I am getting closer and closer to goal and maintenance. Many people say maintenance is harder than losing the weight, so that has me a bit worried, but I feel if I keep doing what I have done for the past 2 1/2 years I will be ok. I knew at the beginning these had to be changes I could live with until the end of time. I'm honestly extremely happy with the weight I've been at for the past few months even though I keep losing, so if I stop now, that would be ok too. If the scale goes down a little more, sweet! I have 152 as my end goal only because I wanted to hit 50% of my weight. At 154 I would be considered a "healthy" BMI, so that would be good, but I'm not going to kill myself or do anything different than I'm doing now so I can reach that magical number.
I've never written out my goals before, but since I wanted to start blogging more, I thought this would be a great place to put down the things I have in my head I want to accomplish this month.
1. Hit my step goal of 10,000 steps every day for the month of September. (36 days in a row and counting right now!)
2. Only go over 25 g of net carbs 2 times this month. I haven't went over since July, but I have a few Labor Day/football parties this month and I may want to splurge a bit with food and/or a drink or two. Not to say I can't do that and stay in range because I have many times before, but I like to give myself a little wiggle room if I choose to splurge.
3. Take all of my vitamins for the month! Sometimes on the weekends I forget!
4. Blog AT LEAST once per week, and possibly start blogging about more personal stuff that I've been going through just to get it out.
There you have it, nothing fancy. Just trying to stay on track and continue along on this journey! Now, I have to share my motivational weight loss jars I made at the beginning of this journey. I'm sure many of you have seen these on Pinterest or maybe even made them. My son saw mine the other day and couldn't believe it considering where all the beads started! This pic was taken a couple of pounds ago, so the "Pounds to Go" is even a little emptier now.
With the comfort I am at with my weight, I thought about retiring the jars, but I might keep them around for a while longer just to see. I'm also sharing another side-by-side pic. The after is the same that's posted on my page and I have the before in my other pics, but I put them side by side and feel it's a better representation of just how big I was.
Thank you all for your continued encouragement and support. I definitely couldn't do it without ALL of you. Every time I see someone I haven't seen in a while they ask what I've done to lose the weight. The obvious hard work and exercise, healthy eating, etc, but I always point anyone and everyone to Spark. This community is one of my main reasons for being this successful. For that, I thank all of you!