Today is day 44 of my streak!
As of today (November 26) there are 35 days until New Years day, and I am feeling so determined to stay on track and to make as much progress as possible in that time. In the past, I would go completely off track during the holiday season, and gain at least 5 lbs...usually more! Then on New Years Day, I would make a bunch of resolutions to start eating right, exercising and losing the weight.
But I don't want to start 2014 that way. I want to make progress NOW! And I am thrilled that some of my Sparkfriends who feel the same way have joined me on a private Healthy Holidays Challenge team. Their support has really helped me to stay on track!
One of the threads on the Healthy Holidays Challenge team is for posting NFR's (Non-Food Rewards.) This thread was inspired by a blog written by my Sparkfriend Susan (PGHP31CK). Thanks Susan!
Last week, to give myself a NFR, I ordered a new workout DVD, and it should be here tomorrow. I sure look forward to getting it! Its a Pilates workout with a mini ball;
You know, its kind of amazing that I am actually looking forward to getting a workout DVD...and that I consider it a reward! I used to be obese, unhealthy, lazy and a couch potato. How incredible it is to me that I am no longer that person! I'm 52 years old, and I'm more physically fit NOW than I was ten or even 15 years ago. And it started with making the choice to get up off the couch and to start working out, even though it was difficult and uncomfortable.
There were so many times when I wanted to quit, but I pushed myself to keep going anyway. It wasn't easy, and there were so many things I couldn't do. But I gave myself permission to be a beginner, and I gave myself time to get better.
I've lost 71 lbs so far and I have about 70 more pounds that I still need to lose. I still struggle with workouts, but I truly accept that my struggles only make me stronger. I am going to keep fighting, and I will do my best to stay on track throughout this holiday season.