Sunday, September 08, 2013
Just because I am good at something doesn't mean I have to keep doing it.
I have a pretty good record of successfully losing weight. I've done it LOTS of times over the last 20-something years. My ideal range is 25-30lbs. My personal best? 40lbs in 6 months and keeping it off for 4 more months. Over the years I've donated zillions of clothes in a range of sizes to thrift stores across 2 continents. My library is full of healthy cookbooks. I have cans of protein powders stacked up in my pantry. I can quote the mantra off weight loss, "eat less, move more", upside down and backwards in a couple of languages. The art and science of weight loss? I got it down pat.
Unfortunately, I'm even better at gaining weight. I'm back within a few pounds of my top weight and pretty fed up with myself (no pun intended.) Here's what I want to do: Do what I'm good at, losing weight, and then be an expert at living a healthy life that is reflected in a lean physique and laughter filled lifestyle. I want to seriously suck at gaining weight.
What do I have going for me now that I didn't have last time?
1. No more work/life balance issues - I have time to dedicate for regular exercise and creative outlets to fill the emotional holes that food used to.
2. We're in our "Forever House" No more pcs-ing means no more geographic disruptions to throw me off.
3. Family and Friends are working on diet/fitness lifestyles.
4. Great gym.
5. Family counselor
Bottom Line: Stability and easily accessible emotional support.
Goal: 145lbs by 1 Jan 2014
Phase 1: Weight Loss
Phase 2: Monthly Maintenance
Maintain weight range of 145-150lbs
Phase 3: Annual Fitness goals
Play/coach water polo
Personal Affirmation: I am a lean, strong beautiful woman who loves to dance, laugh and run.
Starting weight: 174.8lbs