Friday, January 11, 2013

Happy Anniversary to the Improved Me

Hello, 2013!

It's been one year since I began my weight loss journey. To date, I've lost 92 pounds, and I feel terrific. Physically, I am in the best shape of my life. That fact doesn't mean I'm finished improving my body or losing weight. After all, I've still got 48 more pounds to lose before I hit my goal weight, and I really want the underside of my upper arms to cease resembling chicken wings.

My weight's been fluctuating a bit since mid-November, and I am disappointed that I didn't manage to end 2012 in a blaze of glory. It would be disingenuous for me to claim faultlessness and make false claims about being stuck on a weight loss plateau. I wasn't consistent with my calorie intake, but I did manage to exercise just not as long and often.

My family took a long awaited vacation during Thanksgiving week, and I definitely did not track my food consistently while away. I did, however, manage to run, lift, bike and workout on an elliptical on a vacation. That effort, my friends, is a giant life altering step for this gal. Setting aside time on a family vacation to workout was never a priority. I woke early and adjusted my schedule to offset some of those extra calories. Trust me, there were plenty considering how much I love frozen fru-fru drinks. "Why, yes! I'd love another pomegranate pina colada."

December was filled with holiday parties and delicious food. I managed to avoid drinking my calories, but brightly frosted sugar cookies, cheese, crackers and heavy meals undermined any headway I could make via exercise. I am just grateful that I escaped Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's without a major weight gain.

So, I start 2013 with 48 more pounds to lose, and realistically I'm not going to get all the weight dropped until the end of June. Drat! When I began last January, my calculation of losing 2 pounds per week meant I'd be done by February 2013. Obviously, that's not going to happen. bit I can't let the delay discourage me. I have to look at myself in the mirror and be proud of what I have accomplished.

From Finding Nemo, the blue tang fish Dory has a little ditty that comes to mind.

Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills, When life gets you down do you wanna know what you've gotta do?

No, I don't wanna know.

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.

Here I go... just keep losing, just keep losing, just keep losing, losing, losing. Now I'm stuck with that song in my head!

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