Day 41 - it’s a wrap
Friday, February 01, 2019
Finished another week, another month on a high note. Still on a perfect run, for 41 days, lost 17lbs in January, now slowing to about 3-4 lbs a week, eventually to about 2-3.
Considering the inevitable plateaus, the occasional slip and a slower pace, I am well on target to reach my goal of 225lbs (165.8lbs to go) in 559 days. A weekly target weight loss of 2.07lbs will get me there......well, mathematically......
Yet, I have this absolute confidence that this is it. That the changes I am making are leading me to a healthy me. I am in control of what I eat, I plan my week, plan the next day, and anticipate the challenges ahead. I have control of my choices and I am able to say no.
I am not starving myself, but keep the food intake tight. I meet my water goal daily and keep track of everything I eat. I recognize when I have a craving, but manage to focus on what my priorities and goals are.
The thing is, I know getting to the target weight is probably not the issue. It will be a challenge to stay on track, it is an enormous task and a long journey, but it can be done by sheer determination and willpower. I can “gamify” the journey, can be extremely disciplined and stubborn when I want to “prove” something. It will be maintaining the weight, making the habits stick, admitting that this is a change in lifestyle and choices that’s going to take the most effort. So, I have 559 days to establish these lifelong habits, to focus on the journey that is to follow the immediate journey of loosing the weight.
When I was in school I was fit, school champion in track and field, played soccer, etc. - once I started my first job that went out the window and I went to the gym once, and never was active, outside of work. At work, I was extremely physically active for the next 20 years, so I was basically morbid obese, but kind of fit. Until about 2 years ago I easily got my 10,000 steps in at work. These days I am at a desk and don’t get much exercise.
The secret for me will be will be to establish habits around exercise, to find something I like. I loved hiking when I was around hills and mountains, but South Florida doesn’t have that (so, here is my first excuse....) Biking would be great, I used to like that. I know this is the thing I have to get to, get motivated for. I am absolutely positive that I will figure this out in the next 559 days. I am planning to add treadmill walks in the near future, then hope get motivated to walk the dog, then buy a weight machine (gym may never be my cup of tea).
I can and I WILL. I know what needs to get done and I WILL do it. I will stop with excuses and not let anything get in the way of not just losing weight, but also getting fit, and I will CHOOSE to exercise, even if I may never love it.
Day 41, 34.2lbs down - 165.8lbs or 559 days to go to 225
6 days smoke free
...and I am really proud of myself