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New Attitude and New Goals for a New Year

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I started my health and fitness journey at 270 pounds on June 17, 2009.

I reached my lowest weight of 176 pounds on May 9, 2011.

Since then I have stayed between 180 and 189 pounds. I have felt down on myself for not losing more, because I would really like to weigh 170 pounds as a goal. I realize that being down on myself doesn't help anything, so I pulled up my weight report and took a fresh look at it. What I see is weight loss of 90 pounds from 6/17/09 to April of 2011 and weight maintenance within 10 pounds from May of 2011 until Jan of 2012. What I feel now after reframing my journey in this way is success rather than failure. I am in maintenance, not at my desired weight, but most definitely maintenance at a healthier weight. My new Goal is to maintain my weight loss during 2013 and maybe lose 10 or 15 pounds to reach my ultimate goal of 170. That is most definitely do-able!

I am revising my tactics a little also. I have tracked my calories faithfully since I started this journey and have learned a lot about the nutrients and caloric values of the foods I eat. I recently read the book on Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch and have adopted a few of the strategies suggested by the authors. I am journaling the food I eat and my hunger level before and after my meals in the Nutrition Notes section rather than tracking my calories and nutrients. I am focusing on being aware of my hunger cues and not eating mindlessly when I'm not hungry. I am taking time to eat my meals in a slow mindful manner, savoring how the food looks, smells, and tastes. I am stopping to see if I am still hungry and have actually left food on my plate when I recognized I was full. (My family and friends have their collective jaws open in amazement!)

I feel more relaxed and less stressed with this approach.

My fitness improvements have been monumental. I have gone from a couch potato to a runner, swimmer, biker and all round active person. I don't need to change my focus there because I am loving my new activities. I now have a GPS watch for my running, prescription goggles for my swimming and a fitbit to record my activity and sleep much more unobtrusively than the Heart Rate Monitor and huge pedometer I have been using.

I am good to go!
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    I really like the way you stopped and took a look at things in a different light! You really have achieved so much. For those of us that battle being overweight for any length of time, we know that keeping off what we have lost is as big a battle, sometimes bigger, than losing it in the first place. I know in the past I've lost and regained so many many times. I've kept most of it off now for a while but have gone up and down a little bit and am not at goal either. So the fact that you have been able to keep and maintain your new weight for that long is a HUGE success!!!
    1840 days ago
  • RURAL3
    You rock Nancy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1841 days ago
    You deserve to be very proud of your achievement. Your new attitude will serve you well as you continue this healthy lifestyle.
    1841 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/5/2013 7:51:21 PM
    Wow your story is fantastic! What is most critical is that you feel good and you stay active!

    Good luck and thanks for shar emoticon ing!
    1841 days ago
  • KRISKAY1962
    1842 days ago
    It is strange that we can feel we are such failures and when we look back at what we have done in the past we see success and not failure. good job and stay the course you are on emoticon
    1842 days ago
    Great achievement! and very good goals. emoticon
    1842 days ago
    Good for you for reframing this! So often we focus on what didn't happen and fail to recognize what DID - you're a much healthier, active person than you were when you started! Sounds like you have a good plan for 2013. Look forward to celebrating the accomplishment of your goals with you!
    1842 days ago
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