Hi Journal & Friends,
This first S.O.S. Giveaway has been fun for me!
Vevie and Butterfly talked it over, then Vevie picked the winner. I put all the names on little slips of paper, crumpled them up, and let her attack them.
And the Winner she picked: Nancy, at Blue Skies and Low Carb Pies
Congratulations, Nancy! Please email me your address, and I will send out your prize by snail mail.
Guess what? Vevie was having so much fun, she picked a second winner! Okay... I really picked the runner up... "judges wildcard." LOL!
The 2nd Place winner is: Mamajuliana, at Abide and Endeavor! And the prize? Two 4ft tall, well-mannered, highly intelligent... GIRAFFES!! Please email me your address, and I will send them out post-haste.
And now on to something more serious... I finally realized, after some recent comments, that there is a misunderstanding about my "progress".
I keep forgetting that most people have not been with me from the beginning of this blog. Over this past year, I've written several times about my weight loss journey. But I think I need to do a short update. I value honesty and integrity, and wouldn't want anyone to feel misled.
I would never want to fool anyone into thinking I am some kind of weight loss Wonderwoman. However, I DO deserve two awards:
1. The Stubborn & Relentless Award... I'll never quit, no matter what.
2. The Triumphant Turtle Award... it may take me a long time, but I WILL get there.
Someone mentioned they thought I had come a long way in a mere year. I would LOVE for that to be true... but it's just not. Here is what is on my sidebar:
Highest wt: 460
Day 1 ReStart: 388
Current Wt: 330
Goal wt: 199
Total Lost: 130
I started this journey several years before this blog, lost 70-ish pounds, then got stuck going up and down the same frustrating 20 pounds. BUT... I also realized that this was the first time in my whole life that I didn't regain it all back and then some. Progress.
Then in March of 2009, at 398 pounds, I stopped eating sugar and flour. I lost another 10 pounds right away, then got stuck again. But, again, I didn't regain. Progress.
I needed more support. I had NONE at home at that time. I was desperate. I WANTED this. Enough to out myself, my photo, my weight, my truth and my heart, to the whole world.
Scared silly? Absolutely.
For some of us, the pain of staying the same becomes MORE than the pain of change. And we choose to reach for more... to claim it... to do whatever it takes.
That is why I am always harping about choice. Our God-given freedom to choose. Yes, there are other parts to it. I had to find the nutritional plan that worked for me. I had to find support. I had find exercise I could do that didn't injure me. I learned that tracking calories was an extremely helpful tool for me.
It takes effort. It takes determination. I've had to make it a priority. I've had to root out excuses.
But bottomline, NONE of that would have happened if I had not chosen to reach for it.
August 14th, 2009 I started this blog, and I was 388 pounds.
So you see, it's been one year since my blog started, and I have lost 58 pounds. I STARTED to write "only" lost 58 pounds. But you know what?? I have lost 58 pounds, and have kept it off, and am still losing.
Slow? Yeah. But it's progress. And I'll take that.
I don't want anyone to feel like I have been trying to fool them. I am 59 years young, and have a few reasons that I lose a little slower than you younger chickies. But I AM losing.
No matter who you are, you can do it. It may take awhile to iron out the bugs... to find the plan that is right for you. But it all starts by making the choice to DO it. I believe God answered the cry of my heart, and eventually I found all the components I needed to make this work. I am STILL learning as I go.
But if we never quit, we will get there. After all:
the snail reached the ark."
Today's Peek at the Past
Well, I am STILL learning how to be Consistent!
From Day 4:
This journal is for Finishing, not for beginning. I am new to low carbing, but not to "changing", not to learning how to "change my mind"...to finding that final missing piece of the puzzle, and then putting it all into action.
Along the way, I have learned about a few things, and one of the most important is the need to be CONSISTENT in these things:
...in my daily Routines....making exercise non-negotiable...no excuses...not letting anyone rob my success from me...adequate and quality sleep...enjoying the journey....planning ahead...daily spiritual input...daily mental/motivational input...finding my passion/purpose...learning this is a spiritual journey...
From Dr Phil's book: "You and only you choose how you feel. Others may provide an event or behavior for you to react to, but it is up to you to choose how you feel about them."
My verse for today: "May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you."
My quote for today: "With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable." --Thomas Foxwell Buxton
Enjoy the Journey,