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It's not a diet

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I use the phrase healthy lifestyle journey almost all the time as opposed to "diet", but I fear that even though I understand the difference mentally, I use the phrase more euphemistically than realistically. Today's motivational quote underlines that for me.
I'm sort of hung up here today not necessarily for bad reasons, but because I'm feeling competitive with myself which is good to a point. I want to successfully complete my weight loss journey, BUT the last time I did this I had to stop tracking because I lost too much and couldn't figure out how to control the loss without stopping tracking and then the overdoing crept in over time. I had a really good week. I lost 3 pounds (last week I didn't lose any so I don't think that's quite as dramatic as it appears), but what I feel even better about is the loss of inches on my thighs and calves which I measured for the first time in a month emoticon . My BLC23 goal is very doable - I set a 10 pound weight loss goal and am halfway there which added to my 7+pounds lost with 5% challenge this summer gets me into a much better range for me. My thought is to do another round of BLC to then lose a bit more and then figure out how to maintain. That being said this is not a diet it is a lifestyle and somehow last time I didn't maintain the lifestyle - I went back to old habits (and not so good ones at that) emoticon And I'm thinking that in order for this to be a lifestyle change instead of a diet that I need balance. I've already committed to a strength day of rest today - still have aikido and will probably do some reward cardio (that's to get through the dreaded ironing pile), but my muscles need a recovery day - that's hard for me to say, because I sort of end up all or nothing and when it comes to muscley muscles I've neglected them until this month (combination of BLC23 TNT and the Betty Rocker Roctober challenge) - now I need to add consistency each week - TNT will definitely help, but I need reminded planks are my friend (well I need some upper body work consistently) and squats are my friend (I've been feeling those quads working which is good - they need ongoing consistent work apart from cardio stuff - actions that make them stronger) and back core muscles - well they've never been happy - they need to be brought into line which will take time. Well, at least I'm thinking and pondering (maybe encouraging others to think and ponder too) and hopefully developing a sort of mental plan, which makes me think - the new start page - will take some getting used to, emoticon BUT, that goal piece on it is probably really good emoticon BUT that means I have to name my goals emoticon - aaaack.
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  • RUTHIET_456
    You are dong fantastic. One step at a time will get you to where you want to be. Def a lifestyle change is necessary for maintaining. Being on a team for accountability, BLC or not, might keep you grounded. I believe there is a Spark team for folks who are in maintenance mode. You are awesome! Congrats!
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    1645 days ago
    Congrats on your awesome loss! 3# (even in two weeks) is emoticon

    Love your thought processes. Seems like you are addressing those things you know will arise in the future. You are laying a great groundwork for success!
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