Thursday, August 19, 2010

Old "Before" Picture

I don't have many "before" pictures, because I avoided cameras like the plague. This picture was taken February 24, 2008, and was not at my highest weight. I don't know what I weighed here, because I was in denial and didn't even own a scale at the time. I do know that those jeans were size 14 and I couldn't wear them when I started this journey in October 2009, because they were too small.

Now I proudly offer this one up as a gauge of my progress. It makes me sad in some ways, but really excited for what I've accomplished. It also motivates me to finish to my goal and stay there.

Here is a picture of me at the beach last month. I like this one much better. =)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Goals and Such

After my last blog entry, I started thinking about goals some more. Where do I go from here? How can I use goals as a tool after I reach my ultimate weight-loss goal, whatever that may be.

So, for now, my weight-loss goal is a "healthy" BMI. That means 6.2 pounds have got to go. I think I can accomplish this by September 30, or at least by my one-year mark of October 19, 2010.

If that is where I want to stay, then I need motivation to stay there. It seems obvious that the motivation is to keep the weight off. Well, as I and millions of other people have learned, that is way easier said than done. This is going to take constant work.

I think one important goal for me is to work towards a 2,000 calorie burn per week from exercise. I usually get that now. I actually probably exceed it slightly if I were to count non-exercise activities like heavy cleaning, etc. The exercise is something that is non-negotiable for maintenance. That is one reason I haven't gone nuts with the exercise to lose the weight. I have been doing what I'm willing to do the rest of my life. I can't expect to hit the magic weight number and then be able to stop doing all the things I did to get there.

The other thing I am struggling with is tracking rigidity. A part of me thinks I need to continue religiously tracking, and another part of me would love a break from the obsession, (as would Dave). I think I will end up somewhere in-between. I want to be able to read my body's hunger signals and eat intuitively. Eat to live, not live to eat, as they say. That will be an experiment that may or may not work. However, I plan to keep close tabs on the scale, so adjustments can be made as necessary.

I didn't do so well on maintenance last go 'round, so I'm very nervous about it this time. Hopefully I have learned from my mistakes.

Getting So Close

As of this week’s weigh-in, I’m 6.2 pounds from my current goal. I say “current” because I’m not sure if that will be my ultimate goal. My current goal is to have a “healthy” BMI. It’s possible that 6.2 pounds won’t be where I want to stay, but I just have to wait until I get there and assess again at that point.

I have lost 80 pounds since October 2009… WHA??? It’s hard for me to believe it. In some ways it seems like a really long time, but in other ways, it’s happened so fast. I’ve done this before, so getting to goal scares me a little. I have to remain diligent to keep it off this time. Sometimes that can be harder than getting it off. Fortunately I have a great support network, both IRL and via SparkPeople and Weight Watchers communities. So, while I am a little scared, I know in my heart that I can do it.

Other than a few months in 2005, I haven’t been below 150 in decades. I like the way I feel and look, and I am not giving that up ever again.

I owe a big “thank you” to all my peeps. Okay, I am way too old to say “peeps.” Anywho… you are all an integral part of my success now and in the future. I need you to keep me going. I’ve worked way too hard to throw it away.

I also want to tell anyone reading this that if I can do, you certainly can. Take advantage of every source available to you to reach your goals. We are all in this together.

Monday, August 2, 2010

July Fitness Totals

A full July retrospective and August goals blog is to come, but I wanted to quickly share my July fitness totals:

# of days worked out:
# of minutes:
Avg. workout length:
50 minutes
# of calories burned: