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The Power of This Week's Intention

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Wow! Amazing what Getting Serious can do.

February 28th, nine weeks ago, I hit my heaviest weight ever: 118 lbs/53.5 kg. For some, I realize that would be a dream weight, but for me--a very small-boned 5'0"/152 cm, that is round, and quite uncomfortable--bursting out of my pants.

I've watched many women in my life get out of shape and much heavier as they age, and listened to their complaints about the way they look and their aches and pains. I decided a long time ago that I wanted to grow into a healthy, inspiring old lady, but I wasn't doing a single thing to becoming her! In fact, I was passively turning into someone I didn't want to be.

In the first few weeks of "trying to lose weight" I dropped down to around 114 and then got stuck. In the midst of that, my dear friend (who lost 50 lbs on SP!) introduced me to this wonderful community. Here, I set two goals... both out of my comfort zone... ones I wasn't sure I could reach, but really wanted to: a goal-weight of 110 (haven't been lower than 113 in many years), and getting in good enough shape to complete a 5k run.

Four and a half weeks ago I started the 5k Your Way Rookie Running Training Program. Today, the race I signed up for is 31 days away, and with the help of this program, the support of a few new SP friends, and my wonderful Accountability Partner, I *KNOW* I will run across that finish line. Not panting across it in nearly-last place, but in the middle of the pack of strong, happy runners.

The beginning of April, I joined the "Calling All Canadians" Team Challenge, tracking our Daily Calorie Differential. Keeping the calories IN lower than calories OUT each day really helped keep me focused on what I was putting in my mouth.

Last week's weigh-in was STILL 114, so I Got Serious and made my weight-loss goal real. My screensaver now scrolls "I Feel Great At 110!"which helps me visualize myself there every time it pops up. Although I know that low-carb works for me, I really put it into practice this week by re-setting the SP daily goals for grams of Fat, Carbs, and Proteins, and worked toward meeting them. Every Day.

And this morning, ten days before our Mother's Day family-photo date, I have only one and a half pounds to lose! That's right! Incredibly, from 114 last Thursday, this morning the scale said 111.5!! (I hopped on and off it a few times, just to be sure.)

Thank you, SP friends, for your support, and to the SP site, teams, and entire community: With your help, this lady is practicing being the person she wants to be for the rest of her life. Woohooo! What a fabulous Spring!

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    I'm just starting out and you're inspiring me to join a challenge as well. emoticon
    1843 days ago
    "I Got Serious and made my weight-loss goal real" - it worked!
    1847 days ago
  • JOHGLO2011
    So happy for you as you are realizing your goals come true! All that hard work is well worth the feeling of accomplishment that you now have! Best Wishes! emoticon
    1848 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Oh my gosh... the hopping on and off the scale...
    I do that too... it's so funny - do we actually think the scale's gonna go... "Nah, just kidding!"

    Congratulations on your hard work and training!
    1848 days ago
    Congratulations! That's wonderful news, and so inspiring!

    1848 days ago
    I'm so happy for you! Congratulations on getting so close to your goal, and I hope that the upcoming photo and the race are moments of glory for you.


    1848 days ago
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