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5% Challenge Goal Achieved!

Friday, August 10, 2018

When I started this summer's 5% Challenge, I weighed 169.5 lbs on July 30th. My goal was to hit 161 lbs (Meaning I'd have lost 5% of my starting weight) by August 25th for the end of the challenge. Well, I've hit my goal already! This morning I weighed in at 161 lbs and I am so proud.

I'm still surprised at my results, still shocked that this is working for me. I look at myself in the mirror and see the changes my efforts have wrought and STILL I feel disbelief and surprise. I never really believed I could do this, I just stubbornly set out to try... and it's working!!

Yesterday I was looking at photos of myself from back in 2014 when I had been gaining weight again, but I was still so much thinner than I am now. Yet back then I thought I was fat, because I weighed more than I had at my lowest.

It's so hard for me to have a realistic grasp on the space my body takes up, or to truly understand my size at any given time. This is something else I'm trying to work on, trying hard to be aware, to be HERE in my body. To be present. Here and now.

My next personal goal of 150 lbs seems so close now compared to when I started this journey at 184.5 lbs. I still can't believe I've shed 23.5 lbs in just 75 days. I could've probably shed more, had I exercised harder and more often, and not indulged like I have now and again. But I seem to have found a balance that works for me, enjoying activities that bring me happiness (swimming and hiking) while still treating myself to the occasional micro brew or a cookie or piece of pie here and there. I'm trying not to be all-or-nothing right now because I know that kind of mentality is hard to maintain, and would make it all the more difficult when I finally reach my ultimate goal weight and switch to maintenance.

Anyway, I'm rambling away now. But yay, 5% goal weight achieved!! emoticon
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