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Focus, Focus, Focus

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Focus--that's what I have to keep reminding myself these days. Staying focused.

I posted some updated pix on my facebook account and am basking in the congratulations and accolades. Some of my friends are trying to find out how I lost nearly 50 pounds and how I did it so "fast." (Fast??--as IF, LOL). Anyway. I admit I'm enjoying the attention.

Now comes the hard part. Keeping my eye on the prize--a healthy BMI. I'm at a 27 now and I need to get to under 25 (14 pounds away), and my goal weight (18 pounds away). Also, I still have chub around my apple-shaped middle, which is a proven risk factor for diabetes.

I got my body fat tested at a local health fair and it determined that at 5'7" my lean body mass is 115 pounds. For me to be at 18 to 25% fat, I need to weigh between 142 and 156. I've set my goal weight within this range and am giving myself six months to get there.

Why six months? Well, starting with Halloween is a gauntlet of holidays and mini vacations. I struggle to stay on track when my days lack structure, so I'm realistic about my ability to restrict my eating under such circumstances. Plus, after 10 months, I'm not sure how motivated I am to eat 1,200 calories a day so I can lose at a faster rate. Obviously, plateaus drive me crazy so I reserve the right to change my mind on this one.

I have four pounds left to lose this calendar year. Then, I go into maintenance mode until 2013. January will mark one full year of consistency on SP. One year of logging in 90% of the time, tracking my food and exercise and blogging. Hopefully by then, I'll be motivated to lose the last 14 pounds and reach my goal.

In the meantime, I'm fighting to keep myself from slacking off simply because the pain of overweight is largely gone. Maybe I should go somewhere and buy a bikini swimsuit to bring the pain back?? Maybe I should look at those lab tests from January that revealed my pre-diabetic condition?? Something, anything to help me stay focused.

I do plan to run my virtual 5K race this weekend. Maybe if I continue to set fitness goals, I can keep pushing forward.
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    You are on the right track, you know what you need to do & know that with the holidays, things are harder. I wrote down my goals of 2 pounds a week & left the few weeks in between staying the same. They say writing it down helps. Good luck - keep focused - you can do it!
    2001 days ago
    I lost my weight quickly, then had to learn to not lose when I got to maintenance. I've often thought that it might have been smarter to lose more slowly, so the transition to maintenance would be easier.

    Then again, maybe it's hard no matter how you do it.
    2002 days ago
  • GR8TAWK-N-2-U
    Staying focused is half the battle, thanks for sharing.
    2002 days ago
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  • KAYE454
    This time of the year is so important to stay on track
    2003 days ago
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