I did it! Hit the 40 pound mark!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I have not blogged more regularly because I joined the Biggest Loser 23 Fall Challenge, which is keeping me super busy!

I've been making really, really good progress. Since October 1, I've lost 7.5 pounds. The friendly competition among teams and the support & camaraderie of my team has really helped me stay on track. And as we all know, CONSISTENCY is the key! It's what's been missing from my efforts for a long time.

I have a calendar that hangs in my walk-in closet. On it I record my daily weight, the calories I've consumed, and the workouts I've done. I've done this for years. A 3x5 index card hangs from the bottom of that calendar. Year in and year out it's stuck there, getting peeled off in December and getting re-stuck on the new calendar each January 1. Here it is:

You see, from the very beginning of this journey, in 2009 at 184 pounds it was my goal to weigh 144. In the past this number was a good weight for me. I was happy at 144. I was strong, wore size 10s and looked good at 144. I could maintain 144. So that's always been what I figured was an ideal weight for me. For years, 144 seemed like a million miles away.

But here I am! At a weight I thought would stay a dream. It seems like a miracle.

I know I am not finished at 144. I still am at an "overweight" BMI, and like many of you, I will probably never be "finished" -- I hope I always have a goal in front of me. I will continue to work out, make strides to improve my diet, challenge myself physically and whittle off more pounds. But I'm enjoying the journey and feel that THIS IS POSSIBLE for the first time in a LONG time.

This week one of our challenges was to find a mantra to use for the week. I want to share mine with you:

So today, I want to thank all of my Steely Sapphire Soldier Sisters, and all of my Sparkfriends. I appreciate all of you from the bottom of my heart. You had faith in me long after I'd given up faith in myself. We are a community, and when one wins, we all win!

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