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State of mind...

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

So, more people are taking notice to my weightloss. Which brings with it those questions of "How did you do it?" I start off by explaining about Spark, calorie counting, portion control, and consistent workouts. Somewhere in the conversation their eyes glaze over and they go very far away from the strange words I am saying.

I feel like my progress has been fairly slow and at times my efforts are half hearted. But, I have it implanted into my brain that I want to be healthy and I enjoy feeling better and having energy. To me, losing weight/making healthy choices is a state of mind. It's the state of mind where you choose a salad at your favorite food place instead of a burger. Not because you want to deny yourself because one bad meal isn't going to make you fat...but, because you know that the salad will make you feel better in ways the burger never could.

I don't think I've gone off the fitness deep end but, apparently those around me do. My mom insists I'm skinny enough, which I appreciate but, I'm not even to the 190s yet. I'm still hovering around somewhere between 200 and 201. But, I did lose 2 pounds this week. Two a week is plenty for me. It's giving me time to keep learning what a healthy lifestyle is and it's giving my skin time to adjust to my loss, so that only a few spots on me flap in the breeze.

It's not easy. I have days I really just don't want too. But, in the end it will be worth it. Though, I'm pretty sure I've got more people to make question my sanity along the way.

It's in the mind. The habits that got me so heavy were in my head and landed me at a high of 375-ish. Now the habits that will get me to 160 or less if it's healthy are there but, it's a work in progress.
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    I can tell by your new picture that you look thinner. Congratulations! Just keep to your good, healthy, new lifestyle because you know what's right for you and do your best to ignore those other people who may mean well and may want the best for you, but they haven't yet learned what a healthy lifestyle is. Stay strong.

    DeAnne, Missourians Team
    1749 days ago
    First, congratulations!

    Second, no one (for some reason) wants to hear about the sensible ways we lose weight. I have the same reaction every time I mention it. Want to know why? Because if we take control and start making healthier food choices and make a calorie range and stop eating before we feel like we are going to burst and exercise, well, that means that weight loss is an attainable goal for anyone. Doesn't it? People like to say that it isn't what they eat, but they have a slow metabloism and so so so much more, and they feel like it isn't their fault that they are overweight. However, if you lose weight in a sensible way, that makes it their fault for being overweight. And no one wants to admit that being fat is because of poor nutrition and overeating.

    Second, everyone who tells you that you are thin enough, they are very nice. It is good that they are complimenting you, because clearly, you deserve it. But don't let it deter you from your goals. Odds are, they feel like they relate to you being heavier, and if you get even thinner, then they have to admit that they need to lose weight too!

    It is funny, I never thought that working out and losing weight would cause problems with certain things, some of my family is incredibly supportive. Others just make excuses as to why they aren't thin.

    Good luck on your journey to 160! You can do it!
    1750 days ago
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