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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I updated my ticker. I had been seeing my weight loss ticker so close to being finished, I think I lost the desire to finish. Close enough, right?

With the ticker reflecting my true starting weight, I looked like I was 3/4 of the way done for the last 9 months. Good enough, right?

Now it reflects the last part of my journey, starting with the last 1/4 of the original ticker. It makes me think I have so much farther to go with my little moving guy so close to the start of my line instead of hovering so close to the end.

In resetting my ticker, I also have to reset my mind. It's no longer good enough. I have to finish, I have a few people that have specifically asked me for the before and after shot that's clipped together in some form of finality with the original clothes. Instead of 50 pounds gone, it will be an 80 pound loss in the end. I should be able to wrap myself in those clothes instead of having to wear them to prove the difference.

I need to track all my food for the next few months to make sure I'm going to lose that last bit of weight. I can easily maintain without tracking (within 5 pounds), but losing anything without tracking, no way!

Diligence! That's what will keep me going! I have to be back to every little bite or it just won't happen. I have to treat this like I never lost anything and I'm starting from this point to begin with. 28 pounds is no different than 80 pounds when it comes to losing the weight. I still have to track, I still have to stay within my ranges and I still have to exercise. It's just a smaller range with less room for error.

Fortunately I am much picker than I was about my food when I was above 200. I have gone crazy with where my sources are and as soon as I can afford it, I will be buying direct from a farmer. Fortunately there are a ton of farmers near me! That's a benefit of living in small family farm country. I can easily find what I need at
, from organic to honey to fresh eggs and grass fed meat.

I don't like the sweets as much as I did, I'd rather have whichever fruit is in season for my treats. I still have my morning "treat" of berries and vanilla yogurt every morning.

I will be getting a job as soon as the kids go back to school. I'll find something second shift so we don't have to ever worry about daycare for them. Having actual dollars in my account will help out in the long run. No one can rely on government assistance for long. Not being able to just run to the fridge will help, but I wonder how the sleep differential will throw me off since I figure I won't be in bed until 1 am or later while still having to be up at 7:30 am to get the kids to the bus. Plus I still plan on volunteering at the school one day a week, so no extra sleep that day!

So plenty will be changing in my life in the next few months. I'll be skinnier, employed and healthy.

On to the end!

Today's Holidays: National Drive-Thru Day, National Tell An Old Joke Day, Amelia Earhart Day, Cousin's Day, Marvin The Martian's Birthday and National Tequila Day.
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  • COREY195
    Wow, before I read this I change mine too.
    1698 days ago
  • RIGEIN24
    The more you talk about this the more I want to steal your idea. It's like letting go of the past. Start where you are...
    Best wishes for all your future endeavors!
    1700 days ago
    I think resetting your ticker is a GREAT strategy! And good luck with the job and long hours. emoticon
    1700 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Resetting the ticker probably will be the best thing for you continue on your weight loss. I'm happy for you, so focused.
    1700 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    You have done well and hopefully this will trigger the push to get to goal---you go girl.
    1700 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    Good idea! Good luck!
    1700 days ago
    I am a visual person also! A change in perspective is such a good thing!

    Marvin the Martian is my favorite cartoon character:) Thanks for sharing!
    1700 days ago
    Great strategy, you can do it! I know you've come a long way and that you know how to reach your next goal!
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    1701 days ago
  • CHERIJ16
    I seem to be in the same boat as you. I have been stuck at the same weight for over 2 months and I still need to lose at least 10 more. I have been a little complacent about what and how much I eat. I need to get back to the basics that helped me to lose the 21 pounds. Here's to us! emoticon
    1701 days ago
    Sounds like you have a good plan in motion. Maybe a part time job would be good for your sleeping or one at the school your kids attend. You should be so proud of yourself for losing that weight. It is not easy! It is certainly a life change for me even though I don't have much to lose, it is a constant struggle after a life spent never having to worry about weight until I hit fifty. I am going to win this battle and so are you!
    1701 days ago
  • ELMA1913
    I'm proud of you also - a big part of success is admitting to ourselves when we need to step back and take a good look at ourselves and make changes! emoticon
    1701 days ago
    I think the reset was a great can do this...

    You mentioned having to track again, I feel like I will always be having to track...but that is fine with me.....

    I am proud of you....

    1701 days ago
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