur even more weight loss!
DECREASE BLOOD GLUCOSE AND A1C BY NEXT DOCTOR’S VISIT
Well, my last blood work was fasting, and now the doctor wants non-fasting blood work, so I don’t know if it will make a drop in these numbers apparent or not. However, I’m hoping that my progress here on SparkPeople will show no matter what.
I’m sure that the doctor will be pleased with the drop in the number on the scale, and that’s a start for sure.
I’ve been eating well and eating cinnamon pretty regularly to help control my blood sugar. I’ve also started taking Chromium GTF.
So I’m hoping it’s all a “one-two punch” and I’m done with this whole early-stage diabetes crapola that I could seriously do without.
In any case, no matter how it goes, my appointment is fast approaching. It’s just a little less than two weeks away. I’ll have to get the blood work done just a few days before then, so I’m watching the calendar and hoping I can make some headway before that day arrives.
I want my doctor to be shocked by all the good work I’ve been doing. Sometimes I think he’s ready to throw in the towel on me because I’ve been wanting to lose weight for so long and he knows it. Hence the strong suggestions that I get weight-loss surgery. I’m not doing it though. If I can turn this around without it, then that’s the way to go.
For those who’ve had it done, I know it’s a hard decision to make and a hard road to travel once it’s been made. I’ve done my research. I’ve spent some significant time reading up on it and recently went to a pre-surgery required seminar just to make my doctor happy. It’s just not a road for me. I know that if I can’t change my habits now, surgery wouldn’t do a bit of good for me anyway. So I might as well just change my habits and do with out the snip-snip to my tummy.
However, when it’s all said and done, I might just let my doctor carry away my extra skin in a wheelbarrow. (Okay, I sure that’s not how it’s done.) Anyway, the point is that he can snip-snip that away and I won’t mind. I don’t think I’ll feel too attached to having a set of bat-wings popping out of my sleeves and having other such floppy matter to worry about, because I’ll probably have a lot of it.
Anyway, to that I say a premature “bye-bye bat wings!”