No, my "diet" is not over...
Monday, January 29, 2018
So much has happened since July. I put the 3rd and last push on to reach my goal, and did. Now into the new world of maintenance.
People say, "Wow, you lost your weight, now you can quit your diet and eat normal again, and you won't have to work out as many days." *Sigh*
And he's not the only one. Daughter-in-law, her parents, even my son. Our friends.
Mind you, for all the suggestions for people in my life to be on board and support me, they have never met my family. I mean I love them dearly, but turn a deaf ear to me if I mentioned anything about my endeavors. As you can tell by my blogging record, I'm not big on expressing my inner thoughts...I'm sure you can see why.
But I've come to a crossroad here, in this last push. I have given up on Facebook. All the fun has been sucked out of it with politics and negativity. My favorite flash game has gotten money hungry. So I find time can be better spent on me. (What a novel concept. Me.)
I have worked hard all my life, and put all others before me. Now I spend time prepping healthy food, investing in active minutes throughout the day, strength train in my little workout room I've created, and yoga it up to a DVD a few times a week. I come here, and read articles on exercise and nutrition. Quality internet time.
This is my lifestyle now. So, no, people, my "diet" is not over. It never was. See, I never went on a diet.
I have a 58 pound loss over 11 1/2 years. That is weight that will never come back. Sometimes when I did get discouraged, I'd have to remind myself that I did not gain that weight overnight, and it's not going to come off & stay off overnight, either. I'd been overweight since childhood, going as high as 225 in high school, so it has been a long and winding road.
Now, my lifestyle, brought on joining, and staying with SparkPeople has done more than help me lose weight. As a constant, it has also kept me grounded. Through a lot. Hubby's massive heart attack, son's morbid injuries in an accident, and grandson's diagnosis of a syndrome he will have all his life.
So, the moral of this ramble tonight, I guess, is to never give up, and if you find yourself all alone, even in a houseful of people, you can still do whatever you need to do. You can be surprised at your own strength.