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The To-Do List: What's Next?

Monday, June 17, 2013

I'm coming up on a year with SparkPeople, and I'm very close to my original goal. Lately, I've been finding the communities and blog posts on the site help keep me focused, and it occurred to me that I haven't really thought about what my next goal will be. Writing a blog might be a good way to help me with that—not to mention, I really don't want to "find" this weight again, and I know from experience that reaching a goal can be the cue my brain needs to slack off.

Keeping a healthy weight isn't a task that will ever be done, finito, checked off the to-do list. I learned this the hard way in 2005, when I reached my goal weight of 169lbs. This picture was taken in the spring of 2006, I think.



It had taken me so long, and I'd worked so hard at it, that I felt as though I deserved a rest. I should get to be normal, now, right? And eat like a normal person? Well, guess what. I kept the weight off for a year or so, but then life stresses happened, and gradually the pounds began to creep back on. We moved cross-country (while keeping our business running through the financial crash of 2008) and had all kinds of personal crises. By 2010, the "gradual" weight creeping wasn't gradual any more. The picture below was taken in late 2011, and I don't even know how much I weighed—I didn't own a scale any more. It wasn't until I saw this picture that I realized how out of control my weight had gotten.



My back was already starting to give me serious trouble by then, and a few months later, it gave out. I knew that I had no choice but to get the weight off again. So, a year ago, I joined SparkPeople and gave myself what felt like a reachable goal: get below 200lbs. I know from experience that I feel healthy at that weight. It's not my "ideal" weight, but if I'm exercising and eating right, 200lbs (at 5'10") allows me to live my life and enjoy it.

The question is, now what? I don't want to give up the progress I've made. I've got a major operation coming up sometime in the next few months, and I know that will make things tough. I won't be able to exercise for at least two months. But what I do know is that the stronger and slimmer my body is, the easier the surgery will be, and the faster I will be able to bounce back. So, I've decided that as soon as I get a surgery date, I will be making some specific fitness goals. They probably won't be weight-related, but rather, endurance- and strength-related.

Next steps: surgery date, and lose those last couple of pounds to join the Ones club. Then, it will be time for a fitness evaluation and a few new milestones to hit.
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