Monday, March 12, 2007

March Madness!

Old business: He finally called. We've talked. That's really all I want to say about it now. Thanks to all of you for your sympathy and support over the past month; I've come out the other side and I couldn't have done it without you!

New business: March Madness Challenge!

"When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself."
– Isak Dinesen
My "Fabulous February Finale" challenge to reach 255.5lbs by February 28 fizzled before it started. The good news is that despite my emotional difficulties these last couple of weeks, I continued working out regularly and watching my food intake and the perseverence has paid off: Saturday morning, March 10, 2007 I weighed 255.5lbs!!! WOOHOOO!!! I can't even begin to tell you how thrilled I was to see that number on the scale. I FEEL GREAT!! It just reminds me that if I do what I'm supposed to do everyday, even if it doesn't seem to be making a difference, it IS!
That success has galvanized me and I'm ready to spring forward into my next goal: "March Madness Challenge to Weigh 249". There are 19 days left in March, but I'm not going to stress over the timeline. The point is to reach the goal, and I don't care if it happens a few days early or a few days late, so long as I succeed. Ultimately, I'd like to be able to fit into a size 18W pants/jeans by my birthday (May 8), which means I'd probably need to weigh about 240-245. I can do this if I just focus, FOCUS, FOCUS!
Friday's Daily Dose entitled "I Changed My Mind" struck a chord with me. The gist? Weight loss changes not only one's physical appearance, but the way one thinks as well. It's happening to me. For example, over the past few months I've desired to spend more time outdoors: I want to go to the beach, the park, DisneyWorld, etc. I want to wear tank tops and shorts and go to baseball games. I want to visit Europe and walk the streets of Italy, Paris and/or London, not worrying that I'll get too tired. Til now, my favorite activities have been to hole up at home reading a book or watching TV. But now, I have ENERGY and I want to get out and explore. I also don't find myself spending as much time worrying that other people are staring at and making fun of me as I walk down the street. Progress. ;-)
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