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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
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    Good job. "Failing to plan is planning to fail", so you're on the right track with all your planning. And the quitting smoking is awesome.
    805 days ago
    Well done congratulations
    805 days ago
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