Imagine . . .
This is my Future Self, at the end of BLC22, answering this all-important question:
"Denise, you have met your goals for BLC22! How do you feel and how did you do it?"
My ultimate goal for BLC22 was to lose 11.8 pounds. I have reached my goal! My baby steps to achieve this goal, as previously stated, were:
1. Mindful Eating and Tracking.
2. Sleep 7 Hours per Night
3. Incorporate More Music into my Daily Life
4. 64 oz of Water Daily
So, how do I feel after I have lost the 11.8 pounds from BLC22? I feel more confident. My self-esteem is at an all-time high! I even feel sexy! I feel a freedom that is hard to put into words.
I have dropped a size. This means I am out of the "big girl" section and can shop in stores I have not been able to shop in for years! I need new jeans, as the ones I have are very loose. Unless you have had to shop in the "big girl" section for years, there is no way you can understand what this feels like! I'm like a kid in a candy store with a nickel to spend on a piece of candy, and so many choices it's dazzling!
I am revved up to continue losing weight. I am that much closer to my ultimate goal. I want to continue with my four steps that got me this far. I feel so successful. I can't wait to set new goals, knowing I am going to meet them, too.
Having tracked my food for 12 weeks, it has become a natural thing for me to do. I believe it will be a life-long habit. That was the goal here. To eat healthy and exercise for 12 weeks, and having done this for 12 weeks, to make it a life-time change.
During the last 2 BLC's, I practiced mindful eating. I have stayed with it right up to the present time. I think that is going to be a big part of me reaching my goal.
I only eat sitting down. No television, no distractions. I concentrate on my food. I can see a clock from where I sit. I eat slowly, savoring every bite. If I feel like I want a second helping of anything, I make sure 20 minutes have passed, so my "full button" can engage. This strategy works well. I have not gone back for seconds for weeks! I eat what I intend to eat, and that is it.
My family and friends think I've gone off the deep end. Whenever we have a family dinner or go out to eat, I put my eating utensil down between bites to remind myself to practice mindful eating, to remind me to savor every bite.
Family dinners were always a downfall for me. They aren't now. I bring my own healthy food if none is to be provided. My family is really starting to respect my new eating habits.
My family notices my weight loss and they are proud of me for what I have achieved, but they are quick to remind me I have a ways to go. No kidding, as if I didn't know! Whatever. They can't possibly understand, and I forgive them for their lack of tactfulness.
This is not a quick process. This is a life-time change. It may be a slow process, but it is worth it. No miracle potions or starving myself. No quick weight loss only to be regained shortly thereafter. Nope, not this time. This time I am doing it right. And I know I am doing it right.
For BLC22, I wanted to do more exercise. I am doing more now than I have been doing in the past. I know I can do more. Still a work in progress here.
I have reached my goal of more music in my life, and that has created the stage for more spontaneous exercise, and more fun with intentional exercise. Now that I enjoy exercise more, I am doing more.
Since I have made it half way to my goal weight, I am motivated more than ever to exercise and continue mindful eating.
For meeting my goal of 64 ounces of water, I have developed a fool-proof plan that has been very successful. Each morning I fill up two 32 ounce bottles. The first bottle has to be gone by noon, the second bottle has to be done before day's end. This system works well for me.
I have been going to bed earlier. I now get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I wake up once to go to the bathroom, then I go right back to sleep. Sometimes my little dog, Liberty, has to go out around 5 a.m. Again, I am able to go right back to sleep. I am less tired and cranking during the day. I feel like I have more energy.
As I have met all my goals for BLC22, I am very proud of myself. I will not be happy when BLC22 ends, because I am on a roll and I want to keep going. I hope so much that there is a "bridging the gap" group like we had after BLC21. I want to stay accountable. I want to stay on track. I want to stay successful.
After reaching my BLC22 goals, I am even more motivated to help others reach their goals. I want to be as supportive to my teammates as they have been for me.
We Fabulous Feisty Foxes have a terrific supportive and motivational team, and I thank you all for your encouragement and friendship. Without all of you and your daily support, I don't think I would have met my goals. And I am so proud of how you all met your goals, too! We are all on the same path to healthy living, we are all moving forward to our next baby-step goals, ever reaching closer to our healthy weight goal. It has been an honor to be a part of this team! I am glad we were able to help one another along this road. We rock!
Looking forward to BLC23!
NOW, TO TURN THE "IMAGINE" INTO THE "I DID IT!"