Friday, February 10, 2012

Progress report: Unofficial version

My mini-goal was to be 5 pounds down by Valentine's Day. I'm at not-quite-4 as of yesterday. I will be weighing in again on Monday and updating my measurements, which I should have done this Monday but forgot.

I am really happy to be losing weight again after watching my weight creep up in the last couple of months. One major reason is that I had been going to physical therapy instead of working out, and that definitely made a difference. Also, despite the claim that exercise makes people hungrier and just results in more eating, I think exercise relieves a lot of stress for me and that heads off some of the stress eating.  This is why I like intense exercise so much -- it burns off a lot of nervous energy.  I have been doing Spinning three or four times a week since I can't run yet.

I haven't cut my calories back that much yet, so I am feeling pleased with the slow-but-steady weight loss I have been having.  Those few pounds have already made a difference, in my confidence, at least.  I see a lot more definition in my waist and am fitting back into my size 12 dress slacks again. My shopping trip last Saturday also did a lot for my confidence.  I really find that when I feel good about myself, it's a lot easier to stick to my health goals.

Besides, it's fun.  I like the food I'm eating and the workouts I'm doing.  I really want to live like this forever.  Hitting a weight goal isn't going to change that.

4 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your loss! You are doing vey well. It's such a good feeling to be making progress after struggling for a while.

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  2. This all sounds so positive and sustainable and just bloody wonderful. Really happy for you Jen :)

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  3. The last two lines of this blog are very powerful- reaching goal shouldn't be the END of anything, it's just the start. The fact that you are aware of that is a great sign that you will be a long term weight loss success story.

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  4. You have such an awesome healthy attitude! I love when I get in that eating healthy and working out groove and feel so good!

    Yay for almost being to your goal! :) You've got it!

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