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I hit my goal weight & change

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

April fools. In fact, down right lie.

When I started on this journey I thought by now I would be at my goal weight. I'm not. Not even close!

However, after months of eye opening learning:

1. Tracking every morsel of my food eaten and seeing how out of balance my diet is.
2. Watching the ugly reality of the effects of morbid obesity on a dear friend.
3. Realizing that there is far more to this journey than calories in/calories out.
4. Learning I cannot out exercise my poor eating habits.
5. Finding out that one of my main obstacles is me - and my thinking.

So for April, I am setting one little goal: to move from obese II to obese I on the weight charts.

I must be honest. Normally I would find a reason not to do that. First of all I don't like to set a goal of a certain number of pounds to lose because sometimes you can do everything right and the scale doesn't budge. Oh, and let's see - there is Easter Dinner and Easter Baskets...., followed by a 4 day weekend in Minnesota with some girlfriends, then a week at home followed by a week in Florida. Lots of opportunity to fall off the path. Lots of excuses I could make. Oh, and let's not forget feeling like a failure if I don't reach my goal.

However, you see this is about change. Life will always be tossing me reasons I can turn into excuses to procrastinate. I've done this for years.

However, while on this journey I have learned - that reaching the goal is not always the most important part. Sometimes it is what you learn on the journey to that goal. Any step forward is a positive thing. All those little steps may not look like much individually but collectively they all add up - just like those little steps on my fitbit. I am constantly amazed at how those steps add up to miles!

I have also learned that life is short. I am closing in on 59. Today IS the day. No more excuses. I have everything I need to do this - except the self discipline and commitment to myself. So today I am going to practice a little self love. I am going to take some small steps to move me in the direction of that goal, followed by more tomorrow!

My plan:

1. continue to track my food and work on lowering my carb intake and eating more freggies.
2. get 20,000 steps on the fitbit a minimum of three days per week AND do strength training three days per week.
3. Drink all my water BEFORE I drink any other beverages.
4. Do one thing I love EVERY day - just for me.

Yep, life is all about change baby! Nothing changes, if nothing changes. What is that Ghandi quote? Be the change you want to see in the world.

I know what I want my world to look like - NOW is the time to do my part!

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  • SARIC_33
    That is a fabulous plan!
    2275 days ago
    I think you are wise to realize that goals may need to change. I set a goal of "40 lbs in 40 weeks". Well. That didn't happen. But there ARE 6 or 7 pounds that have stayed gone. Celebrate every victory and always look for your wins along the way to spark your motivation to do more, be better, live the life you want.
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    2275 days ago
    Good to look at the numbers and take action
    2275 days ago
  • MARYINFL2000
    Once again I love your blog and you could be speaking for me! I could add to stop hiding things. I know what I've done but not writing it own or posting my weight increase oesn't mean it didn't happen and really? Hiding something from myself? What a crazy mind! So how long and where are you coming to FL? I live in yhe Tampa/St Pete area, it would be fun to meet up.
    2275 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14034154
    That is a very good and solid plan that you have, but there's one thing that I would love to address. You mentioned the fact of feeling like a failure, and I'm taking issues with that remark.

    There is NO FAILURE IN CHRIST!!!!!

    Did you know that in God's Word, He only asked us to do our BEST! Well, because we're human and we're flawed and fallen, our BEST changes from day to day. You may be sick, just in a bad mood, elated and over joyed, or somebody might have said something unkind to you. Each day that God gives us that's never promised, we don't know how the day is going to be, so our BEST is ALWAYS CHANGING! Now, If all God asks of us is our BEST, NOBODY, NOT EVEN YOU have the right to ask for anything more, of yourself, than your BEST, as God is above all and we're not above Him. So, just continue to do your BEST, and trust God for a GLORIOUS OUT COME!!!


    - Nancy Jean -
    2275 days ago
    Good thoughts.
    2275 days ago
  • VELVET_01
    Wow we posted very similar blogs today. We can do this, i'm with you!!!
    2275 days ago
  • LSIG14
    What a great blog - I think you've got this! Keep up the good work!
    2275 days ago
    Two things I love in this post:
    your #4 learning that you can't out-exercise your eating habits
    "reaching the goal is not always the most important part. Sometimes it is what you learn on the journey"

    I also really like that you know what works for you, and that you're willing to do it. And this part, "I know what I want my world to look like - NOW is the time to do my part!" reminds me a lot of my current mindset which is just to start living now like the healthy me in my mind.

    2275 days ago
    2276 days ago
    You can do it!
    2276 days ago
    You got me! LOL. I have been reading your blogs, and I'm so impressed and motivated with your walking. So, when I read your title, I almost got up and started walking.

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    Comment edited on: 4/1/2015 2:57:32 PM
    You have learned some great things and now have a plan. emoticon
    But I worry about #s 2 & 3 being a bit lofty and setting yourself up for failure. You know what's best for you and perhaps 20,000 steps in a day is doable but I know that I would not like it at all if I had to wait to drink my morning cup of tea until after I'd downed 8 cups of water. Forgive me if I am out of line. I only want to see you succeed and support you all the way.
    2276 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13423552
    Sounds like a fantastic plan and I know you can do it if you set your mind to it! All about change!
    2276 days ago
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