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Non-scale victories to date and a few reflections on my journey

Monday, April 29, 2013

1) I've gone from a size 14 to a size 10. I can squeeze into 8's but I'm not quite there.
2) I brought my BMI from 29.3 (almost obese) to just above the healthy range (25.2).
3) I look forward to my walks/runs.
4) I have a lot more energy and fewer aches and pains. The arthritis in my hands (which don't get much exercise compared to my legs) is pretty much GONE!
5) Healthy foods appeal to me a lot more and I crave them sometimes.
6) I am using the belt I was wearing when I got married (2008) and had to get rid of the one I was wearing because it is too big.
7) I started running...that's a HUGE one for me...never thought that would happen...EVER! I am planning on running my first 5K by this fall.
8) My waist hip ratio has gone from 0.9 (apple shape, higher risk) to 0.84 (avocado shape, moderate risk)
9) I've lost 12.75 inches total! (4.25 waist; 2 hips, 2 thigh, 1.25 upper arm, 1.5 calf, 0.25 neck, 1.5 chest)
10) I've brought my resting heart rate down from the low 80's, upper 70's to the mid 60's.
11) I do not become out of breath with a flight or two of stairs...it takes sprinting up 3 or more flights for me to even feel it.
12) Dining out is not as big of a challenge for me as it was when I started. I frequently make healthy choices when dining out and I try to budget my calories to allow for splurge items a few times per month.
13) Something in my thinking has changed...I think I can be a successful maintainer this time. I "get" the "healthy lifestyle" vs "diet" difference. I try not to even use the word "diet" anymore. I make decisions everyday about how I want to live, how I want to feel, and how I want to look, for the rest of my life.

I do this without feeling deprived MOST of the time. I eat between 1300 and 1800 calories per day, depending upon how much activity I get during the day. I aim for a 500 calorie deficit per day. In reality, it's closer to 350 calorie deficit per day...some days I have a greater deficit, some days I go over what I burned substantially...and that's ok, as long as I am heading in the right direction.

I lose my motivation from time to time, but I know that if I stick it out, keep plugging away, that it will come back. I read other people's blogs to help keep me inspired. Both the negative and positive blogs help in different ways. The positive ones inspire me to be better, to achieve more, to set higher and higher goals. The ones where people share their struggles make me feel like part of this community. I see parts of myself in them.

Overall, I am pleased with my progress. Could I have gotten here sooner?...No doubt. Would I have stuck with it long enough to get here?...Maybe. For me, the winding road works best...I stop and enjoy myself along the way...not too strict about getting to a certain place by a certain time...and not so lax that I just go around in circles. I DO know that it would not have been as easy without all of you. My spark friends and the spark community in general have given me the support that helps me make the right decisions, not feel horrible about the less than stellar ones, and the inspiration to do things I never thought I would do...like running, and eventually my first 5K. My heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you. You DO make a difference.
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    Woo-hoo for you! Sounds like you are doing great! How satisfying for you to see the changes, and feel like you can keep it up for the long-haul!

    You have also made a difference to other Sparkers! I often see your positive comments and wisdom on my Friend Feed, and appreciate the encouragement you have given me!

    Hope you are enjoying your fishing trip! Sounds marvelous!
    1851 days ago
    Congrats! All of your hard work has paid off. You should feel so proud of yourself. emoticon
    1852 days ago
    You should be so proud of yourself for all you have accomplished. It isn't easy to change your life and you are doing great! Keep up the great work and enjoy life. emoticon emoticon
    1853 days ago
    So many victories!!!! emoticon

    What a great way to acknowledge all your hard work and attitude change.

    1853 days ago
    Wonderful! emoticon Congratulations!

    What a great, great blog. emoticon
    1853 days ago
    I love it! Congrats on all of your non-scale victories as well. Looks like we are both doing great so far with this lifestyle change! You are absolutely right in that reading other people's blogs serve as both encouragement and reminders. Sounds like you are definitely on the path to success! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    These are great accomplishments!
    1854 days ago
    You have such a great attitude and have accomplished so much!! Congratulations on you r victories!!!
    1854 days ago
    How fabulous! Mega-congrats!
    1854 days ago
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