Monday, November 18, 2013
17 weeks ago I made the following goals:
Goal 1: Log onto Spark for 17 weeks
Goal 2: Track food for 17 weeks
Goal 3: Stay within calorie range
Goal 4: Blog everyday for 17 weeks
Goal 5: Exercise for 17 weeks (180 minutes a week)
My weight is currently 184.8 lbs.
In the Past 17 weeks:
I've lost 17.2 lbs and am down inches/clothing sizes;
This makes a total 23.2 lbs since starting Zumba (34 weeks ago); and ~ 33.2 lbs lost off my highest ever weight.
I met my first small goal weight of 195 lbs by September 17th (on 9/1).
I am well on my meeting my second goal weight of 183 lbs by December 17th (1.8 lbs to go).
Goal 1: Log onto Spark for 17 weeks
Goal 2: Track food for 17 weeks I have only missed 2 days out of 119.
Goal 3: Stay within calorie range I stayed within calorie range the majority of the time (went over calories on 35 days).
Goal 4: Blog everyday for 17 weeks I may not have blogged everyday; However, I have consistently blogged about my progress.
Goal 5: Exercise for 17 weeks (180 minutes a week) With the exception of when I was sick and needed to take care of myself; however, when I was feeling better I continued to stick to my goal.
What I've learned:
As I say a lot, this isn't an easy process by any means. However, I've learned I can be successful at losing weight, and I can stick with it.
In the past when my doctor would tell me I should stop drinking soda to help with losing weight, I'd just kind of think "yeah yeah whatever, I can't not have soda". I've learned that I can live without soda. Note: I still have a soda about once a week, but I now stick to 12 oz or less. The once a week still gives me a taste to help curb cravings, but I don't miss soda as much as I thought I would.
I've learned that the Spark community really is invaluable. Being more involved in the teams/Spark community has made a world of difference for me. The encouragment I receive when I'm having a bad day, or having a good day/meeting my goals is priceless. I thank each and every person that has taken the time to send me an encouraging note, Spark mail, goodie, etc. I also appreciate the blogs/Spark pages/message board notes of other members. Seeing that I'm not alone, and seeing examples of other people's successes (and even failures) helps give me motivation to stick with my goals.
I've learned I can change for the better. I look better, but more importantly I feel better. My body feels better in that I am able to do more physical activity without feeling like I want to die. My mental health feels better, I feel better about myself, and exercise really does help with stress relief and all of the other positive benefits you hear about but don't necessarily believe when you start exercising and feel ready to pass out/give up.
I've learned that in the end I have to make the decision to be sucessful. I can have all the encouragement in the world from my husband, family, coworkers, Spark community, etc. but at the end of the day I am the only person responsible for the decisions I make (food I eat and the exercise I complete).
Even if I have set backs, I can stick with this. I'm going to have weeks where I make all the correct decisions and the number on the scale isn't going to change; I may have days where I make all the wrong decisions and the scale moves in the wrong direction. However I can make the decision to stick with it and be successful (and sticking with this is being successful even if the scale doesn't reflect numbers I want it to).
Most importantly I've learned that I HAVE chosen to be successful and that I am going to continue to chose to be succesful until I meet all my goals.