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Getting Back On Track

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I want to lose 20 pounds this summer. That is the 10 I gained due to lack of sleep and stress, along with an additional 10. I can do it.

I was so close to reaching my goal when life threw a big monkey wrench in my plans. I felt like taking care of myself, the whole purpose of the weight loss in the first place, meant allowing myself to slack a little. I ate more calories to be able to get through my crazy schedule, but often those extra calories were unplanned and not foods I should have been eating. Now I am up like 13 pounds, but I can lose it. I can sleep in a little during the summer since I did not get picked up for summer school, and I have lots of time to exercise. I am hoping to pick up more work hours from the second job, we definitely need the money, but I am going to make the best of this off time.

First, I need to get my eating back under control. I went a long time only eating whole grains, and eating very little sugar. I felt great. It was good for my health and my mood. I have slacked in that department. Sugar is one of those things that is hard to manage for me. I found myself with less will power due to lack of sleep and stress, and the more I ate, the more I wanted sweets. I find that if I stop sugar completely, then I don't even want it. So today I am not eating sugar. I am hoping to make it a long spark streak, but I am starting with just today. Just say no to simple carbs.

Second, I need to get back on track with exercise. I have consistently exercised, but since my free time was extremely limited, my duration was cut in half or less. Instead of 40+ minutes a day, I was going for 20 minute walks because I knew I needed to get other stuff done before I had to leave for work. For a few months, I was having some lower back pain, and I just did not feel like running or doing anything too strenuous. I am feeling better now, so I have no excuse. I am going back to 40+ minutes. I am starting today with an hour or more of walking. I will work back up to running.

I think if I can get those two things back on track, then I can reach my 20 pound goal. I like the way I feel when I take care of myself. I know that reaching that goal is not going to bring me instant happiness. It will not solve all my problems. I will not instantly look like a super model. It will make me feel good, none the less. I was feeling so strong and healthy before my financial crisis (unemployed husband). I want my size 10's to fit without a muffin top. I want to eat foods that nourish me, and leaving me feeling good. I did a half marathon in February without training for it. I don't know if I could do that right now, but I like being in that kind of shape. I never ever want to go back to weighing 340 pounds. That was not fun. I want to reach a healthy BMI, so I can live a long time for my kids. Starting today, I am getting back on track.
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    This is a small hill compared to the mountains you have already climbed. You already know what gave you success in the past and you know where the tools and support are to make it happen. A good rest will help you focus and get back where you want to be.

    2915 days ago
    My first priority would be to gain no more weight. At worst keep it where you are now.

    THEN I will try to chip away at those extra pounds one at a time.

    I've found that when under stress, the last thing I need is to stress over my weight. But a plan to not gain any more is doable and important.

    You KNOW you GOT this!
    2915 days ago
    You GO, girl! I'm right there with ya!

    I've been less than thrilled about my own 15 or so lb gain from my lowest weight in March.

    Yesterday I revisited a video of myself in a pool session, practicing a kayak roll.

    And I thought about how I was lighter back then, with a lower % body fat. And I watched that feeble roll and realized something.

    If I could have all this weight and fat back off to where I was in that video but have to trade my kayaking skills, I wouldn't do it. Because I love kayaking, and there's no way I'd be running the rivers I'm doing now without the skills I've gained since that movie was shot.

    And then today I had another realization. There's no reason that has to be a choice. Summer just started. Kayaking continues comfortably through September. I know how to lose 15 lbs, and I know how to lose the last 5 after that.

    I can have BOTH my kayaking skills, AND the body I want. So I'm gonna. Because the only thing stopping me is ME.

    2917 days ago
    What a motivational blog to start my day! :)
    Honestly, I think you do look like a super model!
    Good luck with your 20 pounds! My summer goal is 5 pounds per month. I'm not even sure I'll do that!
    2918 days ago
    As you know I've been fighting the same thing myself. Stress and poor eating creeping up on me. But today was a new day to make good choices. Tomorrow I will try to do the same. And the next day.....

    Guess that's the beauty of this journey...every day is a new day to start over and fresh! We can do this...hang in there!!!

    2919 days ago
    You've done a great job so far. I'm sure that you will succeed with the rest. I'm looking forward to this summer's picture in front of the train.

    Have a good summer.

    2919 days ago
    I too got waylaid by life situations, and I too want to get back on track. Thank you for reminding me that I just need to do it for t.o.d.a.y. -- You are a great motivator and I know you can do this!
    2919 days ago
  • MISSJCISRUNNING are a strong woman and when you set you mind on something I know you can accomplish it!!! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help along the way!!!
    2919 days ago
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    I need to get back on track too. My evening eating has been BAD! Thanks for inspiring me to start one day at a time.
    2919 days ago
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