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A year of change

I meant to write this last week....I got busy. Sue me. =)

On May 10, 2011 I woke up determined to make a change. There are things I want to do. There are things I want to accomplish. There are places I want to go. I can't do that in this sized body. In one year I lost 35 lbs. Officially kept of over 20 (i.e. never bounced above a 20 lb loss) and on the one year anniversary I was 29 lbs lighter than I had been the year before. As of this morning, its 30 lbs.

Part of me goes "Dammit! Only 30 lbs in a freaking year? Why can't you do better than that you fat slob? Slacker!"
Another part of me goes "Hey. Not bad. Slow and steady wins the race. That's over a 1/2 a lb a week. The weight that comes down slow, stays off. Its working. Just keep at it."

I'm trying to listen to the second part more.

But it's hard. The first part is louder, and really? Its a chorus.

What did I learn in a year?
-I am seriously addicted to sugar. I can tolerate small amounts at a time (a single cookie, a small serving of ice cream, a single truffle) and not trigger the binge cycle. I also need to wait 2-3 days before having another bit or else I trigger the cycle. But overall, sugar makes me feel awful.
-Calorie loading in the morning with a nutrient dense smoothie at Breakfast works awesome.
-A really light dinner makes me feel good too. (Especially if I eat before I feed the children. When I'm fed, I can deal with Dinnertime with them much easier. Makes it a more pleasant experience for everyone.)
-So does not eating after 8PM.
-Movement and strength training, while it sucks while doing them, I like the results.
-Sleep is seriously important. If I'm tired, I crave comfort food.
-a liter of water in the morning is difficult to drink...but creates a great foundation for the day.
-Going Grain free is a serious pain in the ass! I thought Gluten Free was bad. Sheesh! But....I do feel better when I avoid them...all of them. Grains are a treat now. Oh...and I can no longer tolerate whole grain rice...its what sent me to the ER back in December. (Subsequent exposure has confirmed this) Rice turned into flour? No problem!
-Potato free is beyond insane. And I don't feel any different when I avoid them.
-I can choose to say no thanks. (this one is huge)

So, my goal from May 10, 2012 to May 10, 2013 is to repeat the exercise. I'll take another 30 lb drop. It gets me closer to where I want to be.

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inflectionpoint
May. 22nd, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Dude!

A 30 lb weight loss is a huge accomplishment. It is something to be proud of.

I'm guessing it is about 10% of your total weight, and in WW, you get a pin for it, because it is a BIG DEAL. I am proud of you!

(Fwiw, I'm down 5 lbs in three months. My goal is to lose another 10, for better climbing performance. There are things I can't do at my current weight that I want to do. And damn, but losing weight is HARD.)

You are doing great and I hope you are proud of yourself. It's hard work.

Are there any kinds of movement that you like better than others? (I hate strength training and love it at the same time, kinda a weird relationship.) If there are some that you like better, I'd try to get those to happen - I only started losing when I'd built up a reasonable amount of muscle, so now I am a fan of building muscle as part of losing weight.)

You are kicking butt! Go go go you!
aelfie
May. 22nd, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Its just a hair shy of a 10% weight loss. If I wanted I'd now qualify for Bariatric Surgery. (Which is something in the back of my brain. Not sure I want to do that yet)

Losing weight is hard no matter how much you have to lose.

Movement: I love to dance, its just fitting it into my schedule that's a bitch. And I'm working on healing my foot. I've got a lingering foot injury that makes it painful to do any movement (I do it anyway and just suck it up. Its getting better.) And I loathe strength training, but I agree...I feel better when I do it.

I saw a thingy at the Y advertising a team effort for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in October. I may train for that. A half marathon should only take about 4 hours (based on prior experience) and its nearly 5 months to train for it. I hate exercising and running, but I do like doing these group efforts.
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