Goal! I made it! It is worth it!

If you noticed, my count down timer is done! Amazing that it’s been a year. Amazing that I have held back that weight for three months now. Amazing that I don’t feel like this is the end but just another leg in the journey.

All the new year resolution articles and blogs on weight loss are pummeling my inbox, websites, and MFP app. It reminds me how inspired I was by those and read them exhaustively looking for the wisdom to get me on and keep my journey for a life of healthy living. I learned a lot. I’ve changed a lot.

So, it is making me crazy that this year I’m noticing another type of article popping up. The one that talks about the downside of weight loss. Business Insider released a video on the dark side of losing weight. Another article talked about how weight is genetic. Both seem to be saying that overweight and obesity are something you are just going to have to live with. This is just bull$h!t.

You can lose weight and do it without feeling completely deprived, hangry all the time, and without losing will power. It’s called addressing the life change not the weight change.

Genetics might predispose you to a certain metabolism, but if you don’t exercise and eat poorly, you get fat and your body reduces your metabolism. Regardless of genetics, you can reverse that and get yourself back to your genetic norm.

Depression can creep in if you aren’t eating a healthy balanced diet. Off set that with avoidance of diet fads and even super food fads. Just eat right and balanced. Don’t deny yourself; keep perspective on portions and macro balance. If you are worried, see your doctor and get tested for deficiencies. Also, get rewarded as you see your blood pressure and cholesterol levels improve after all that healthy eating.

The commentary out there that allows people to accept obesity and overweight bodies is just wrong and dangerous. The health risks are clear. Eating a diet of highly processed and prepared foods is demonstrating drastic changes to our immunological systems. Increased girth and increased visceral fat contributes to heart disease, cancer, depression and dementia.

Being overweight and obese is not okay. It is hard to shed the pounds and change habits. But don’t let these articles give you an excuse that being fat is in anyway permanent and destined. Every pound you lose puts you at less risk. Every pound you lose lets you do more of the things you want to do. Every pound you lose is a win for life.

Am I through with my chubby girl journey? Absolutely not. Will I gain weight back? I really really really am trying to not to let that happen. I don’t even let myself go over 110, even thought I was originally allowing a 5 pound insurance policy. I have a healthy paranoia today that I’ve never had before as at 48 it would only be much MUCH tougher to do this again. The decision to be healthy has to be your obsession to get you through to goal and keep your goal.

A little secret, I’ve been doing this journey slowly.  If I miss a day of exercise, I yearn for doing it. If I eat poorly one day, it makes me feel physically sick. A healthy body cues you to keep up healthy living.

It is worth it. Ask anyone that’s done it and is keeping it off. It is worth it.


Healthy Living: Adding and Not Subtracting

I caught a blog title on MFP today that talked about adding rather than removing. It’s so true! This past year was all about losing the weight. Reducing bad food from my diet. And shedding the old me for a new me. Instead, what if I had taken another outlook which was about gaining?

Now, the 5 suggestions are pretty basic and I’m sure geared toward those getting ready to embark on the obvious New Year’s resolution of getting back in shape, getting healthy, and shedding pounds (drink more water, get more sleep, eat more fiber, add in healthy fats. It was the last one that peaked my interest – try a new workout.

It was timely. Except for a day of skiing, my workouts consist of treadmill runs. Too cold for SUP – we were at 9 degrees today. Same for hiking. I want to go ice skating at city hall, but again, its frigid out there. I keep thinking I’ll hit a gym and then I can’t get my butt out of the house to sign up. So, if I can’t do that there isn’t much chance I’ll go.

What I did do without prompting from that article is pick up my body bars the other day. I have 5, ranging in weight form 5 pounds to 14. I grabbed the 10 pound one and did squats and arm exercises after my run. It doesn’t take more than ten minutes. Though, it does give me a workout!

Arms do okay as I will pick up my bars and do arm work after runs a couple times a week. It was the squats that awakened some muscles I forgot I had. I have no idea what you call this muscle, but it is in the back inside of my thigh. It is stiff, and sore, and kept me from keeping up with Tom at Target today. He had a grand old time speeding up as I walked faster and faster until I realized he was messing with me. The only good thing was that I had to really open up my stride which helped stretch those muscles and make them feel a bit better.

I’m not sure how working these muscles will change my legs. I’m only hoping that muscle is attached to my butt and it takes out some of the old lady sag. I’m also wondering if this will help my skiing even thought this isn’t a muscle that seemed to be challenged after the other day.

Anyway, I added squats. Not a big thing. Just something to say that its no longer about giving something up but gaining something back.