Back Where I Started

Monday, March 05, 2012

June 2010...this was the date that I started on my quest for health. I weighed in at 169 and worked my tail off all summer (literally!). I started running and actually ran my first 5K. I was so inspired. I felt so good. I lost 15 pounds that summer and bought all new clothes. It was a great time. But then, life happened. More stress, a move and here I am almost two years later...weighing in at 169.

I figure I have two choices: I could be mad at myself and say that I'm never going to lose weight and just stay the way I am now. Or I can get back on the plan and DO IT again! Obviously, since I am posting at SP, I have chosen the second option. Of course I am irritated with myself for not sticking to my weight loss two years ago. But I can't go back and change things, I can only change what is happening in my life NOW.

So, what have I learned during this two year time period? Well, I know that it is vital that I have a food plan ALL THE TIME. If I don't have a plan, then I will eat "whatever". And eating "whatever" once leads to eating that way all the time (for me at least). I know that I am an emotional eater - I eat whether I am happy or sad! I know that I need to eat real food. I am done with diet foods (besides the occasional granola bar for emergencies only - lol). I know that I need to think enough of myself to want to do this.

Luckily, my dh is joining me in my weight loss quest and we have actually put together a 90 day challenge to do together. Today is day #1 and I am excited to get started. I will write about our challenge tomorrow.

Here goes!!!
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    I'm facing the same thing. I recently lost 10 pounds and I'm now back to my starting weight from nearly five years ago.

    I've learned an important lesson. I've learned I can't take my fitness and health for granted. That focus must be a priority, no matter what is going on with life.

    You're back on track, and so am I. This time we're on the journey with more experience and renewed commitment.

    Go, Melanie! emoticon
    3177 days ago
    Good to see you posting and to hear about your plan with dh! Nothing like teamwork to help you reach your goals. You're not really back where you started except in terms of the scale - you've "gained" lots of insight about your own motivation and eating issues, so that means you've made progress even though it's not visible as a number. Keep Sparkin'!
    3182 days ago
    Thanks for the comments!

    Andrews_Mom...I really appreciate the kind words. It is so wonderful knowing that there is a huge community of others out there ready to support me through this.

    Jujifruit...How have you been? I'm so glad to see a "familiar" face. I really wish I would have stuck to running and unfortunately where I live now isn't conducive to running at all (giant hill!). Also, my husband is working a lot, so it is hard to find a time when he can be home with the kids. I think I'm going to try exercise videos (blech!). Better than nothing! Good luck to you on this journey. Hope to run into you again :)

    3186 days ago
    good to see you again! I've been on and off here too, and "started again" a few months ago. It's nice to hae a fresh start, but like you, I wish I'd just stuck with it the whole time. My younger daughter is making me do the couch to 5k with her this time (i did it with myolder daughter last time), we are on week 2!

    Remember, we can do this!! We will get better and more will stick with us this time!
    3187 days ago
    Welcome back!
    It's emoticon that your husband is going to do this with you! I'm sure it will make the journey alot eaiser and more enjoyable!
    Wanted to wish you the very best of success and a happy emoticon !!
    3187 days ago
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