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Happy Weight

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Happy weight verses what the numbers say. That is a hard one to wrap your head around. So many of us walk around with a particular preset notion in our heads.
What is this notion based on? What other people think? What magazines, tv, social media, and people around us think the perfect look is? We are so swayed by outside influences.
When I first began my journey I joined the gym. At that point in time I was in my mid fifties. I had a pretty large chunk of weight to lose. The gym offered a personal trainer for three months for a pretty low price. I decided to give it a shot. I went through three trainers. Here is what I learned. Most of my trainers were in their thirties. I actually hurt myself trying to do some fitness moves in the very beginning. I learned that many of these trainers though good at what they do had no concept of what was necessary to get an aging out of shape body going in the right direction. I actually reminded one of the trainers of my age and she said "so". That was when I realized that some of this was quite unreasonable, at least for me.
I decided to do research and to only pick fitness that I knew I would love and be able to continue for many years to come.
That was when I discovered yoga. I typically do not like exercise. But yoga didn't feel like exercise. It was a non judgmental environment. I also found it was instant gratification. I could actually feel changes occurring in my ability during a practice. Each week got a little easier and more pleasurable. Within one year the weight literally began to fall off. During that year I began to practice at home on a daily basis in addition to the yoga at the gym.
That was between January 2015 and January 2016.
I maintained for the year 2017 and most of 2018. However during 2018 a few pounds crept back on. I started the Premium Coaching program. That program got me back on track with my clean eating which of course was part of the problem, I had been doing some deviating.
Then it moved on to more fitness. I am now doing some form of fitness every day. What works for me is to do it at home. Some may find going to a gym makes them accountable. Whatever works. Just get moving. Pick something you know you will enjoy and stick to. Also pick something you can see yourself doing well into the future.
So now I am within a few pounds of being back where I was. I am thinking hard about numbers and happy weight.
I don't know where it will lead me for sure. But I do know this. Wherever I land it will remain in the happy zone!
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    For me too, some form of movement (that I ENJOY) every day is really key -- not so much for weight management but for MIND management. Plus strength, flexibility, toning, cardio . . . all the good stuff that makes us feel happy.
    146 days ago
  • OLA165
    Thank you for sharing this I have been thinking about using a trainer. However, I have always enjoyed working out at home. I will give it more thought.
    261 days ago
    Really appreciated hearing about your experience, Pam. Thanks for sharing it.

    Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon
    262 days ago
    Good for you Pam. My daily discipline of Yoga and healthy eating, as well as trusting myself as to what I do, keeps me happy too! I visualize myself doing Yoga as long as I live. It has been one key answer for my happy mind, body and spirit. Congratulations on your successful Fall 5% challenge! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    262 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    Perhaps I should try yoga, thanks for the inspiration............... I glad that you're doing good! emoticon
    262 days ago
  • MAWMAW101
    Wonderful blog Pam!
    I think we sometimes believe if we can’t do jumping jacks or run 5 miles that it isn’t enough.
    At this point I set the timer for 40 minutes and just keep moving. Sometimes it’s treadmill walking, sometimes finding things that make me use the stairs, or just doing laundry or sweeping and mopping!
    For me at my age, whatever I do is a plus.
    On a good day I reset that timer later and go again! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    262 days ago
    262 days ago
    Great story!
    262 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    So true. Getting to our "happy weight" seems to be a function of many things and it probably isn't just one number...likely a lot of things go into us feeling that we are at a happy weight.
    262 days ago
    Glad that you were smart enough not to push too hard and injure yourself! I love yoga also. I used to go twice a week. Then I had 2 serious head injuries and had to stop. I should start again. Thanks!
    262 days ago
  • CINDY247
    I agree & I can relate My # is evidently not my bodies "happy weight" # so I am trying to be happy with my "happy weight" And knowing that I am no longer overweight is more important to me than what the scale "says"! Thanks for sharing!
    262 days ago
  • no profile photo ROSSYFLOSSY
    Great attitude! 😊👍💪
    262 days ago
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