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6 Months At Goal

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Woo woo. It's true. Yesterday was my official weigh-in at my Weight Watcher's meeting and I was smack on target. I firmly believe in using all tools that work on this journey of a lifetime of healthy living and since I'm also a committee type of person when it comes to problem solving - those in-person meetings are extremely valuable. LOL - it's because I couldn't go to a meeting every day that I started using Spark People to get more input, be with more friends, feel more connected.

And it's true about being a committee gal - an Extrovert on the Myers Briggs scale - I do all my problem solving with a group. If I don't have a natural group I'll go get a couple of strangers and ask them to help. Other people's ideas really prime my mental pump.

Of course - in the end only I can walk that walk - no matter how much talking I do along the way - and I'm really proud of myself for making it 6 months at goal. I'm happy too - which is an entirely different feeling - but pride is the one that sort of surprises me. I expect to do a good job in most of the things I do, but then - who's to say I don't pick things I already know I can do a good job at? But getting slim and fit and staying there may be the hardest thing I've ever done. This is an achievement and I'm still learning how to accept it and to keep on doing it. I'll probably be learning the keep on part for the rest of my life. But the accepting part? well. Made me think it was time for a little reward, so off to the stores I went yesterday afternoon and scored big time.

I live in VA which sometimes has a southern climate and sometimes a not-so-southern climate. Autumn colors are already painting the forests around here and yet it's 90 degrees outside. Weird feeling that - and doubly weird to dress in it. Finding transitional clothes that are color appropriate and yet not too hot is sometimes a challenge. Yesterday though I found a fantastic cluster of coordinated things - a plaid skirt, a striped dress, a wonderful pumpkin colored jacket and a slightly rustier sweater. Everything works so perfectly that I'm going to take them all with me in 2 weeks when I go to a conference. All I need is a nice camel colored blouse or tank top or t-shirt and I'm good to go.

Ah yes. Nothing like a shopping reward for reaching a milestone.

But where do I go from here?

Of course, I want to stay at goal for the rest of my life. That's a given. But what about other tweaks and steps and trim tabs I can make or take? Because - having something to do towards triumph is actually an important part of keeping triumph within my hands. (or on my hips!)

Well - trust SparkPeople to have something for me. I found this article today and it was just what I wanted.
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/wellness_articles.asp
?id=186&page=3


Yeah. 13 healthy habits. And Number One #1 Numero Uno hit exactly on something I've been considering.

1. Drink water throughout the day. I really need to do this - I've been sensing I haven't been having enough water so I'm going to commit to drinking and tracking 64 oz of water every day. I think I'll make it a streak.

Another one I really liked was:

11. Take a walk break during the day. I try to do this most of the time - but really it needs to be another daily activity - so I'll streak that one too.

and finally, I think I need to concentrate on this one.

13. Get enough sleep

It's not that I go around sleep deprived all the time - but I do often get up when I've had only 6 hours of sleep and I know I do better with 7 or 8. I'm not sure I'm going to streak this one right away but I am going to pay attention ... maybe revisit this in October.

Cause one thing I've learned along this journey is that you should take BABY STEPS - and for me, two streaks is definitely baby.

So. Happy Days to one and all and Keep on steppin'!
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KANOE10 9/12/2013 7:10AM

    Great job on six months. You deserved to celebrate with new clothes. I liked the article and am saving it.

You are doing great!

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BRADMILL2922 9/12/2013 2:15AM

    WOW! 6 months is awesome! CONGRATS! You should be really proud of everything you have done! I totally feel you on the sleep thing! Good luck getting that figured out because I know it isn't easy!

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KARENKANDO 9/11/2013 9:12PM

    What an inspiration you are! Huge congrats on 6 months!!! That's a very big deal - certainly worthy of a shopping trip or two or three. emoticon I'm struggling to lose weight because I just haven't found a good - solid - program that works well for me. I've been to WW before and just today, I had actually toyed with the idea of joining again. Now, after reading your blog? I just might do that. Thanks for sharing your story. emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/11/2013 7:01PM

    Congrats! 6 months is GREAT!!!

Those habits are also great. But I think BREWMASTERBILL is onto something when he suggests that the habits follow from meaningful goals, that they are often not helpful as goals in themselves.

He did a great job articulating this in a recent thread:

http://www.sparkpeop
le.com/myspark/team_messageboar
d_thread.asp?board=681x1111x548
47665

So what is it that doing those behaviors will make you capable of, that you weren't able to do, before? What is your WHY for doing them? "Just staying at goal" probably won't be a satisfying answer in the very long term...

Keep it up, and I'd love to hear what your big reasons (or little ones) are for wanting to keep on keeping on.

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Congrats again!

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CHRISTIECAT 9/11/2013 6:06PM

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/11/2013 2:21PM

    YAY for you!! You should be proud and happy!!! You've achieved a significant goal!!! emoticon

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WEDDWT 9/11/2013 12:23PM

    Accept and receive (with palms up and open) the well-deserved "atta-girls" today! And then bring your hands together and press to your heart.

Speaking of emoticon have you tried coconut water? It's nice for a little something different occasionally and is full of good electrolytes. Maybe for after you come back from your walk with the little white dog!

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/11/2013 10:05AM

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MSLZZY 9/11/2013 7:33AM

    I read that article and saved it.
emoticon on maintaining and all the new clothes!

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