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Starting over. Again.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Just because I am good at something doesn't mean I have to keep doing it.

I have a pretty good record of successfully losing weight. I've done it LOTS of times over the last 20-something years. My ideal range is 25-30lbs. My personal best? 40lbs in 6 months and keeping it off for 4 more months. Over the years I've donated zillions of clothes in a range of sizes to thrift stores across 2 continents. My library is full of healthy cookbooks. I have cans of protein powders stacked up in my pantry. I can quote the mantra off weight loss, "eat less, move more", upside down and backwards in a couple of languages. The art and science of weight loss? I got it down pat.

Unfortunately, I'm even better at gaining weight. I'm back within a few pounds of my top weight and pretty fed up with myself (no pun intended.) Here's what I want to do: Do what I'm good at, losing weight, and then be an expert at living a healthy life that is reflected in a lean physique and laughter filled lifestyle. I want to seriously suck at gaining weight.

What do I have going for me now that I didn't have last time?
1. No more work/life balance issues - I have time to dedicate for regular exercise and creative outlets to fill the emotional holes that food used to.
2. We're in our "Forever House" No more pcs-ing means no more geographic disruptions to throw me off.
3. Family and Friends are working on diet/fitness lifestyles.
4. Great gym.
5. Family counselor

Bottom Line: Stability and easily accessible emotional support.

Goal: 145lbs by 1 Jan 2014

Phase 1: Weight Loss
Phase 2: Monthly Maintenance
Maintain weight range of 145-150lbs
Phase 3: Annual Fitness goals
Competitive activities
Play/coach water polo

Personal Affirmation: I am a lean, strong beautiful woman who loves to dance, laugh and run.

Starting weight: 174.8lbs

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Wow, you're truly focused here! Job well done in assessing the problem and outlining a plan to overcome it.

    I suspect you already know diets don't work, but if you need reinforcement, SP has tons of articles on how to focus on changing your mental picture so that you make the food/exercise habits last for the rest of your life. You might want to check out some of those.

    Best of success to you every step and every bite of your journey.
    1718 days ago
    It sounds like you are in a perfect place in your life to reach your goals. The only problem I see is you're dieting instead of making life changes. To not gain the weight back try to loose slowly, making small changes you can stick with from now on. It's great that others around you are working on this too. I know you'll be successful. emoticon
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