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Day 1 - Rearranged furniture to rearrange my mind

Saturday, February 09, 2013

I feel like this is the start of a new phase of my journey. I have a goal of losing 100 lb in one year, so this will be my official start date. As of right now, I have lost over 50 lb and maintained it for over a year. Now it is time to recommit, refocus, and move further towards my long-term goal. I am currently 6'1" and 371.8 lb... By Feb 9, 2014 I aim to be 271.8. Even if I don't quite make it, I will come close and I will definitely break that 299 barrier for the first time in my adult life.

As part of getting back "on track," I've decided to be optimistic -- squelching negative thoughts and replacing them with conscious positivity. I am a firm believer that we create our own happiness.

I am trying to appreciate the small things... like being able to set a cozy table in front of the fish tank... and being able to afford healthy foods and having the ability and time to prepare them. Like sharing a meal with the one I love.

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Today I made vegan, gluten-free lasagna! I'm doing an experiment this week whereby I am eliminating all dairy to see if I feel any better. I have a suspicion that I might be allergic or at least sensitive to milk protein. For the ricotta substitute, I used pureed great northern beans and tofu. It actually turned out great :)

I am giving myself credit for each healthy decision I make. I know this is not going to happen all at once, so the familiar all-or-nothing mindset needs to hit the road... I will gain the most strength by focusing on my positive choices and forgiving myself for the not-so-stellar ones.

One more healthy choice to add to my list: I am going to go take a walk! Today has been quite successful, nutrition and fitness-wise... so I am grateful for my wherewithal and resilience... for being able to experience a pretty nasty setback in my weight-loss journey and to turn it around completely, and just let go of the negativity.

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