I'm in...are you?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I've lost almost 20lbs since the beginning of August. That's fairly quick weightloss. Ok, scratch IS quick weight loss. But I do have quite a bit to lose. I have just under 200lbs now to lose. WHOOHOO! I'm so happy to be under that number. Speaking of numbers though. I find that I'm upset if I only lose 2 or 3lbs in a week. I eat well. I eat a lot of veggies and if I snack it's almost always a fruit. I've cut my sweets consumption to just a few a week. And by few I'm counting 1 oreo as an entire sweet. Not the two that's recommended in the package or a whole row in THAT package or the package itself. (see this USED to be me) I'm trying to be mindful of what I'm putting into my mouth and how it is going to affect my body and weight loss. I also do SOMETHING every day as far as exercise. I either walk 40 minutes around my neighborhood, or I do Wii Boxing for 20 minutes AND a Chris Powell DVD for 15 for a total of 35 minutes. Or I'll pop in my WATP dvd and do it for 45-60. And this is every day. Now, I'm not super quick. I'm not very agile. I huff and puff and about DIE during some of these moves. And they are truly NOT hard moves. But I'm THAT out of shape. But I'm doing them. Yet, the scale isn't moving much. And that's ok. I'm not going to stop. Right now, I'm going to do them until they get easy, then I'll move up the intensity until IT becomes easy. So long as the scale keeps creeping down, I will be satisfied.

I realized though that since I'm on a journey of better health, there are a myriad of other markers that I'm going to have to pay attention to. YES, the scale because of the sheer amount of extra weight I'm carrying. BUT, inches across my body, how my clothes fit, how much more distance I can cover and how fast I can cover it, how easy those killing moves are becoming, how strong I am becoming, how my seat belt fits, and how my body feels in general. I have to keep these things in mind or I'm going to get bogged down by that number on the scale. The scale doesn't determine just how fit I'm getting.

And it doesn't for anyone else either. It's a marker, just like the measuring tape, but they PALE compared to blood pressure, blood sugar, beating your own personal best time, pushing yourself just a little harder and doing it with EASE, running that race you NEVER thought you could RUN because walking hurt too bad, or any other benchmark in this journey to health that we're on.

I'm in it to win it, how about you?
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  • no profile photo CD14767534
    what an awesome blog! I love the way you think and your words are inspiring! Also.. miss 2-3lbs a week is kick ass! :) Keep up that journey.. I am new here and you all inspire me every day to keep on going. I know exactly what you're going through.. emoticon
    2552 days ago
  • LIZZIE138
    You go girl! My favorite saying is slow and steady will win the race. The scale is only one very small part of getting healthy. emoticon
    2827 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13834395
    You've got the right attitude! Take care of the healthy choices and the rest will follow!
    2827 days ago
    emoticon The scale has not been moving for me and instead of getting discouraged I am counting all the NSV's (non scale victories) like looser clothes and better walk times. Just keep doing it!
    2828 days ago
    2 to 3 lbs a week is a lot of weight loss! Healthy weight loss is more between 1 to 2 lbs a week so REJOICE in your 2-3 lbs loss. The thing about us is that we forget that it was weeks and weeks of unhealthy living that packed on our extra pounds and likewise it will be weeks and weeks (probably more weeks) of healthy living that will take them off. You are doing emoticon ly so far sooo continue the great work!!! Also keep that emoticon attitude emoticon .gif" alt="emoticon" id="emoticon" width="42" height="42" border="0">
    2830 days ago
    Tracy Nice Work!! You are doing the work, and seeing the results!

    Stay Smart with your eating.
    Stay strong, keep Moving!

    2830 days ago
  • NEWSUE45
    Im with ya girl!! I have put a lot of my weight back on in the last year or so ( I was almost under 300 and now I am back up to 345) I am sick and tired of being sick and tired!! This week is my first step back into being healthy, I joined Curves and even though like you said I huff and puff the whole way, I know it will get easier and that is what keeps me going!

    Congrats on the 20 lbs!!

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    2830 days ago
    Enjoy the rapid weight loss but remember slow and steady is the norm.
    2831 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12468403
    2 to 3 lbs a week is fantastic Tracy...that's what I hope for and was told by my doctor to NOT lose much more than that as it's unhealthy and you'll be putting your health in jeopardy. You sound like you've got a great plan and attitude and the results you're showing are great. All the best.
    2831 days ago
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    2831 days ago
    Keep up the good work and the GREAT attitude!
    2831 days ago
    I love your attitude and outlook on this journey! You are right the scale is not the only thing we can judge our success on. Don't weigh yourself everyday either, because that can also add to frustration. I weigh myself once a week at at the same time. It helps to give me a better idea on how I am doing. Great job also on cutting back on the sweets.

    And don't get upset when you only lose 2 to 3 pounds a week, because that means you are losing the weight in a healthy manner. I know I used to watch the biggesst loser and those people will drop 5 to 6 pounds a week, but all they do is workout. We all have lives and when you look at the contestants that went home and were put back in their regular daily lives they started averaging 1 to 3 pounds a week as well. So hang in there and in 6 months you are going to look back on this blog and say wow look how much I have lost and how much I have gained in fitness.
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