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Not What I Did Before - But I'm Not Insane Either

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Wow, It's April! I started this journey in September. I'm 42 pounds down, but my weight loss reversed, balanced and stopped for 8 weeks of that when I had surgery and recovered. I haven't lost the 10 pounds per month that I had planned on, based on the experience from "diets" I did in my late 20's and early 40's. I didn't repeat those either. You know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. My experience was that I burned out on those "diets" in 6 months, so at 60 pounds down, I was thrilled and beginning to "cheat" regularly. One year later, all my good work was gone . . .

This time, I'm living my life every day and incorporating lifestyle changes that are sustainable into it. There is no "cheating" because nothing is forbidden. There is overeating on my daily intake, which slows things down. There is skipping my exercises, which slows down the inches I've been losing. But I'm not a very good person at living a scheduled life, so I accept these facts and try to continue to have more meals that are on track, and spend more time moving. It's so easy to spend the whole day sitting. I'm finding, though, that as I move more, I want to move even more. That's a big plus!

I lost 4 pounds in February and another 3 1/2 in March. That's not much, but I'm still dropping in clothing sizes while losing that slowly. I'm still eating with my family and eating in restaurants waaayyyyy too much. That is the lifestyle we live right now. At the rate of 4 pounds per month, It'll take me another 2 years to lose all the weight I need to get off. That is only about a year longer than I had "planned" to take. I'll accept that and pray that my health continues to improve along with the weight loss. And I never plan to "diet" again!

Healthy motion is still new to my lifestyle. It still takes concentrated effort to move consistently, but it will come with time I'm sure. The gym membership built in regular workouts for about 2 weeks, then our normal lifestyle needed our attention again. We (my husband and I) are not as faithful to go to the gym 6 days a week as we were, but we're becoming faithful at making sure we are moving more and/or strengthening every day in whatever ways we can fit into our schedules. We're still going to the gym, but since it's spring, only 2 or 3 times weekly. That feels sustainable.

Well, It's April, It's Easter season. I think I'll be very selective about my Easter candy of choice and enjoy every (small) bite of it! They do have nutrition labels on candy, so I just fit it into my day on my tracker. It fits and I don't "cheat!" Happy Easter!
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    You've been a great encouragement to me, BreakingOut. Your attitude is great and so very real. I think we have concentrated way too much on those times we "cheated" rather than just enjoying little bites, counting them, and going on. It is amazing how so many of those labels do have nutrition information and those calories can be counted like any others. For years I've jumped on restrictive dieting bandwagons, gloating when successful then giving up after one little "cheat". You're right. We're not cheating as long as we're mindful and intentional about what we choose to eat each day. Thanks for your blog entry. emoticon
    2196 days ago
    I love your attitude! I soooooooooo agree with you. I feel like I have finally "got it"....I need a new lifestyle, not a new diet. I think we'll have fun trading tips....and grandma stories!! emoticon
    2244 days ago
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