Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I was never obese until my sophomore year in college. In fact, I graduated fro high school weighing just 117 pounds. No Freshman 15 for me - just the opposite! I got salmonella food poisoning and was extremely ill. Lost 12 pounds in 8 days. Started having a milkshake every single night before bed, and I still didn't get back to 120 for most of a year. And just about the time I did, I got pregnant and gained WAY too much. In truth, I think I screwed up my once-perfect metabolism with that combination of events.
That said, I've let my legitimate difficulties run my life most of the time ever since. I've been at goal weight with Weight Watchers (three times), NutriSystem, Prism, Jenny Craig.....and always gained it all back with interest.
Sixteen months ago, I found SparkPeople. With everyone's help here, I'm finally getting my thinking straightened out. I'm not "there" yet, but I'm closer. I didn't get to goal, got lazy and involved with a pity party when my Dad died last January, and then I gained some back. SOME - NOT ALL! I maintained for months and months!
Now I'm ready to get back to work, and accept that I'll be working at this forever and forever. So here are my 2014 goals.
1 - Reach my goal weight by June 30 and maintain the second half year.
2 - Walk a 5K a month, virtual or actual.
3 - Walk a 10K, virtual or actual, by May 31, and then do two more.
4 - Walk a virtual half-marathon by October 31.
5 - Get off cholesterol medicine. Reduce blood pressure medicine dose by at least 50%.
6 - Eliminate one antidepressant drug and reduce the other by 50%.
7 - Drop at least one clothing size. (Bra size reduction will happen too, but who knows by how much).
8 - Keep up with house. It needs constant attention and refiguring to make sure it works to have added in an adult son and his boys (in 1000SF).
9 - Read at least 3 hours a week, mix of fiction and nonfiction.
10- Knit at least 5 hours a week so I can make a significant dent in my stash!
And, since I'm about to start a round of BLC, I'll pin down a 12-week version of progress toward these tomorrow.