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Big Changes and Staying Motivated

Friday, February 01, 2013

Not long after my last blog entry I lost my Grandmother. She had been my rock through the loss of my mother the year before and during my weight loss journey. She passed on July 17, 2012 six days after her doctor diagnosed her with pancreatic cancer. After the shock wore off from that I started gaining back the weight I had lost. I had been so close to my goal weight but stress eating and alcohol had added back twelve pounds in 3 months.

On November 29th, 2012 I quit smoking cold turkey. That was the first step in gaining control back of my health and my life. It was the one think my Mom and Grandma wanted me to do more than anything, and I finally wanted it for myself too. :) The first few weeks were challenging because I wanted to eat everything. I only gained a few more pounds, but I feel it's really messed with my metabolism.

Last year when I started Spark and managing my calories and working out the weight just melted off. I was surprised how quickly my body started changing. This year is different. It's only a month in but I've only lost 2 pounds. Last year at this time I'd lost 8.

I was getting frustrated. Until today. Today was my monthly measurements day. The scale may not be reflecting my efforts, but my body shape is. :) Even at my lowest weight last year my waist wasn't as small as it is right now. That measuring tape gave me the motivation I was looking for that I'm doing the right things. The weight loss might not be as fast as last year, but my body is still responding just in a different way.

Last week I started the Couch to 5K. Which still just blows my mind. I'm a mild asthmatic. It was more severe when I was a kid, but as an adult it seems to be just exercise induced. Today was Day 1 of Week 2. That's 90 seconds of jogging and then 2 minutes of walking. I couldn't believe it last week when I did 60 seconds, and today doing 90 I was down right flabbergasted. I almost started laughing and crying right there in the gym, but I needed to focus on my breathing. I can't wait to see how/if I can improve. It's all very exciting.

My new goal is to Blog more. Calling my Grandma every week last year to report on my progress seemed to really help and that's something I'm lacking this year. I really want that scale to move, but in the meantime I'll just keep focusing on my other goals. It's easier to stay positive that way and positivity is important.

Until next time...

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