I'm not big on bean-counting, but I noticed the other day that in another 3.5 pounds I will be a quarter of my way into my SparkJourney. All being well, at my six-month SparkVersary, I will have lost 31.5 pounds.
Doesn't time fly?
I joined SP five and a half months ago and that seems a lifetime away. What did I do before SP? Eat, I suppose! So far, I've lost 28 pounds. It doesn't sound much if you say it quickly, but it's about a pound a week, which is ok. One thing I've learnt is that if you win small battles (for example I stayed within calories today and walked for 40 minutes) you will eventually win the war on flab.
And war it is. I've always said that if it was easy for someone to lose weight, they wouldn't have put it on in the first place. So it's a double whammy.
At the moment, I don't want to look too far into the future. However I did set myself June 2014, two years after signing up to SP, as my date for reaching my target weight. Next year I plan to lose 70 to 80 pounds, so I need to step up my weight loss a tiny bit. That said, if I kept losing weight at the same rate I have over the last six months, and only lost 50 pounds, it wouldn't be the end of the world. However, I'm concentrating on today and tomorrow, and while I'm not losing sight of my ultimate goal, winning those daily battles is what will ultimately get me to that misty and distant goal.
I've already made my plans for Christmas. Two days of eating what I want, out of a 19-day holiday from work. The rest of the time I am staying on track and exercising very very hard indeed, outdoors as much as I can manage it. Time was when I would have been looking forward to three weeks in front of the telly. Now I'm planning walks, walks and more walks.
I'm so excited: I'm going to Cornwall for a few days at the weekend so we all get a break from Epping Forest and a chance to look at the (IMO) most beautiful places in England.
Here's hoping for good weather!