After almost 1 year of consistently logging food, regular exercise, and staying close to my calorie target I'm getting close to my goal body.
This morning I weighed in as overweight for the first time. Over the last year I have learned:
1 food is not the enemy
2 I enjoy exercise more when I train for an event
3 Going over is not an excuse to blow the rest of the day
4 Friends make this journey much easier
While I look and feel much better I haven't achieved all my goals for health or fitness. Because of this I have committed to improving my diet. I am excited to be working with a nutritional therapist and hopefully as I come closer to the end of my weight loss journey can enjoy the process of learning to eat clean, nutritious foods that will help me feel as good as I want.
This journey has been lots of fun and really much easier than I had any right to expect. Remember you can do almost anything for one day. So just follow your plan for today. If you are out of calories stop eating, go for a walk, or go to bed a little hungry. It won't kill you.
As you string these one days into weeks then into months you will be amazed by the results.
One note I have on not seeing "it" you won't and then you will. At the beginning the scale moved but I didn't look any different to myself. That first 100 pounds just didn't show. Then one day I saw "it". After another 50 pounds it was undeniable. Finally after another 15 I was starting to be happy with what I saw in the mirror.
Early in my loss my health improved, in the middle my performance and life improved, it wasn't until near the end my appearance improved. Keep the faith, enjoy every win along the way. I promise you can get what you want if you consistently do the right things.
Good luck and joyous journey. Don't fight the process. Everything I have gotten has been worth so much more than the trivial things I gave up along the way.