Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Just keep walking, just keep walking

Over the Memorial Day weekend I made it to my second 10% of weight loss. Yay me! I was so shocked when I made it because I didn't think I would make it until a few weeks later, but hey, I'll take it!

Now, I just need to lose a little bit more weight to reach my goal to being at a healthy weight. I'm two pounds short of losing a total of 40 pounds! I can't believe that I've made it this far. Some weeks (like this one), I've overeaten, and I still struggle to find my balance of feeling full vs this food is so good I need to keep eating vs I want something sweet/salty and I'm not quite sure what food that is yet so I'll keep eating until I've found it. I haven't struggled too much with the last one, but at times it HAS been a challenge.

Other weeks it's been no problem staying on program. A few weeks I've overworked my body and I've somehow 'gained' weight, but the following week I've lost some of it. Sometimes losing weight is SUCH hard work. I'm pretty sure some days it's been easy to put it on, too.

I've been overweight most of my life and have come to the conclusion that the time is NOW to get into a healthy lifestyle. Some of the tools are simply learning what a portion is and sticking to that portion, in addition of listening to my body when it's telling me that it's full. Life's a balance.

I'm confident that I can reach my goal by September of this year. I just have to remember what my goals are and keep those in mind when I'm struggling. AND keep exercising.

I'm VERY proud of myself at the fact that I've been exercising and have stuck with it. I've stepped up my workout so much so that three weeks agi I decided to join a gym three weeks ago. Since then, I have gone four to five times a week. It also helps that I have a great husband and friends/family who have been encouraging me along the way and help keep me honest and accountable.

I think that accountability is one of the key things to losing or maintaining weight. Be honest with yourself. The only person you're cheating is yourself. And in the cases where you cheat yourself and tell others you "haven't" eaten that cookie or you tell yourself that your piece of chocolate cake doesn't have as many calories as you think it has, think again. Those little lies are the ones that are going to prevent you from being healthy. To do those things once in a while, OK, it happens, we all slip up. But to do those things often is a recipe for disaster.

Just keep walking (or in the case of Finding Nemo, just keep swimming). Just keep doing what you do that inspires you and keeps you motivated and focused. Little by little, you'll get there. Reaching goal will be one of the most amazing accomplishments. I keep telling myself it will be worth it.

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