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I Was Suppose to Have Reached My Goal Weigh This Month

Saturday, January 30, 2010

About a year ago, I thought this February would be the month that I would reach my goal of 150 pounds. I was losing 8-12 pounds a month back then. I am currently losing 3-5 pounds a month, which is okay with me. My new goal date is around August, but I just want to take a minute and look at what I did accomplish in that time.

First, I am healthy. I have cholesterol readings in the optimal range and my blood pressure is fine. I can pretty much do any physical activity I want, without it feeling too strenuous. I can run, jump, hop, skip, do push-ups, mountain climbers, go hiking, and other various things that I could not do a few years ago. Stairs no longer make me winded. Running feels good. Sometimes I do jumping jacks in my kitchen while making dinner, and waiting for things to cook. I feel strong and that is a great feeling. Fitness is fun.

Second, I am considerably smaller. I started this journey wearing between a 28 and 30 (that is women's sizes not waist size). I was limited to a few plus sized stores. I am currently between a 10 and a 12. That has expanded my choice of clothing so much. Shopping is fun(although I currently have no money). I can also borrow clothes easily because I am in a common size. I also no longer feel uncomfortable at movie theaters, whereas before I was concerned about taking up more than my share of space. I can fit in all seat belts. I can sit in chairs with arms. I fit through turnstiles easily. Being smaller just makes my life so much easier.

I have learned how to manage stress better. Sure, I have had my moment where I still turn to food, but that has not been the normal reaction to stress. I have walked and gone for runs. I have turned to friends. I have learned how to manage things in the Spark People way of breaking things into small manageable units. I used to have many sleepless nights plagued with the "what ifs", and with exercise I sleep, no matter what is going on in my life.

I am a better role model. My kids read nutrition labels. My daughter the other day made her own lunch and then told me how she had all the food groups. We do more healthy family activities.

I feel better about my appearance and this has made me more confident. I feel like I can accomplish anything these days. I also have healthier skin. My hair is healthier. I have muscle tone, and I love those muscles. Putting on make up doesn't feel like a futile task.

I enjoy my life more, now that I am more active.

So, I may not have reached that goal weight yet, but I am so much closer. I am in that overweight range still, but I have accomplished changing many of the things that I did not like about being super morbidly obese. I have lost 157 pounds. If I never lose another pound, as long as I stay active and healthy, that would be fine. I feel great these days. I will get there, but my reasons behind wanting to change have already been checked off. Now, I am off for a bike ride with my family.
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    You are really inspiring
    3963 days ago
    I love your attitude and your will to do better. I love that you appreciate what you have accomplished rather than looking at what you have yet to do (one of my faults). You are amazing and I'm glad I met you. emoticon
    4008 days ago
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    you will get there sometimes it takes a little longer then we plan but you are on the right path,so dont give up!
    4043 days ago
  • KRISTI702
    What an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations!
    4043 days ago
  • KRISTI702
    What an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations!
    4043 days ago
    Way to stay focused on the reasons for this journey - not the number on a scale!

    You inspire me to do better and I truly think you are a fantastic person I am lucky to have met!

    Saw the bikes out by the way - hope you had fun!
    4043 days ago
    What a great job you are doing! I literally understand where you've been and where you are now. I'm constantly amazed at how much easier life is at a "normal" size! I too lost a lot of weight each month in the beginning, but in the last year averaged about 3-4 lbs a month. Fine with me too! Now with about 12 lbs to go, I'm expected to reach my goal in the next several months. My original goal was to get there by my birthday in August and now I believe I'll be there!

    I was a size (tight) 24 and heading toward a 26 when I began. Now I also am a 10-12. My final goal size is a comfortable 10. I'm not fixating on it...some clothes in 12 look and fit great, some in an 8 look and fit great. Depends on the brand/style. I do most of my shopping at Goodwill because they have a huge variety of clothes that look new at great prices.

    I know what you mean about the movie seats...I often avoided them because they were so uncomfortable and I felt squished. Now I'm enjoying one of my favorite pastimes again...movies!

    You will reach your goal. It's Ok if it takes a little longer than you originally thought...I like working toward it and celebrating when I get there. I'm already reading up on maintenance and preparing for that. I want to continue to get stronger, work on balance exercises, and to stay fit and healthy till my last day.

    4043 days ago
    You are SUPER, Jeannie!
    4044 days ago
    Every time I see you I am inspired. Your level of fitness blows me away and I forget that you were 150 pounds heavier. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen the pictures. You are beautiful!
    4044 days ago
    You are SO one of my heros, did you know that?? I admire you and all that you have accomplished.. to simply say "it's no easy feat" to lose 157lbs is such an understatement!! Your commitment, perseverance and unstoppable attitude lead you to this wonderful physical state - but the "you" you are today has always been.. the caring, thoughtful cyber friend (wink).. the encourage, the supporter, the cheerleader, the role model, the mom, the wife... you are just one neat person.. and someday I hope to hug your neck in person!

    You'll reach that goal you've set numbers to.. but to me, it sounds like you've "arrived" already!

    Battle On!
    4044 days ago
    You are such a tremendous role model for us here! And you never cease to inspire.
    4044 days ago
  • KOI239
    You are such an inspiration. I'm proud of what you have lost and your attitude.

    4044 days ago
    Big time congratulations to you. It's the right attitude to take. In the face of all that you've accomplished and how far you've come, not making your original "deadline" is really no matter at all. :-)

    Awesome work! Best of luck to you as you journey on.
    4044 days ago
  • LADYDI2049
    Jeannie, as always I am so inspired by your success story and your strength to perservere through difficult times. Your journey isn't over yet, but it is still a success. I am so proud of you and so honored to know you.

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    4044 days ago
    That is fantastic! You are really awesome and have such a wonderful job changing your life. You are a winner in my book!
    4044 days ago

    I love this blog!!! You are always so inspiring, but this may be one of your most inspiring messages yet. Way to go!


    4044 days ago
    Wow, I really enjoyed reading this, sometimes I lose focus what losing weight is all about, and I want to give up. This is just a reminder to look at the whole picture. emoticon
    4044 days ago
    You are such an inspiration. emoticon
    4044 days ago
    You're doing a great job! Keep it up, don't let amything slow you down...
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    4044 days ago
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