Sunday, January 12, 2014
Yesterday was day #2 of 100. It was actually my 11th day on Sparkpeople but a couple of days ago I made a new, additional commitment. I committed to doing everything I can to get inshape and become healthy for 100 days. (If you haven't seen the news stories about the Give it 100 program check out my blog from yesterday) Notice that I didn't say that I committed to losing weight.
Now don't get me wrong, I want to (and need to) lose weight. I am about 41 pounds over my final foal weight (but down 5 pounds this month so far). But if I commit to losing weight then I feel like I will be limiting myself to that number on the scale. I could lose weight and still be unhealthy but that's not what I really want. In the end what I really want is to get healthy, to feel good about myself, to have my energy back, to sleep better, to feel less sore doing everyday things, to feel strong, and to feel proud.
I'm starting to realize that I LIKE the feeling of having given my muscles a good workout. I LIKE the little competition that I have going on inside my head (Can I do this? Can I go two more minutes? Can I add 10 more pounds to the machine or 2 more reps to my set?) I have even come to realize that I LIKE veggies (especially roasted)! For me that's pretty huge- just ask my mom who always had to argue with me to eat my veggies as a kid. I'm starting to realize that I LIKE the way living healthy makes me feel.
The really cool thing about this is that while I could (and have in the past) lose weight without being really healthy, I can't really behave in a truly healthy way without losing weight. One drives the other and, in the end, I get the best of both goals.
So, two days down and 98 days to go!