so here I am within about three pounds from my arbitrary goal. my mom sez I'm looking "scrawny" and need to back off for a bit. she is right. I am looking a bit scrawny. but I'm only about three pounds up from the goal I set. I hate to quit before I'm through. I'm too close to stop now, and three pounds less won't make me look any scrawnier.....
who would have thought? I must confess that I never expected to be this light again in my life. all I had hoped for was to lose 15, maybe 20 pounds. I have a short little span of attention, and I have NEVer stuck with a "diet" for more than a couple of weeks. but I've never been as heavy as I became after the Medical Mishap, and I never knew I COULD lose weight.
I have never climbed a mountain, but I think I know how. I learned on MFP. and now, having lost over 50 lbs, I think I qualify as an Expert and will share what I have learned.
here it is: it really IS like climbing a mountain.
FIRST: look at that peak. SEE the place where you want to be. check back frequently to be sure you are heading in that direction. understand that it will not be easy (if it were, you would be skinny already), but it can be done. and you can do it.
SECOND: having fixed that goal in your mind, set your eyes on the little steps that take you toward that goal. watch out for loose pebbles that could turn into slides. THINK before you make that step. you don't have to go in a straight line, sometimes a side-step is a really good thing. just don't go backwards. place each foot firmly. CLAIM your progress.
THIRD: don't rush. hurry makes you careless. take time out to appreciate the view. then glance up at the goal again to be sure you are going in the right direction. be patient and just keep going. enjoy the trip.
FOURTH: if you fall down or sit down, rest a minute and get back up. see where you are going. see where you've been. this is what "plateaus" are for. it is very important to look back from time to time. seeing the distance you have come reminds you that you CAN reach that goal. but only if you don't quit. don't quit.
FIFTH: align yourself with others who are making the same climb. their success feeds your success; your success feeds theirs. we all need to hear applause, encouragement, or a "therethere, patpatpat" from time to time. disengage from any who might hold you back. (in mountain-climbing, as in Life, choose your friends wisely, for you will become like them.)
SIXTH: once you have attained your goal, accept it as your New Reality. celebrate how far you have come. rejoice. then forget about it. it is history. don't go there again.
SEVENTH: find a new goal.
so now, for me, what next? I want to continue with healthy, relatively "clean" eating and the (new) moderation I have learned on MFP. I want to Finally, Completely quit smoking. and as soon as I get past Frankenfoot, I will start exercising and trying to make my new scrawny body stronger and healthier.
yep. that's my goal, and I'm sticking with it.
I'm not through yet.