Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Down 2 lbs this week, so I'm just 2 more away from the 50 lb mark. I am quite pleased with how the past week went. We had some out of town company and celebrations which meant some extra meal out, but I managed to keep my meals under control and was still able to lose weight. Slowly but surely I am starting to learn how to eat in the real world in a manner that is going to help me to keep the weight off once it has gone.
My Doctor will be please when I see him in July, probably even happier that I took his advice to lose weight. As I've mentioned before, I am eating fewer calories than Spark suggests because my Doctor put me on 1800 calories a day. I've adjusted to that quite nicely now and finding it is enough food. I did set an initial goal weight when started this journey but I've come to the conclusion that I'm just going to stick with 1800 calories a day, and work toward getting more exercise, and I'll go to whatever weight I get to. My Doctor said he will be happy if I get to 250lbs, but I'll just plug along and let my body decide where it wants to be. Rather than an arbitrary goal weight I'll just follow my program and see where I end up. No matter where that is it will certainly be a major improvement over 325lbs. I just don't want to get hung up on numbers because that is all they really are, just numbers. I just want to feel good, and I'm already feeling so much better, and I know I will feel even better as the scale continues to drop, but I'm not going to starve myself just to get to some number. I'm eating healthier than I have in a long time, and exercising more, and plan on adding more exercise. As the weight comes off it simply gets easier to move so that will be my future area to concentrate on.
I've spent a lot of my life beating myself up over my weight and I'm just tired of it. I've starved myself down to 170's and literally had to eat nothing but salads to stay there, and I won't do that to myself again. This time my body is going to decide where it wants to be and that is where I'll take it, and I'm not going to get down on myself if it isn't as low on the scale as I originally planned. For all I know following this lifestyle will take me lower than my original goal weight, but I guess the point I'm trying to make is that even as far as I've come I've made major improvements to my life and my health. So no more waiting to celebrate my success when the scale says it's ok, rather I am celebrating now at how much I have already achieved, and excited to see how much more I am going to achieve. I'm not going to put my life on hold until the scale says it's ok to live, I'm going to enjoy life now, and enjoy the body I have and the body I'm going to have.
So I hope you'll join me in my movement to no longer put life on hold until the scale reaches a certain number. Now is the time to celebrate your body and the achievements you are making with Sparkpeople. Now is the time to live your life to the fullest that you can, and as your body allows you to do more, you can do more. So let's just all stop beating ourselves up and realize that weight is just a number, much like age. It's doesn't matter what the number is, what matters is how you feel, and right now I Feel Marvelous!