Sunday, January 20, 2013
A Mini-Goal seems to have been achieved!
Two of the past three days, my early morning weight has registered on my electronic scale as being just below 160#. For my height, that means I AM NO LONGER OBESE! The third morning (yesterday), it was a few tenths above, but the night before I had eaten some salted food, although not too much and not recklessly.
I really am not proclaiming this beyond my Spark circle of friends/acquaintances. The word "obese", however clinically derived, is always a shocker when you see it written on a medical chart or hear it used about YOU. The connotations are humiliating. "Overweight" is bad enough (and it will take almost 30 more lbs to get shed of that label). "Obese" is a taunt, a slur, an implication that I am a person who is out of control.
Yes, yes, I know that is ridiculous and irrational and doesn't reflect who I REALLY AM or who my many Spark friends who would be labeled in this way are, really and truly. But let's face it: it isn't a label anyone yearns to earn!
I have lost 29.2 lbs to get to this point, and in 3 more lbs, I will reach another mini-goal: the halfway point to my goal weight, which is 4-5 lbs below the border between "overweight" and "normal". According to the original goal I set when I came back to Sparkpeople last summer, I have 11.5 months in which to make that journey.
Do I feel better already? Of course! Am I moving around easier and with more enthusiasm? Yes! Will my physician be pleased (and pleasantly surprised) when I go for my visit 8 weeks from now? You bet!
Am I going to coast for awhile or stop using the Spark trackers and support systems which got me this far? NOT ON YOUR LIFE!
Seeing that weight loss ticker move slowly but surely to the right and seeing that graph fuzzily but steadily move lower (and stay below the dreaded yellow line) is highly motivating. And the support from fellow Sparkpeople? I can't say enough about how much this means.
I hereby "renew my vows" to myself to continue living my healthiest way (eating wisely, exercising regularly, sleeping enough). Yes, this CAN be a way of life I can sustain. I've done it for seven months, to date, through trips and holidays and life in general. I can do it for the future.
I can and I WILL (hold me to this, Spark friends!)!