One of my Spark Teams asked these questions in a thread and I decided to write a blog about it so I could revisit my success. It's especially needed right now because I've been struggling this week.
What progress have you made so far this year?
253 pounds to 173 = 80 pounds lost
Previous measurements are from September 28th. I didn't measure January 1st.
Waist - 58.5 to 40 = 18.5 inches lost
Hips - 55 to 40 = 14 inches lost
Thigh - 28.5 to 24 = 4.5 inches lost
Arm - 20 to 16 = 4 inches lost
BMI - (47.8 when I started) (43.5 January 1st) to 29.8
According to the BMI chart, I'm no longer obese, just overweight.
What are some of your successes, and what are some of the things you've learned?
A big one for me was discovering I could run. Yes, I mean discovering. I haven't run since I was a little kid, 30 years ago. I started out slow, running 1 minute intervals. I've worked my way up to being able to run a whole 5K. I'm thinking about signing up for a half marathon next year.
I lost 100 pounds in a year, September 28, 2012 - September 9, 2013.
I've learned a day or a week of over eating doesn't have to turn into a month or a year or forever.
I've learned that the support on SparkPeople is priceless! There is always someone here who knows or has experienced exactly what I'm going through - successes and struggles.
I've learned accurately measuring and tracking my food is worth the time and hassle.
I've learned that slow progress is still progress.
What progress do you plan to make in the 40 days left of this year, and what are you going to do to make it happen?
I'd like to be in the 150s by January.
I'm going to work harder on being within my calorie range. I'm going to have to avoid most "treats". I've tried keeping things to a sensible portion, but I haven't been able to do that yet. If I have extra in the house, I'll eat it.
I'm going to keep up with my workouts. I'm going to try to incorporate more running, but gradually. I don't want to injure myself doing too much too soon.
I'm going to strength train 3 times each week for at least 10 minutes at a time. I do 2 session with a trainer each week, but it's motivating myself to do the 3rd one on my own that's the hard part.
I'm going to go to bed on time so I get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. When I'm tired I make poorer food choices.