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Progress 8/08

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

During the month of July I lost 5.8 pounds. I have to fight not to say "only 5.8 pounds" because until recently I thought I could realistically lose 3 or more pounds a week. That doesn't account for the occasional upswing and it really isn't realistic. I read an inspirational story of another Spark member that was maintaining. She said it was hard for her to stop losing weight and it started me thinking. I always think in the shower. I wondered if I would have that problem, then it occurred to me, I'm not dieting...really. I want to be healthier, so I don't think it will happen to me. Eventually, as my health improves, my body will find it's own happy spot. I'm not dieting. I said that twice, do you think if I say it again, I might believe it? Some days, it sure feels like a diet. But all it really is, is not eating Cheez-Its out of the box, not getting emotional and going for the Cheez-Its....eating a healthy meal of an appropriate size and exercise, you have to make the time for it.

This month, I have not seen a great loss on the scale, but there is a loss. If I keep it up, in 6 months from now, I can be 40 pounds closer to a healthy weight instead of calculating how much weight "I could have lost if I stuck with it." There are small changes in my body, the kind only I can see. But mainly, there is a change in my mind. I have a different attitude and I feel differently. I even lost weight on vacation! Of course, there have been set backs, but I got on the scale this morning and it finally said 192. For kicks, I got on it again and again through the morning and it eventually read 191.8.

In total, I have lost 14.4 pounds and have been realatively consistent ever since 6/17/08. In my mind I am successful. What I think has made me successful so far is tracking my food. I write it all down, whether my calories shoot up to a binge baring 3000 calories or I've starved myself to the tune of 800 calories. I try to drink a gallon jug of water each day. Half of it is not an option, but I normally consume a gallon of water a day. I weigh myself daily. I have a healthy relationship with my scale. I am okay with an increase on the scale, a reasonable one, but consecutive increases cause me to evaluate my recent habits....which has been a HUGE tool for me.

Of course, I have some challenges. Exercise. I am inherently lazy. I have forced myself to get to Curves, but I only average twice a week. I don't do my strength exersizes as much as I should and I NEED to get back on the treadmill.

Hopefully my August update has a new pant size included!

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    Good for you! I am so proud the fact that you are sticking with it. The longer it takes for you to lose it the longer you will keep it off. The hardest part of this journey is realizing that this is not a diet it is a way of life. Somedays you will eat out of the box of Cheez-Its and others you won't, but more and more you will begin to find yourself turning to the "box" less and less. 20 pounds gone is a HUGE accomplishment. The next time you find yourself thinking I have only lost xxx put it in perspective. Go and pick up a 20 pound bag of dog food and remember that you use to carry that around with you every day. It is a real eye opener. Keep at it girl and you will SUCCEED! I have great faith in you! Hugs ;-)
    4364 days ago
    Wow! It was great to read your blog... That is it--its a life style change not just a diet. It takes time and its personal... Great job on the loss! Good luck with the excersise.

    And thank you for the words of encouragement you left me...

    4377 days ago
    Thanks for the words of encouragement you left after reading my blog--from your lips to God's ears, I hope! (20 pounds next week....) I read yours as well--you are doing great too! Here's to both of us!
    4379 days ago
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    I am very proud of your progress. Your mind set is right on target. You are so right that this is not a diet but a new way of life. Why is it so hard to learn new things like changing our ways of eating and increasing our activity? Keep up the good work! emoticon
    4380 days ago
    emoticon I'm So excited for you!! I've been so bad lately I think its because mother nature come to visit ugh!. But this gets me pumped to start up again and i have awesome people who support me like i said i've just been sluggish. I bought a new book and i've been reading it it has tons of info and some tough love. It kind of curses a lot but the info is great the title it self is not as appealing "Skinny Bitch" they even have a cook book. Any who its pretty good. But I haven't been to the gym lately so i have to start again. I'm going to the yoga and pilate's on sunday and starting the aquatics class at the gym i mean the class is free i might as well start moving... or floating lol. I love your mindset i still have to work on mine because i have a hard time coping with the scale when I gain even one lbs! I know we have all have our up and downs on the scale but i really don't like them and I have to learn to just Deal with it. Keep up the great work!!! emoticon
    4382 days ago
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