Still at it...sort of.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I started a commitment to Sparkpeople January 3rd of this year. I lost 10 pounds within the first two months and felt great about myself. I believe this small accomplishment gave me the excuse to stop regularly tracking my meals and exercising.
Now it's the end of August and I have been able to maintain the 10 pound weight loss with little effort. That is something to celebrate but it also reminds me I have along way to go to get to the weight I want. I initially scheduled to reach my goal of a 40 pound loss by the beginning of the year 2011. After some thought I realized that goal will sabotage itself. During this journey I have realized that I am not that driven. Sure, I really want to lose the weight. On the otherhand, I really enjoy eating. After some contemplation I decided losing the next 30 pounds will be much more enjoyable if I do it in about one year. This way I can focus on eating healthy without starving myself. I can track the piece of birthday cake without self-defeating feelings of guilt. I can have a few glasses of wine with my friends and not worry about how I will need to starve myself the next day to make up for it.
I know many people will think my lack of stringent commitment will eventually lead me to failure. But, I have found that simply logging on to Sparkpeople regularly has helped me keep off what I have already lost, it has helped change my relationship with junk food, and it has reminded me of my small successes.