Slow and Steady

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I was off of Spark People - and off track - for years. I decided to come back and renew my commitments to being healthy about three months ago.

I came back with another child, ten pounds more than when I had started Spark People the first time, and with far more severe back problems.

I am being less intense this time. I am losing a pound most weeks, and a few times, I have stayed the same. So, no gains. And also no dramatic 3 or 4 pound losses in a week.

I think that's probably good.

I'm trying to go slowly and track goals that I feel confident I can sustain for years and years.

Honestly, this slow progress isn't always that exciting or motivating.

I'm trying to have a good attitude on the weeks when I stay the same. I try to see the big picture, and recognize that if that is a "bad" week then I have a lot to feel proud of, because there is no damage to undo.

But when I got on the scale this morning and saw that I had lost a pound and a half, I felt so much better!

Right now, I am trying to honor that feeling and use it for momentum without getting all carried away and trying to make sweeping changes that I'm not ready to commit to long term.

My husband and I are celebrating our ten year wedding anniversary next month, and we're having a ceremony to renew our vows. It is very tempting to try to dramatically reduce my calorie intake or do crazy yo-yo-like stuff.

This blog is my reminder that I can be extra mindful and reduce my portion size if I feel full. But I don't need to race toward anything.

I have a dress that fits nicely right now. If I didn't lose a pound in the next month, that would be just fine.

I have lost a little over ten pounds that I know I can keep off.

I have walked a total of more than 25 miles.

I have started a modern dance class and kept up with it - despite often feeling like a clumsy hippo.

I am doing yoga every week and I can feel my core muscles getting stronger.

Even better than any of this (but certainly connected to all of this) . . . I know my back is getting better.

Slow and steady wins the race.

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    A great plan. Certainly believe that slow and steady is the way. You are on your way.
    2170 days ago
    Thank you all! :) I appreciate your encouragement.

    And I don't think anyone has ever called me zen-like before! ;) That is all kinds of awesome.
    2178 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Welcome to SparkPeople. We are all here for the same reason, no matter what our personal story is. We are here to help each other to get to that healthy point we want to be in our lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is attainable. I have found that changing things up is the way to start weight loss. Make small goals and they will lead to big successes. Welcome and get active on this site. Read the articles on SP for new eating habits. One thing that I learned that has helped me immensely is to slow down my eating. If you eat slower, you eat less. I am told the mind takes 20 minutes to know that the stomach is full. So educate yourself on some simple changes you can make and watch the lbs go away! emoticon
    2178 days ago
  • JSPIN74
    2179 days ago
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    Girl, you are so right, slow and steady will win the race. Recognizing that your changes are sustainable and valuing that over a dramatic quick result is very zen emoticon . You sound as if you have your head on straight. I applaud your efforts and wish you a happy early anniversary!
    2179 days ago
  • no profile photo LAKE1957
    emoticon So true so true. Slow and steady not only wins the race but it is safer and lets your body adjust to the changes. I hope the exercises you are doing are strengthening your back muscles. That would bring even more relief. Keep up with the goals you are pursuing. Great job.
    2179 days ago
    Thanks! :)

    2179 days ago
    Exactly! emoticon One step, one day, at a time! emoticon

    2179 days ago
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