I've finally hit my goal. What a year.
What a last 6 weeks...after an operation, I was forced to be sedentary for nearly 4 of them. I was pretty worried about that, about getting complacent and saying "oh well...close enough". But I kept at it here on Sparks, inspired by so many people here who are trying to lose 5-10 lbs and they KNOW it is slow going for that final few and keep it up for months at a time. How do they do it? I didn't think I could, but now I know...I just keep doing what I did before...track, moderate, be smart, enjoy the treats when they come, plan.
Frankly, I've been so afraid of "maintenance"...I still am, but not as much now that I'm here. That bad voice in my head - "Maintenance = slip into old bad habits and put on all the weight again"...well, now it is being replaced by "Maintenance = doing what I've been doing for the last 9 months, with just a few calories more". And you know what? I'm good with that! I don't feel like I'm depriving myself...I eat pretty much what I want...it is just what I want has actually changed! Whooda-thunk-it?
Of course, this is today, this is now...fact is, my body is capable of being over-weight, and 'dats a fact. I can't forget that, it is my reality.
But I faced my biggest fear - that post-operation and the lessening of activity (and change in routine) that naturally comes with Canadian winter would throw me off the rails. Well, I nuked that! Less walking, no jogging, no rollerblading - it has been replaced by 4 days of ball hockey and near-daily Nike+ Kinect workouts. And boy, is that Nike+ program awesome or what?!? I can SEE and FEEL the difference in my body. Without a lie, in 10 weeks with that program, I am now the physically fittest I've ever been in my life...at 40! I've been in shape before, but never had my strength and core this toned - never this well-rounded. I've seen many versions of me in the mirror, but never this one.
And I've made SparkPeople a satisfying and fun part of my daily routine - getting inspiration from blogs, reading the tips and the forums, learning, getting new cooking ideas. Seeing my wife and a close friend make the most out of it here and feeling energized by their determination.
This date last year - 240lbs. Today, 150. Ya, what a difference a year makes.
Thanks for reading, whoever you may be.
(P.S. - also this year, was featured in the Toronto Star for weight loss: www.thestar.com/living/h