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How My Life Will Change When I Reach My Goal

Sunday, January 27, 2013

This second blog is also for the BLC weekend challenge.

Before I joined BLC20, I honestly never thought I would reach my weight loss goal. I started at 264 in 1998 and have been trying since then to lose weight. I must admit that after 2004 when I got RA, I kind of stalled out on the trying thing because I was in so much pain that exercise got booted to the curb and eating healthily wasn't high on my priorities when high fat food was way more comforting.

That said, in Fall 2012, I joined BLC20 with the goal of losing 10 pounds but being happy with 5 and thinking all along that I'd be lucky to lose anything. But to my surprise, not only did I lose 5 pounds, I actually lost 8! So, now reaching my goal weight seems much more attainable. However, it's still a long ways away but I haven't given up.

My rheumatologist is thrilled with my weight loss (now more than 10 pounds) and told me to keep on doing what I'm doing so that's the first thing I'm looking forward to. Losing weight will take a lot of pressure off my knees and therefore, less pain (in theory) and if there's less pain then maybe I'll be able to be more physically active.

I'd love to be able to buy clothes anywhere and not just for plus-sized women. I'm looking forward to being able to sit in an airplane seat more comfortably.

But, honestly, the biggest change I hope will just be my health. I'd like to reach my 60s in the best health that I can have so that I can retire to an active and healthy life. I'll still have RA and OA but I can manage those. And, I have to remember that living healthily is for life not just until I reach goal.
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  • 4CYNDI
    WOOHOO! I'm glad you joined the challenge and got such great results! You are doing exceptionally well.
    1872 days ago
  • ANGEL1066
    I hear you about the comfort food, always my downfall. But every ounce of weight I have lost has improved my pain level and exercise has really improved my ability to manage daily tasks. Great blog!
    1873 days ago
    Keep fighting the good fight and it will happen!!
    1873 days ago
  • _LINDA
    emoticon This Biggest Loser challenge seems to be just the motivation you need to get it moving in the right direction! Do know this. I have RA and OR as well and I feel WAY better now then I did when I was packing around 198 lbs on my tiny little frame. It made a HUGE difference! I can move better, participate more, and even though there are more serious pain challenges, I can handle it better, and moving always makes me feel better than sitting around. Pushing through the pain and becoming fit was so worth it, just for the way it makes you FEEL -GREAT!
    You can do this Joanna!!
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    1873 days ago
    emoticon Blog Joanna....and i like the way you think...because living healthy is an absolute 'Must' at all times (except the occasional slip-ups) and not just until the challenge is over..or until we reach our Goal. You will succeed! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1873 days ago
    emoticon blog, Joanna.
    You've hit the nail on the head when you say the big change will be your overall health. We read it, we hear it, and we see it all around us all the time. I know that for me I didn't believe it for myself in the least. On my weight loss journey over the past year I have been pleasantly surprised to experience better overall health. I say surprised because remember I didn't believe it for myself. My joints hurt, not because of any diagnosed arthritis so I believed my exercise would be limited. I now run and the knees are cooporating so far. I had been on BP medications for years and resolved that wouldn't change because my Mom had been too so it must be gentic. Guess what. I am off all my BP medication. So what I read, what I heard, and what I saw had truth to it and I do believe it is possible for me to improve my overall health. Joanna I believe that for you too.
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    1874 days ago
    Re: "living healthily is for life not just until I reach goal." Now THAT'S the true secret to success! Because beyond your improved health there won't be too many changes to your life when you reach your goal. The At Goal and Maintaining SparkTeam helps folks to take the LONG view toward our health and is worth joining well ahead of reaching your goal as research is now revealing that folks who prepare for maintaining their weight in advance have a greater chance of success.

    LOADS of support, knowledge and wisdom on that SparkTeam also!

    1874 days ago
    emoticon Joanna!

    It took me almost a year to lose 55+ pounds, and Spark and the Warriors are why I haven't quit. You have done amazingly well - I'm in awe of your energy and know you will keep improving your health.

    Go Warriors! emoticon
    1874 days ago
    You are doing great!!! From one Warrior to another, you can do this!
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    1874 days ago
    You have been an amazing Warrior.............and you continue to inspire me with your determination and your success. I'm so glad we've gotten to know each other and that you are part of our team!!! Keep up the great work!!!!!!!

    ............and thanks for your support of me........................! emoticon

    1874 days ago
  • KMM1123
    Way to go on the weight loss! Overall health is a great goal to have. Any mini goals you create will help you to reach your main objective.

    This is my first ride with the BLC and I'm having a great time!

    Keep up the great work!

    1874 days ago
    OK I admit I'm slow. What on earth is a BLC challenge?? Please leave a note on my spark page and explain....sounds like something Id like to do.

    Keep up the good work girl, you're making steady progress!
    1874 days ago
    Wow Joanna, you are doing so good, I know that you'll get to goal by the time you're 60 and way before even, I feel. With the way you're going at it for sure! I have faith in you Girl!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1874 days ago
    First of all, there is no way you are almost 60! So entering your 60s healthy will be a goal met as you must have over 15 years to get there, right!!

    Secondly, I love that the BLC challenges are doing great for you and are challenging you more and more. I am not ready to dive off into one of them for myself yet, but I am sure that one day I will have to drive and commitment to step into that challenge pool!

    I say that anything that motivates you is a wonderful thing. My motivation lately has been more along the lines of havin more space in the bed for my fat butt so I can sleep AROUND my dog and still have my own room. Today I outslept him (I slept until 1 pm!!!) and he kept coming in here and using my body as a trampoline. I think I won, I am not sure yet as I have not moved very far!!

    Remember, on Sunday a Goddess rests!

    Hugs and Love, Ang
    1874 days ago
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