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40 a year for 4 years

Thursday, January 10, 2013

So, this is how it starts. Year after year of watching what I eat, tracking my weight, trying to exercise more and I'm heavier than ever. Every big milestone that came in my life (usually, birthday's but also New Years), I'd make a goal to lose some weight by the next milestone. That would get me motivated for a bit, but before long I'd be back to my old habits.

Right around my birthday (12/27/12) I had to get my driver's license renewed. We women never like our license pictures but I was actually quite happy with the one I'd had the last 4 years... then came the new one. I was shocked -- close up, huge round face, and I just looked unhappy and unhealthy. For the next couple of weeks the image of that picture rattled around in my head, and every time I opened my wallet and saw it I would just get more depressed.

Then, one day on Facebook I saw a little advert to the side about a woman on a quest to lose 40 lbs by the time she was 50. I thought, I can do that - 50 is four years away. But I determined to lose 40 lbs a year until I am 50. That's 160 lbs total, and if I achieve it I will be 140 lbs at the end. Being 300 (ok, 303.6 at my start weigh in) is depressing and almost an all time high. I'm just barely over 5 feet.

So, off I go. I've gone to the gym twice this week and walked over 30 minutes both times. I'm tracking my food here on Sparkpeople to keep me honest about what I eat and make me accountable. And I'm writing a blog, I hope once a week, to remind myself of why I'm doing this.

I'm losing weight because I want to live long, and healthily

I'm exercising more because I want to have stamina, to be able to keep up with friends in the mall, or at a park, and not be the one who's bringing up the rear.

I want to be able to comfortably travel on an airplane without being the person everyone doesn't want to sit next to, or need a seat belt extender.

I want to go to concerts, theaters, plays and not worry that I won't fit into the seats.

I don't want to be the person who offers to take the picture, instead of being IN the picture.

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UNSWEETMAMA 1/10/2013 5:28PM

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DAWN14163 1/10/2013 5:20PM

    You've made a good start. Good luck!

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ALIHIKES 1/10/2013 1:04PM

    Sounds like you have some real goals. Best wishes on keeping those consistent changes! emoticon

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