Wedding Day (2 May 2009)--Need to get back to the progress I had made until then!

Goal Weight 165 (at least)

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May 2009
STOP!, Sarah, STOP! Now. What has happened? You made all that progress (60 pounds gone in about 5 months), looked great on your wedding day and had developed some good habits. So you are back here, having regained 35 pounds or so in the last year (particularly over the last few months...winter was a killer). What's going on?

I've thought a lot about this, and I think in the end, I was tired. I worked very hard to shed pounds and develop healthy habits in the second half of 2008 and the first half of 2009. But I was working so hard and with so much structure in my habits that I was just tired. I was even tired of looking at SparkPeople--it felt like a "nag" rather than a motivation. And that isn't a healthy way to look at these things. And it was easy to let a workout here or a healthy meal there go in favour of an afternoon on the sofa and a pizza. And somehow those became my habits.

So I know now that I need to find some balance for myself. That means finding some ways to develop SUSTAINABLE exercise habits and SUSTAINABLE healthy eating habits. I think that means that I will slow myself down in terms of how I set my goals. That should make it easier to transition to maintenance.
October 2008
Yep--that's right...another wedding-motivated looser. But it's got to get off and stay off! I am changing my life TODAY, and everyday. I choose to be healthy and I will continue to choose to be healthy and make good choices every day.

So, I am cutting down on what I eat, changing the way I think about everyday eating and getting off my backside and walking, doing the elliptical machine and (my favourite) doing pilates!
One of my favourite quotes is "What gets written, gets done." I hope that by writing this, and by tracking my fitness, nutrition and goals I will be more accountable to myself for the choices I make each day.

"Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul" - Simone Weil.

I will give myself the effort and attention, because I deserve to allow that light to flood my soul.

Member Since: 10/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 15,003

My Goals:
I need to set realistic habits for myself that I can sustain in the long term through ups and downs of life.

Reasons to change my lifestyle:
- Looking better
- Feeling better
- Feeling happy having my picture taken and being able to look back at happy memories without cringing
- Being a better example to the children I hope to have some day
- Making it easier to have children
- Living longer
- Enjoying things like hiking much more
- More traveling!
- Fitting into stylish (designer) clothes....

I am working on setting some shorter-term goals for myself...I want to give my transition back into healthier living a few weeks to see how things are going as I develop better habits.

My Program:
Healthy eating and exericse! In more detail...

For exercise, I am trying to exercise 5-6 times a week, with cardio and core/strength work the focus. This means keeping up with my Pilates and doing yoga or tai chi along with my time on the treadmill/bike/elliptical machine and/or out in the great outdoors.

For nutrition, I am going to go with NOT tracking what I eat for now. I know generally what my calorie intake should be each day to reach my goals. I'm working on getting that about right every day. I am still reading labels and thinking about nutritional content and making careful choices, but I think that I will make better long-term progress if my eating pleasure isn't tied closely to the end of a computer and a set of rules that I obsessively follow. It's just the way that I work. (A note: when I lost 60 pounds the first time, I DID track, and it was a useful tool for me and it is how I learned portion control. It can be a good tool and it is worth trying!

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I'm from the East Coast (of the USA) but have lived in London since 2001.

Other Information:
I love reading, watching TV and movies, hiking and the great outdoors, my two cats and cooking! I've also recently taken up knitting--bizarrely addictive--and am pretty obsessed with it these days.

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