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Things weigh on us

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Things are weighing on my mind. Finishing taxes today (major). Finishing a set of papers to grade (important). Missing two meetings because I need to stay home and do these things (not great). House needs cleaning. Garden needs work putting it to bed for the winter and deciding what's going to work for the late market weeks through November (maybe we won't have much). New greenhouse needs planting, but the electric and water aren't set up yet (worrisome).

I try not to think about all of this at once. I am worrying about taxes first, since I need to wrap that up today. I think that's half the weight right there. Tomorrow I may be exhausted, but I'll feel better.

And I did lose 1.2 pounds this week, and 1.75 inches. Not a lot, but steady progress. It makes sense. I was losing an average of 2 pounds a week on my last go 'round, but I was also doing a lot of cardio - an extra hour on M-W and another hour or two on T-Th. Which would be about another 3500 calories. But my purpose this time is to do things more like I'm going to be able to maintain, so a one-pound loss, provided it doesn't stop, is probably ideal.


I just have to get used to the idea that it's going to take a very long time to reach my goal. Twice as long as I had hoped. But you know what? I was off plan for a year. That seemed to go by pretty quickly. So maybe in a year I will have lost 50 pounds and still have 25 to go, which will take another six months.

What else do I have but time? 18 months is going to go by one way or another, as long as I'm still breathing. I can spend 18 months getting healthier and stronger and thinner. And once that's over, I'm much more likely to be able to stay there this time.

Or I can spend the next 18 months whining and eating and sitting on my a$$, getting fatter and weaker and experiencing my first round of major health degradation. That's a choice we all make, every day.

One pound down this week. Very good.

Note -- not that I think this 51-year-old body is going to look like those girls, but it's going to look dayam good and I liked the sayings on the photos. :)
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  • CODYG123
    Here is some good news ... a loss of half a pound a week is an accomplishment!!! A 2000 caloric deficit per week, in 18 months, might translate to my last lost ten 10 pounds. Slow weight-loss is sustainable.

    Unfortunately I stress eat. My caloric diff is a reflection of x times I go for the peanut butter and rice cakes.

    Ya, getting your taxes done is a good priority. So is finding an hour everyday to take care of you and breath back some health. emoticon emoticon emoticon

    1514 days ago
    Great blog! I love your attitude. Every day that we make healthier choices, the better we are. You can totally do this.
    1553 days ago
  • LAURA7051
    Good loss! It might take time to get to your goal, but it's not a race. Like those pics & what they say!

    Good luck with the taxes!
    1559 days ago
    That's an excellent mentality. The time will pass anyway so we may as well use it wisely!
    1561 days ago
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    1561 days ago
    Have a great Sunday
    1561 days ago
    Exactly! The tradeoff is worth it. If you add up all the time from start to finish - including time of regaining - it takes a long time to get and stay at goal anyway, perhaps even longer than losing it more slowly, since it's harder to maintain afterwards. Slow and steady. you'll get there in no time!!
    1561 days ago
    Or I can spend the next 18 months whining and eating and sitting on my a$$, getting fatter and weaker and experiencing my first round of major health degradation. That's a choice we all make, every day.

    LOVE IT and so so true!!!! my arthritis has gotten worse but will still keep on walkng and eating well. I have to get more strength training in on a more consistent basis.
    Have a great week, and hope you can get some stuff xed off your list!
    1561 days ago
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