Friday, January 29, 2010

There it is....

....that loss that has eluded me. 1.9 lbs. I am now down an even 20 lbs after 90 days of hard work! That averages out to about 1.5 lbs per week, which is a healthy rate of weight loss. Yay me!

Today is the final day of the 90 Day Fitness Challenge that I signed up for on November 1. I am proud of my accomplishments so far, and I look forward to what the next 90 days is going to bring!

Now, let's talk about my goals:

I have 30 lbs to go to get to my initial goal of 180 lbs. I am well on my way, I am feeling great and I am motivated to push forward. My very short term goal is to get to 207, which brings me to my 10% Weight Watchers goal (10% of 230=23 lbs). My goal beyond that, is to lose the 7 lbs to get me below 200. I am desperate to become a onederlander and get this weight off!

I am going to continue to workout at least 3-4x a week. I am getting into a real groove with my workouts, and the days where I don't workout, I actually miss it. What?? How did that happen?? :) I am going to keep on walking and running, and I have a goal to really kick it up a notch with my strength routine.

I am tossing around the idea of trying out a 5k. It freaks me out to even consider it, but I am getting the hang of running now, and it seems like it could fit into this journey quite well. Stay tuned for more on that later!!

I have been reading quite a bit about weight loss 'strategies' and other tips to keep me motivated. I came across this post about the scale. One thing that I am focusing way too much on is the scale and those darn numbers. I constantly battle the urge to step on it before I jump in the shower. Every single day! I want the instant satisfaction that the scale will bring me, but what I really need is to focus on why I am doing this in the first place. That Phit-n-Phat post says this:

"HARD WORK isn't always in the gym or in the kitchen. Often it's in the mind. It's ignoring the scale and looking at what you do to find results. That's not nearly as satisfying but it's more important."

Read it again, Emily. ^^^^ This is the way in which my thinking needs to be transformed. I have to look at the small things to really understand how I can make this a LIFESTYLE. Forever! Otherwise, I will just repeat another cycle of this "get skinny, get fat" business.

For the past 90 days, I have been basing my weight loss success off of the scale and inches lost. In this next section of my journey, I am going to make a valiant effort to use the scale LESS and to use my brain MORE. It sounds ridiculous, but it's really not! Continue to journal, but eat if you are hungry. Maybe you have a day where you just aren't that hungry; so eat less! If the scale doesn't give you what you want that week, make adjustments, but don't fall into a pit because of it. See? My thinking is changing already! While I mentioned my goals above, I also need to remind myself that these are just benchmarks. The real satisfaction will come from gaining a healthy lifestyle that I can live with forever!

Thank you again for your support as I make this journey. It's been so helpful to have this place to help me along, and I am looking forward to the next several months as well :)


Kerri said...

Congrats on your loss so far! That's something to be proud of.

Rach said...

What an accomplishment! Congrats on your journey thus far. You're doing such an amazing job.

Amanda said...

Great job Emily!!!!!! And yay for healthy weight loss!

kristen said...

You're doing so great! And a 5k... woo! I know you can do it :)

PS - I love how colorful and happy your blog is :)