Challenge time! 54 pounds (or more!) in 8 months...can it be done?!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

I suppose only time will tell!

Dropping 54 pounds in 8 months would bring me to 130 pounds by the very end of November 2014. It would be incredible to ring in the New Year, a completely new person. But it's a huge number. And that's overwhelming. When I get overwhelmed I shut down, and shutting down is what led me to hating what I see in the mirror every day.

If I had a patient tell me that they were unhappy with their weight, I'd tell them to forget the scale and to focus on the AMAZING things their bodies do every day for them. To forget that number and to think about how awesome they felt being able to do things like walk their dog, or go to a yoga class... if I can tell my patients this stuff, why is it so hard for me to listen to my own advice?!


That means it's time to break it down. 54lbs is HUGE. That's approximately what my 8 year old daughter weighs. It's two bags of dog food. (No wonder my knees hurt going up and down the stairs!) But you know what's not huge? The math. 54 pounds in 8 months is 6.7 pounds a month. That's a bit unrealistic to look at it that way, because if I say I want to lose 6.7 pounds in four weeks, and I only lose 2...that's setting myself up to beat myself up. SO. 6.7 pounds a month is 1.6 pounds a week. MUCH BETTER! I can do that. and if I only lose .5 pounds in a week, that's still progress! In all honesty, 2 pounds in a month is progress too, but .5 is closer to 1.6 than 2 is to 6.7 so it's a little easier to swallow.

How to get there? This is where I struggle. I work 3pm-11:30pm and am off Wednesday and Thursdays. I am exhausted. Seriously, I get home and sleep til 10am most mornings. Is that healthy? Probably not. Morning is not my time of day. And I'm too embarrassed to go to a gym again (that's a story that I've shared before). How do I get there? By working on things I can control. I can't always control when I have dinner at work, but I can pack my food. I can't control having soda shoved in my face, but I can pick water instead. I can write down what I eat.

Goals for the week of March 9-15, 2014:

Log into, and utilize SP every day.
Pack lunches for work. Avoid eating in the cafeteria.
Write down what I eat, no matter how 'bad' it is.
Swap out my *daily* DD iced coffee for tea at home. (This will also help save a lot of money over the course of a month). Aim for coffee 2x this week only.

Gotta work on developing realistic rewards for things!

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    you can do it by changing a bit at a time rooting for you
    2449 days ago
  • PRIN1978
    start small. Do 10 minutes when you have spare time. Take short but brisk walks on your lunch break. Bring 3 pound weights to work and do some strength training or even a skipping rope-it does wonders. Hope this helps! emoticon
    2450 days ago
    You can do this! It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the number. I need to lose just about the same amount. I’ve found that by breaking it into smaller, lesser amounts I am able to adjust my thinking and perspective. The smaller goals are realistic and help me see progress.

    2450 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14253479
    You are already getting goobered up about losing this amount of weight. I'd just do my program consistently no matter what and see what it brings.

    It isn't just the change that weight loss brings. There's emotional healing, physical healing from carrying around the extra weight, adjustments here and there. There is so much tied into change that you cannot possibly know all that it will entail beyond what you do.

    Don't set yourself up for feeling guilty if you don't make a number. I've seen this time and again happen to good people here at Spark. Don't be another one. Please! Respect yourself, be gentle and kind to yourself and lead a healthy lifestyle.
    2450 days ago
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    2450 days ago
    you can do it - keep pushing
    2450 days ago
    When Dyer has a book out titled (When you believe it, you can achieve it!" I would spend a little time each day "believing" you can lose those 57 belief will help you to get there. Blessings on the journey! emoticon
    2450 days ago
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