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Losing weight without a deadline (and Warrior Dash pics!)

Monday, August 26, 2013

I had a little epiphany today. I was thinking about all the times I've gained/lost/gained/lost in the past and they all have one thing in common. I was either: (A) depressed and not eating, or (B) had a "deadline" like a wedding or vacation I wanted to lose weight for.

So it feels really weird to be losing without those things, now. I honestly think this is the first time in my life that I've lost weight because I want to feel good about my body and be healthy instead of with a predetermined "goal" in mind. Sure, I have a "goal" I've set here on SP, but it's arbitrary and I only have it because I'm goal-driven and I like seeing my progress toward the "magic number." But overall, I'm very happy and blessed in both my personal and work life right now, and I don't have any deadlines coming up that I want to lose weight for. I'm just losing and toning because I want to, at my own pace. It feels AMAZING! Without my "deadline" to worry about, I feel so much less anxiety about making perfect choices all the time.

Speaking of less-than-perfect choices...the hubby and I took a road trip to Des Moines, Iowa this weekend for Warrior Dash. We had a BLAST! But I had a lot of alcoholic beverages and pretzels and chicken wings and all sorts of things a dedicated Spark-Girl should not have :) But that's okay. I have no deadline and I'm now back on track.



Also, had to share this picture from our trip to the Dominican last month. I'm still about 20 pounds from my ultimate goal weight but it felt great to be able to be confident on the beach, even though I'm not exactly where I want to be. :)



Here's to finishing August strong and looking forward to an even better month in September!

Shannon
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  • MISHAMW
    Glad you had fun at the Warrior Dash! What an accomplishment that is!

    You look amazing by the way!

    Keep up the good work, and try not to be to hard on your self!
    2888 days ago
  • FARRAH511
    you look AWESOME!

    Congratulations!!!<
    BR>
    Farrah
    2888 days ago
  • FITFRANNIEK
    you look GORGEOUS! love it and love how happy you look! i had a bunch of friends go up to Des Moines this weekend for warrior dash too! sounds like you had a great time!
    2889 days ago
  • DRTOVAH
    Glad you don't have a 'deadline' and under pressure. This should make for less stress and worry
    2889 days ago
  • ARUNNINGKAT
    It is good to feel blessed and not stressed by fitness goals! Congrats on reaching that point in life right now! The photos of you and your hubby are super cute!
    2889 days ago
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