When I started losing weight, I had a HUGE goal to shoot for. I got on board and in 15 months, lost 65#. I couldn't ((WAIT!)) to get "there".
Now, here I am a year later after arriving at "there" & I have to say, I feel awesome!
esp maintaining for a year.
I knew it would take a lifestyle change to maintain my loss. For awhile the results in my weight loss progress kept me going...celebrating every milestone, inches lost, and pound kicked to the curb.
Now I have to find other ways to measure my progress, whether it’s focusing on more toned shoulders or shaving a minute off my mile time. . .
I have to say that this journey has been such a great time to redefine myself . . . .these past 2 years, I have evolved into a balanced woman with more confidence, a very colorful identity( for those who truly know me )
, and a passion for embracing a healthy lifestyle.
Even though I don't have a scale goal anymore or inches goals, I still have the following habits:
I reward myself when I make progress in any lifestyle area.
I still share my progress with others and have an antenna out to inspire those who are interested in a lifestyle change.
I stay steady with my fitness fun...::usually 6 days/week either running or at the gym. Fitness evolved into being FUN!
I remind myself as often as needed what my true, best and natural weight is. . . .staying away from fads. ( strong is MY skinny )
Right now, I find myself
a few pounds.
Sometimes it just happens, . . .for me it's been nursing 2 children sick, my youngest son had a sports accident that ended up in the ER, DH working late, etc.....all of these are common domestic challenges.... & trying to find time for the gym, a run and just keeping healthy meals coming can be a TALL order for the MOM during these times.
No sweat! I know just what to do. LOL! That's what I love the most about "who" I am today vs. who I was 2 years ago - i KNOW what to do and I'm not obsessed because my weight is a bit off. I have resources, information, direction, inspiration & experience. You might say, I'm armed.
And what better time to be focused than right now as the "food" holidays are approaching. . .
With the domestic challenges behind me, I have carved out time at the gym this week to Circuit Train, run and simply snatch lots of cardio "ME" time. It has been exhilarating. . .so great to be back in a nice routine. It's a good thing that I am resilient....bouncing back is a young mother's best friend.
Now, I am not fooled -stuff will indeed arise again, I have no doubt. That's just life, but I hope to roll with it and continue to thrive.
Onward and Forward! We are looking forward to the lovely holidays, and the fellowship with family that remains golden.
My motto is: Major on fellowship; minor on food.