Sunday, January 20, 2013

I've finally hit my goal. What a year.

What a last 6 weeks...after an operation, I was forced to be sedentary for nearly 4 of them. I was pretty worried about that, about getting complacent and saying "oh well...close enough". But I kept at it here on Sparks, inspired by so many people here who are trying to lose 5-10 lbs and they KNOW it is slow going for that final few and keep it up for months at a time. How do they do it? I didn't think I could, but now I know...I just keep doing what I did before...track, moderate, be smart, enjoy the treats when they come, plan.

Frankly, I've been so afraid of "maintenance"...I still am, but not as much now that I'm here. That bad voice in my head - "Maintenance = slip into old bad habits and put on all the weight again"...well, now it is being replaced by "Maintenance = doing what I've been doing for the last 9 months, with just a few calories more". And you know what? I'm good with that! I don't feel like I'm depriving myself...I eat pretty much what I is just what I want has actually changed! Whooda-thunk-it?

Of course, this is today, this is now...fact is, my body is capable of being over-weight, and 'dats a fact. I can't forget that, it is my reality.

But I faced my biggest fear - that post-operation and the lessening of activity (and change in routine) that naturally comes with Canadian winter would throw me off the rails. Well, I nuked that! Less walking, no jogging, no rollerblading - it has been replaced by 4 days of ball hockey and near-daily Nike+ Kinect workouts. And boy, is that Nike+ program awesome or what?!? I can SEE and FEEL the difference in my body. Without a lie, in 10 weeks with that program, I am now the physically fittest I've ever been in my 40! I've been in shape before, but never had my strength and core this toned - never this well-rounded. I've seen many versions of me in the mirror, but never this one.

And I've made SparkPeople a satisfying and fun part of my daily routine - getting inspiration from blogs, reading the tips and the forums, learning, getting new cooking ideas. Seeing my wife and a close friend make the most out of it here and feeling energized by their determination.

This date last year - 240lbs. Today, 150. Ya, what a difference a year makes.

Thanks for reading, whoever you may be.

(P.S. - also this year, was featured in the Toronto Star for weight loss:
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    Oh, and you look awesome. What an inspiration.
    1807 days ago
    I remember responding to a message you posted on the boards when you were frustrated with that last 15 pounds. I envied you because you had lost that much weight, and you only had 15 pounds to go. I am there!!! I too have had to deal with injuries and a closed pool. It was scary. And it was tempting to say, "Good enough. My doctors are happy. Why shouldn't I be?"

    I'm going for it. The final 15 are going down. The pool is fixed. My ribs are healed. I have a pesky heel spur that's about 85% healed. I just can't seem to finish it off.

    Today is mowing day.....with a push mower and a big yard. Love that calorie burn.

    Hope life is treating you well.

    1807 days ago
  • JOHGLO2011
    What a great blog and very encouraging too! I am one of those that is taking what seems like FOREVER to lose those last 10 - 12 lbs. But I keep trying because I feel so much better now, more energy, more flexability, and better overall health! Look better in my clothes too! :) Keep up the great work!
    1959 days ago
  • NHES220
    Congratulations, what a great accomplishment! I am just starting, my sister turned me onto SparkPeople and I started right after Christmas. It is stories like yours that keep me motivated. Thanks for sharing and good luck with maintenance - you can do it!
    1962 days ago
    Very great job!!! Very proud of you and thanks for sharing your story. I'm at the beginning of the road you just walked, I hope to meet you there!!! Keep up the good spirits and keep it up!!!!
    1980 days ago
    emoticon This is so emoticon .
    Facing your fears and conquering them! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Keep up the good work!
    1980 days ago
  • RUSSELL1960
    Congratulations and thanks for sharing. ├Łour accomplishment is inspiring for those of us who are not there yet but will be.
    1981 days ago
    Wow you are famous!!! How cool to be at 150, take time to enjoy it.
    Isn't it amazing how much you have learnt to get here, shared with others and grown as a person?

    Sounds like you are making a good recovery, really happy for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1981 days ago
    Congratulations! This is incredible. That's a fantastic article about you as well. You have all the right attitudes, and you know you're capable of continuing to be fit and healthy. Good work!
    1981 days ago
    Congratulations! Good luck on your maintenance path. There is a maintenance group on Sparkpeople.
    1981 days ago
    Inspiring, thanks for sharing from a fellow Canadian, eh!!
    1981 days ago
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