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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.
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    Funny thing about this journey, if you gain some weight back, you will just have to re-lose it later, there is no other options. We keep having to readjust our thoughts and remember why we started this path in the first place, to live without restraints. Healthy living makes for healthy choices. We will no longer say no to things because we can not do them, only because we do not feel it is in our best interest to do something. We just need a friendly reminder some times that we are in control of our lives, we just need to want the best for ourselves and we do deserve it! Best wishes on your journey MaryBeth!
    1493 days ago
    Fantastic success my friend...keep on keepin' on! emoticon
    1597 days ago
    Me too. After being down from 375 to 248 I am back in the high 250's. I just seem adrift on exercise which I do enjoy, not binging on healthy food. The battle is between my ears. We can do it. We have both made great progress and need to finish what we started. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1644 days ago
    I am in the same boat except for losing the 150 first LOL!! ;) You are still doing outstanding in the grand scheme and I'm so proud of you! But I totally relate to wanting to finish what you started, let's make 2016 our year! emoticon emoticon
    1644 days ago
    1645 days ago
    Congrats on your success. You have great goals. Good luck on meeting them.
    1645 days ago
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