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Going from 300+ to 13.1 - Reality Check

Saturday, February 01, 2020

This past month has been interesting. I didn't make the progress I wanted to BUT that doesn't mean that I should ignore the progress that I was able to make.

My weight has stubbornly decided to stabilize at 320ish pounds. Now there are two things here...1) I changed which scale I was using and there is a 4lb difference between the two. The bathroom scale says 318; the Wii Fit says 323.9. 2) I could only choose one. I went with the Wii Fit simply because the data is stored, retrievable, and visually demonstrative of my actual weight trends. After all a pound up or down is still a pound up or down no matter where the initial "center" number was. Looking at it this way, my net loss for the month was about 5 lbs when I was shooting for 12.

Now, that was 7 lbs short of my goal...maddening to be sure. BUT I was also watching the tape measure. 2" off my waist in that same amount of time. I'm not going to be too picky...inches off are inches off no matter where they come from.

My mile has improved, but from 22:38 to 21:45. Not anywhere near where i was in the fall, but better than when I decided to start this journey...that was a 28-ish minute mile.

Learning to think this way. Learning how to perceive the progress instead of the failures...is very hard for me. If I'm going to succeed long term I will need to continue practicing this. Adjusting my program as needed is NOT starting over or giving up...it's progressing. More tracking and more accountability to keep me honest. More positivity to keep me from backsliding into the dark hole I've dug my way out of.

I'm walking right now, but if I keep reaching toward the light of my goal, I will run.
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    emoticon Praising your progress is hard, and you are right on the buble with it, allowing yourself the grace to figure it out your way, your timimg, your journey! Awesome work on inches = Best NSV and fitness improvement! I ran my first 5k at 255lbs, with SPARK back in the day!
    161 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/27/2020 9:08:03 PM
    Progress is progress! I'm very proud of you!
    185 days ago
    You're making progress, and making healthy decisions, that's what's important. Don't forget to make note of how you feel physically - are you sleeping better, feeling more rested and/or energized, are you in a better mood most of the time, do you have fewer aches and pains, are any every-day tasks easier than they used to be...? There are so many ways you can be showing progress even whe the scale and tape measure don't seem to be responding. Keep your eyes focused on the things that ARE improving and you'll keep yourself focused and moving forward. You're already doing a fantastic job!! I love your positive attitude. Keep sparking, my friend!
    187 days ago
    Hey, you may have hit a tough spot, but it will finally move. I've had plateau's that lasted me 3 months. Talk about discouraging! Frustrating yes, but finally those numbers move. You can do it! Don't ever give up!!

    Cheers! emoticon
    187 days ago
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    Doing great and maintaining momentum!
    187 days ago
    You can do it !
    187 days ago
    emoticon Hi emoticon
    187 days ago
    Two inches off your waist is great! I am going to measure mine on the 6th. I keep telling myself that time will pass regardless so I may as well be trying even if I wish results would be faster.
    187 days ago
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