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I am in Onederland ~ or Neverland ~ I never was good at directions ~


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Wednesday, January 16, 2013



No, not "that" Wonderland. My Onederland is even better. emoticon

For the first time in at least 15 years, I am under 200 lbs. I am in the "Ones" ~ and boy, it feels like Wonderland. I wanted to wait to post this news until I was far enough under 200 to 'be sure' I was going to stay there. Today, I am. And ~ I am NEVER going back. So, does that mean I'm in Neverland, too? emoticon



Why not? If you're gonna go, go big. EXCEPT when it comes to weight. ;)

I have learned so much ~ from SP ~ and mostly, from YOU, my Spark friends. I, honestly, do not believe I'd have lasted more than a month, at the most, without the support of my friends. I really owe you so much. Well, enough of that. It sounds like I'm about to "Thank the Academy . . . " emoticon However, it's the truth! :)

Recently, I've learned a LOT about the scale. And balance. Everything I learn is important and contributes to my weight loss. Plus, I'm learning it for life ~ remember, I am NEVER going back 'there' again!

I wanted to be 'under 200' for my 6oth birthday which comes at the end of this month. I feel such a sense of accomplishment. I just want to go on and on . . . I haven't decided how much I want to lose in total. At my age, I will wait and see how I feel as time progresses. I think somewhere between 40 - 50 lbs. Even though that is a lot more than I've lost so far, it seems like the easiest part of it all. Why? Because the motivation was wrapped up in those first pounds, in getting below 200 lbs.

I have basically just been counting calories and exercising. Now that I am in my Ones, I promised myself to start being more conscientious of 'what' I eat. To learn how to eat healthier and to incorporate many more healthy things into my diet. So its onward and upward ~ ummm 'down'ward ~ for me. :)

If I have one thing, that is 'my' secret that I can share, its that I do my best to stay "in the NOW". As long as I am PRESENT and taking this one step, one moment at a time, doing what needs to be done right NOW and not focusing on the past or future, things are 'easy'. It's when I step out of the NOW that I find myself in trouble. Plus, in the NOW, I have to accept what IS ~ because there is no choice. What IS, is. :)

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DOTTY7267 2/8/2013 9:11AM

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Happy Birthday and Congrats on your new accomplishment.

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MEDUSA1977 1/27/2013 10:20PM

    That's so awesome!! Can't wait to be in Onederland with you!! Great job and Congrats!


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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/22/2013 11:38AM

    emoticon emoticon That's fantastic! ONEderland is a great place, as I can only assume Wonderland is. Love the blog!!!

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ACTIONHEROFOX 1/20/2013 12:44PM

    Proud and jealous!!! emoticon emoticon

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SMARTIN77 1/19/2013 12:03AM

    emoticon So proud of your accomplishment! emoticon

I think you're so right to stay in the PRESENT. If there is one thing I've learned from SP, it's to be MINDFUL of what I'm doing...whether it is preparing food or eating it. Or exercising or spending time with loved ones. Too much time and energy is wasted dwelling on the past or daydreaming about the future. Great blog!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 1/18/2013 9:20PM

    Congratulations!
I really enjoyed reading your blog.

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*MAMA*2*BOYS* 1/18/2013 7:41PM

    Congratulations!! As someone who is counting down the pounds until I join you in Onederland (9.0 to go, as of this morning!), I can imagine your excitement! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANAMP09 1/18/2013 7:33PM

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MARYJEANSL 1/18/2013 6:55PM

  Congratulations!! That is a huge accomplishment!

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KRISCOREEVES 1/18/2013 6:36PM

    Congratulations!! emoticon

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CAROL_HOORAH 1/18/2013 2:24PM

    you are amazing!!!! i cant wait to get back into onederland!!!!!!!

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DGREEN3113 1/18/2013 1:14PM

  Love, love, love the idea of onederland by 60.
30, 40 and 50 were just numbers, but 60 has already haunted my dreams and it is still a year and a half away. Onderland by 60 will be something to look forward to and a goal to reach instead of some Troll bridge to cross at my peril!
I thank you all for the change of perspective!
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HHB4181 1/18/2013 12:08PM

    emoticon Great job, keep it up!

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4KWALK 1/18/2013 10:10AM

    How happy I am for you. I can imagine your pleasure and sense of accomplishment.
I too am heading for the number 60 in years but I will not make it to Onederland before that happens. I am happy to be going down but even happier with the fact that I can move, walk, hike, and live actively and joyfully.
I did make it down to under 300 a while back and I dream of getting to under 200 but today I am happy to be where I am with the ability to be down even further in the future.

Thank you for your blog. It is definitely inspiring to me. emoticon

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MYTHMYTH 1/18/2013 9:54AM

    CONGRATULATIONS !!!! Truly a wonderful achievement!! I am 63 and am looking forward to getting there soon. Your post is an inspiration!

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SCCUDDLERS 1/18/2013 8:38AM

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ROSE284 1/18/2013 6:05AM

    Congrats! That's great news!

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ANDYLIN90 1/18/2013 3:46AM

    Good for you!! and a big CONGRATULATIONS!

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CM_GARDNER78 1/17/2013 11:52PM

    Awesome

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MANILUS 1/17/2013 11:24PM

    Congrats, keep it up!!

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FATHINSN 1/17/2013 11:22PM

    What we can do for PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE: Learned from PAST, Act now PRESENT and Aim for success in FUTURE!

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JOYFULJUDYLYNN 1/17/2013 8:51PM

    CONGRATS!!!!! emoticon So exciting! I can NOT WAIT to find ONEderland! Haven't been there in nearly 20+ years!

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WILDFLOWERMA 1/17/2013 8:44PM

    Congratulations!!!

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JUSTCHELLE75 1/17/2013 5:23PM

    Congrats and hold on to that feeling. You can do anything

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MIRANDA1115 1/17/2013 4:07PM

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CEEMAY 1/17/2013 12:41PM

    I am also headed to Onderland and hopefully joining you in Neverland~ Going to be 60 this month as well and honestly don't remember how many years since I was under 200. You are an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing and

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LISBETHSALANDER 1/17/2013 11:55AM

    I entered Onederland and my 60th year in 2012 so I can relate! It's a wonderful feeling and I love your idea of Neverland! I can say with confidence I'm never going back. I have no idea of a goal weight, but I keep setting goals in 3 - 5 pound increments, and I have managed to rack up 37.5 pounds. My next goal? 40 lbs (2.5 more pounds). Your illustrations are wonderful, too. This blog is a lovely expression of joy and it is pleasure to read it.

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MIJAMAGS 1/17/2013 11:18AM

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BANDMOM2012 1/17/2013 10:24AM

    Too cute :)

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FARIS71 1/17/2013 9:04AM

    Congrats!!! Yes, being in the moment is so important. Good luck on your quest for balance and nutrtion.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 1/17/2013 8:15AM

    Congratulations! I too had the goal of getting to ONE-derland by my 60th birthday! I hit it almost two months early on Nov. 3, 2010, since my 60th birthday wasn't until 1/1/11. It was indeed a HUGE thrill and I too felt like it was WONDERland! And I still feel that way. I hit my ultimate goal of 160 lbs. on April 15, 2011, and this morning, 21 months AFTER hitting goal, I weighed 149.6. MAINTAINING is a WONDERFUL place too!!!

I think those 100's represent normalcy so much to us, and that's why it feels so good. All I ever wanted to be was normal, and believe normal is highly under-rated. It is indeed WONDERFUL!!!

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MYRTLE811 1/17/2013 7:07AM

  Congratulations and I'm so happy for you. Celebrate and plan for your next set of goals; you will do this too. Have a wonderful day.

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WILSON1926 1/17/2013 6:17AM

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JMARIES51 1/16/2013 9:04PM

    Staying in the now is very important. It helps with the depression and also the expectations. So it is good to always remember it during the day. I have this little thing I say to myself... stop your future tripping. I don't have too much of a problem of living in the past other then that is where those expectations come from, I imagine.

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blog response. If you are interested in seeing what I did on my 60th, go back to my blogs from Jan 2011. I had a dreamy 60th birthday. My middle daughter and I planned it almost a year in advance. --

I read about someone who celebrated their birthday by giving back to others the same amount of good deeds as how old she was. It was small things like pay for someone's cup of coffee, taking back someone's shopping cart, sending a letter to someone you haven't been in touch with for a long time. Things like that. I was thinking that I think I will do something like that next year. It will take a while just to think of that many things to do. LOL.

emoticon emoticon on reaching into the onederland. And I think it will be never land again to go back to the old ways. Good for you.

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LAC936 1/16/2013 3:03PM

    Cute blog and emoticon emoticon

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