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You've Come A Long Way Girl!

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Yesterday while I was hiking with my dog, Rebel in the forest, an idea flashed into my head. I have become the person I wanted to be. I am healthy, fit and in a good weight range. In real life I am living the 'fantasy' life I wanted/imagined I would live when I accomplished my weight and fitness goals.

This is something I wrote years ago -
I had a dream where I woke up with the perfect body and I was thrilled, then frightened and sad. I knew it wouldn't stay that way. Within a week I would be overweight and out of shape again because I don't take care of my body. Some how it clicked - people who are slim and healthy take care of themselves - they eat properly and exercise. That is what I needed to do.

When did I start taking better care of me? In spring 2007, the day I put my dog, Kali on her leash, turned on my audiobook, walked out the door and headed to the trail. I was doing this for me, and I was the only one who could change me.

The next year I started my weight loss journey on SparkPeople. It seemed impossible at first. Honestly I wanted to quit everyday, but I didn’t. I was the only one who could change me, and if I didn’t do it soon, I would run out of chances/time. Now I am definitely slimmer and more fit than I was when I started SparkPeople 13 years ago. I definitely FEEL the difference too!

My mantra/pep talk, You've Come A Long Way Girl! Now get moving!

1) I weigh in daily to monitor my eating trend. No surprises when I haven't been following my diet and my weight goes up. When I am trending downward it's very motivating.

2) I have been doing YouTube exercises daily since May 28th, 2020, perfect attendance.

3) I got a new Fitbit and will make good use of monitoring my walking and sleep. It's easy for me to hike daily as I am very close to the trails.

4) I am overcoming a recent lapse in my eating habits and will be losing weight again.

5) I am aiming for a weight loss of 1 pound (daily 500 calorie deficit) a week to make my 8 week 5% Spring Challenge goal. When you lose a pound a week that is 52 pounds in a year, but I am aiming for ~40 pounds of weight loss, which I will achieve this year.

Achievers! Not for the powerful and famous, but for regular people who set goals and achieve them by their own determination... unknown
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