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Motivation? I have some to spare.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

For the first time in months, I'm really, truly motivated. I'm going on a full week of solid eating-within-my-range... even in the bottom of my range! I've lost 3 solid pounds. I'm SO proud of myself. I've been making healthy choices, even getting a little activity in. Not as much as I want to be doing, but regularly.

Today while having tea with friends (real, British tea mind you. Complete with cucumber sandwiches) one of them made a good point. (One of the friends made a good point... not one of the sandwiches.)

I maintained my weight within 3 lbs for 6 months. This definitely wasn't a plateau; I wasn't doing much right for weight loss. I was maintaining.

In so doing I may have actually reset my body's set point. I taught my body that it's okay to be this weight, instead of 211 lbs. That's progress.

So I'm on a downward trend again. My goal is at least 1lb a week from here on out. It's already getting easier to eat at this lowered calorie range; I think my slow decline from the maintenance level I was eating at has let my body adjust naturally.

So, the long of it is that I'm comfortable between 1500-1700 calories. I finally reset my nutrition goals to account for my lowered activity level, and it gave me a range of 1,470 - 1,820. So, I'm right where I need to be!

It's been fun finding healthy ways to feed myself. I've been making an effort to lower my sodium intake, too, and I think that's healthy. I'm going on 3 days now under 3,000. That's progress, considering I've been over 4-5,000 lately. ;)

I think going broke and having no money to eat out is really, really helping my nutritional progress. (I won't call it a diet. I'm NOT on a diet!)

So my goal is going to be to continue to progress on this nutritional intake, and start slowly adding in more exercise. I'm capable of plenty of exercise, I just don't want to catapult myself into overtraining or burnout.

So there we go. I finally have motivation, and I'll fully admit that for all my crowing about my weight not being that important to me, losing 3 lbs in a week has certainly not hurt my confidence one bit. :) And yes, I finally counted that 187, because it stayed for 2 days. ;)
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    1971 days ago

    Being the same weight for six months isn't a setback. As you so rightly pointed out, you've kept the weight off for that time which in turn has allowed your body to adapt to the new weight. Now, that's what I call accentuating the positive !!

    Yeah, it sucks (pardon my French) being broke. but, being on a budget doesn't mean that you can't enjoy yourself. I too have become more creative with my cooking. I may not be eating as many organic products, but I'm still doing my best to make sure I eat nutritiously.

    The fact is, our grand parents and many of our parents made it through the great Depression with a lot less than we have. They did it and so can we !!

    1971 days ago
  • _MOBII_
    Great job!!!!!!!!!!
    1971 days ago
    You know how to do it and what you have been doing wrong. You just haven't been focused or serious about it. I hope this is you finally getting back on track and DOING IT. Keep the faith.
    1971 days ago
  • CLARK971
    1971 days ago
    " I may have actually reset my body's set point".
    I'm on maintenance for almost a year and I have never thought of it like that... That is so true and a great way to see it! Thank you so much for sharing!
    You are doing great!!!
    1971 days ago
  • BILL60
    Keep doing it cause you're on a great roll.
    1971 days ago
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    you are doing great!!! So happy for you.
    1972 days ago
    Every little change does help in your journey! Sometimes slowing the weight loss and focusing on just maintaining is helpful; after all, when you do hit goal weight it has to be maintained long term and if a person can't figure out how to continue the healthy journey long term then the loss is probably not going to stick.

    What can you do to maintain your motivation? It's great you found new motivation, (it seems) in part because of the loss. If you don't see much forward progress for a few weeks, what can you do to keep the motivation? Hopefully the loss will continue, but take stock of how you feel right now and find a way to keep that through everything and you'll do great in the long journey ahead that is your life.
    1972 days ago
  • SAKS20111
    congrats on the 3 lb! amazing work! (loved the clarification sentence on your friend who provides a gd point, didnt make the cucumber sandwich. im having ahmed house of london earl grey at the moment... but with apple, not those proper sandwich... too bad )

    sodium is something i do not add anymore when i do my own booking, since most store bought foods packed in loads already! Also the water retention wasn't fun.

    I like your point on "reset" on setpoint. I never thought it that way. But, hmmm, very interesting. That makes me less anxious about my "setpoint" been set in stone...

    gd luck to you on your journey!! gd job! emoticon
    1972 days ago
    Wonderful progress and insight! Keep up the great wor!?
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    1972 days ago
    That's great pogress! So happy t hear it-keep up the good work :)

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