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Summer 5% Challenge Weigh In

Sunday, June 28, 2015

It's hard looking back sometimes. Especially if what you're looking back at seems better than the current reality. I look back at 2014 blogs, with scale pics showing less than 200 lbs, and can't help but wonder: what went wrong? Why did I let it slip to return once more to where I am again...uncomfortable? No need for Columbo or Poirot to figure this one out? While exercise has been fairly consistent I know that I've been eating Horribly. Yes, it deserves a capital H. For example last night I watched Black Sea and 21 Jump Street (Finally) and it's amazing how much junk food I consumed in just a few hours. But that's my point and one of my resolutions this challenge: post everything I eat. For the next 8 weeks be more mindful and post it all, the good the bad and hopefully way less of the ugly. Going for a bike ride shortly but it will be posted.

Another goal this challenge is to be more active in team challenges. Not only doing the work but posting those points so that they help Team Starfish reach those virtual locales sooner.

While tracking and participation have helped in the past I also know that there's some deeper work to do. In doing a wellness program at work they pointed out that one reason many are overweight is because they fear being uncomfortable. Food is comforting so it's only natural that we gravitate towards it but apparently any measure of success comes from our ability to step away from what we know and being vulnerable enough to be...uncomfortable. And while I'm still working the program I know there's truth in these words. When I was lighter there would be nights I didn't eat before bed and trust me sometimes it was anything but comfortable. So much so that sometimes, not often, hunger would wake me. However upon waking in the morning I was always surprised that I was not only not hungry but that I had tons of energy. Energy for the hunt for food? Who knows but it was reassuring to know that by consistently creating an uncomfortable environment I was able to make progress.

Lastly for this Summer Challenge I will post a weigh in pic and tape measurements every Saturday. To keep me honest and to see the victories beyond the scale.

Waist - 45 in.
Hips - 46.75
Thighs L/R - 28.75/28.75
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