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This Time is Different

Sunday, February 03, 2019

About 10 years ago, I finished the process of losing 115 pounds. It was a long, tough journey but I did it. Fast forward a decade and I have gained back 30 of those pounds. I'm not at all thrilled about that, but given my history, I am pretty proud of the 85 pounds that I kept off.

That 30 pounds didn't just jump right back on. I had really changed and learned a lot during the weight loss process. I had learned to like exercise for the first time in my life so my workouts continued. I had also kicked a pretty bad sugar addiction, which has never returned. I also came to enjoy healthy food. Each of those things has helped me to not put the rest of the weight back on.

Still 30 pounds crept on a little at a time while life was happening. There were times when I would try various diets but nothing lasted for long. Then came December, 2018. Frustrated with my repeated failed attempts, I sat down and asked myself why I could lose 115 pounds and couldn't lose this 30. I realized that I had lost the weight initially with a commitment to serious exercise and counting calories and that my exercise had become pretty routine and basic and that I NEVER counted anything (at least for long). Right then, I committed to changing my ways and going back to my tried and true method. That, along with a serious focus on my mindset, has changed everything.

I began on January 1st (of course I know the cliche of that date) and dropped 10 pounds that month. In addition to pushing myself physically with both my cardio and ST and counting every bite I take, I work daily on my attitude. I didn't lose 115 pounds overnight and I won't lose 30 pounds overnight, either. There will be easy days and hard days. There will be weeks where I will love the scale and weeks where I will hate it, but if I stick with it, I will lose the weight. I am remaining focused on the big picture and will not allow myself to get hung up on the little stuff. A year from now I will celebrate the progress I have made and will not be bemoaning that I quit again. I am in this for life!
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