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My summer challenge

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I began a summer challenge for myself a couple of months ago. The purpose was to take a before and after pic in an outfit I wanted to wear for the summer. My choice was a tankini. And I wanted to work on my arms a little more harder.
I have learned a lot about food, diet and motivation since doing this. There are a group of women who joined me in this challenge on another site fabulously40.com (some are here too!) and I have gained much motivation from them along with ideas and suggestions.
Well this challenge has a little over a month to go and where am I????

While I have adjusted my diet and have tried all kinds of exercise my progress is slow. To date I have lost 18 lbs and my clothes are loose on me. I feel great and have more energy than before. However I am not where I want to be. I don't think stepping it up will help so I need to re evaluate my expectations.

It took me a long time to get to this point so why was I expecting it to come off quicker??? Crazy on my part I guess. Instead of focusing on losing 2 lbs per week (which has not happened) I need to just focus on how I feel and the efforts I put into feeling good.

I am going back to square 1 and start all over with my new weight as my new starting point. I will take from the lessons learned to help me be successful in this phase. I will focus on moving more each day and making sure my meals are balanced. I am going to focus more on the enjoyment part vs the work of losing weight and being healthy.

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    I need a fresh start too! For multiple things...
    3867 days ago
    I feel like I'm in the same boat as you right now. I need to reevaluate and focus on how I feel instead of so much the numbers. My first 15 lbs. came off really fast, and now I've slowed down considerably (partially because I haven't been as focused, and I've been living more like a normal eater than a losing weight eater...). You have a great attitude about it, though! I can definitely learn a thing or two from you about that!

    3868 days ago
    You have done great so far! Losing is the goal, and as long as its coming off, no matter how slow, you are succeeding! I was one of those slow pokes too. It took me a year and a half to go from 192 to 125 and I worked out like a demon, two hours every day! Just make sure you are tracking your fitness and food properly. Eating balanced meals is the key. Getting lots of fruits and veggies, etc, and of course, the water.. Things that helped me were making sure I changed up my exercise and wasn't doing the same thing day after day. I have 13 DVD's to rotate in, an elliptical, Curves workout and aquafit. My body can't get used to any one thing. Also, when you get more fit, you unfortunately burn less calories as well. Now my heavy workouts don't burn nearly as much as when I started as the Fitness tracker shows me. So no rest on being diligent with my food.
    I wish you all the best with your program!
    3868 days ago
    I think you are speaking for a lot of us. We want the weight gone QUICK! Losing 18 pounds is a great accomplishment, congratulations!
    3868 days ago
    Wow girlie! Way to go! I'm so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. I can't wait to see your progress in a few months. :)
    3868 days ago
  • VHALL89
    Thx for your words of encouragement!!
    3868 days ago
    V, I think you have done a great job so far. Losing 18 pounds is a fantastic start to weight loss and leading into a new lifestyle. As you stated it didn't come over one night so it isn't going to go overnight. I think one key thing you have posted is that your feeling great and have more energy. That to me translates that you were very successful in losing weight and being healthy. Bonus, your clothes are looser. I have lost the same amount and I am wearing the same size with no difference in how they fit. Lucky you!!
    3868 days ago
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