I'm doing monthly updates on my New Year Goals. ONE THIRD of 2011 is now done and dusted!
The lovely Jennette wrote on her blog today:
I have often wondered if someone who's lost a ton of weight has to become a fitness and health fanatic for the rest of their life to keep it off, or if they can just integrate it into a normal part of the life that is not any more or less important than other things in their life.
Recently I was emailling with some podcast listeners about the Maintenance episode and we were pondering pretty much the same thing. The thought of having to be "hardcore" for the rest of your life was just totally depressing, quite frankly. But I've been thinking about it and I reckon what I've been doing this year is sustainable and realistic – healthy but not hardcore.
Sure, progress is happening at a glacial pace and thus I too shall be fat at Fitbloggin next week (loved Jennette's post there – ditto to all that!). But I feel so peaceful and positive right now, and a helluva lot happier than I did when I got to my so-called Happy Weight a few years ago.
- I'm not constantly thinking about food
- I no longer feel like I'm on any sort of wagon, poised to fall off at the slightest wobble
- I'm getting better every day at pausing before I eat to decide whether I am really hungry
- I no longer fear losing control around food
- There's no good or bad foods anymore. I'm starting to observe how different foods make me feel and choosing accordingly. Lately my body makes the choices more often than my mind, if that makes sense!?
- I can now recognise when I am feeling upset or angry or tired rather than hungry. Sometimes I still eat anyway, but the ability to pinpoint the real emotion just plain rawks!
- I'm getting better at doing what I need to do to feel sane and happy and not worrying about what others may think
- I am getting better at being honest with myself e.g. Are you really sooooo busy or just can't be arsed to go kickboxing?
- I'm getting better at dealing with problems and issues as they arise, instead of letting them rot and/or eating to supress the feelings.
All this progress feels SO HUGE to me but the changes aren't quite as big on the outside yet. I have no idea where all this will lead in terms of my size. I feel it is more important to keep working on the problem, rather than the symptom. The emotional eating, not the weight loss. I don't want to screw that up and get all obsessive just to get back into The Jeans of 2007.
I'll be honest. I would like to lose some weight, simply to have more choice of clothes and to have less wobbles in the way when I exercise. But I am prepared to be patient and focus on being consistent and sane. Ahhhhhhhh 🙂
April highlights (aside from the Zumba ferret dude of course):
- I hit my goal of exercising consistently, until the 'flu and a very loud and annoying cough slayed me in the last week
- I hit my goal of consistently planning meals. Amazing how that half an hour of effort every fortnight brings so much freaking CALM and order to everyday life
- I lost a grand total of one pound
- Food diary is still humming along. I tell you it is so satisfying to a spreadsheet lover to see four months of entries filled in!
Hope your May is going smashingly so far!