..and happily, thanks to my incredible Sparkfriends, I have reached a conclusion..
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Thanks to everyone who responded to my Sunday blog for all your thoughtful and helpful comments and for sharing your observations and opinions! I think this was a real "sit down and think long and hard" moment for me. I think after reading the comments that the one thing I'd add to what I said in the original blog is that my quest to lose the weight is really centered around wanting to stay healthy.. Though looking good is not completely unimportant to me, it's really about the health.. and the hope that with the health I will be able to keep up with my busy, busy 10 year old and be around for a long time to watch him grow and flourish.
So, as I ask myself, "how far am I willing to go?," I come back to what I have known all along. I am willing to go as far as I need to to make it happen. BUT, until I positively, absolutely commit to the "moderation" approach and live it to the fullest extent, then I don't need to consider the more extreme alternatives. What I need to do is to follow the program of eating a balanced diet of 1500 to 1800 calories a day and getting at least 30 minutes of cardio in every day and another 3 days of some kind of strength training consistently. I can't say this approach is a failure until I do it for more than a day, a week, a month at a time. I can say that the last time I actually did do this for an extended period, several years ago, I did lose weight. But then I stopped. So now, I must start.
Sometimes I think it's just easier to look around at all these "approaches" and mull them over than to JUST DO IT. Gotta take my own advice, though..
Thanks to everyone for helping me figure this one out! Love to each and every one of you!!