Finishing What I Started
Thursday, December 31, 2015
I've joined the Winter 5% Challenge and wanted to document my motivations, triggers and strategies.
I started SparkPeople in July 2012 simply to lose 10 pounds to get my Endocrinologist off my back. That was my single motivation. 3.5 years later my successes have become my motivation.
1. My A1C is normal and if it remains there for 6 months I will be taken off my last small dose of diabetic medication.
2. My blood pressure is 120/69
3. All my blood test results are perfect
4. Less weight equals more movement
5. Less weight equals more energy in general
6. Those two combine into getting more accomplished in a day.
7. I am happier, and that makes my family happier
8. Clothes are more comfortable
Sorry, that's all I got, but that is enough!
Unfortunately, my trigger is food! Just the desire to eat too much. I eliminated junk food from my diet, home, and life over the first year. Even an overindulgence of good, healthy and nutritious food can be a bad thing. This is my specific problem now. I lost over 150 pounds from July 2012 -May 2014. So in the last year and a half I have bounced up and down and landed about 30 pounds over my lowest.
I need to finish what I started! My last 3 motivations are no longer accomplishments. I feel my energy level waning and my clothes are uncomfortably tight, even pulled out the next size up. These 2 combined make me unhappy. I can see all my successes falling apart if I continue on this path.
My strategies for success,
1. Track for the day and stick to it!! I track my food every morning. but I add along the way to way too many calories.
2. I need to keep up my 60+ minutes of cardio (walking) a day and seriously incorporate strength training on a regular basis, not just when challenged to do so.
3. View food as fuel, not comfort or stolen moments of pleasure.
My over all goal is to lose these last 30 pounds by June when I return to my endocrinologist. That will put me at a normal BMI and a livable healthy weight that can be sustained with healthy eating and regular exercise.