Eating healthfully, Exercise and Education -- my learnings about weight loss and life-long health
Monday, October 17, 2011
Why I Persevere
For the past 18 months or so, I've weighed pretty much the same. I'm about 35 pounds down from where I started my weight loss journey in the fall of '09 and still have a good 60 pounds to lose, possibly more.
During the past 18 months, I've stuck with my calorie ranges, I've exercised, I've had extremely limited times of going off plan and those times have been rare, indeed. I've learned to take a holi-DAY and not a whole week or month off plan. I've dealt with illness, visitors and schedule changes. I've exercised as much as 10 hours a week and as little as 2. I've had 3 visits to the internist to have my thyroid medicine levels checked. I've adjusted what I eat, when I eat, how much I sleep, how I exercise, and everything else I can think of to adjust. Still, I basically weigh the same.
You may wonder, then, why I persevere. The answer is really quite simple: I persevere because I am worth it.
I am 52 years old. In this decade, I am setting the foundation for my old age. I am worth having fresh produce in the house. I am worth the time it takes to plan, shop for and prepare healthy meals. I am worth setting aside enough time to exercise and to sleep. I am worth a long and lively old age!
I hang in there because in the past 2 years, I have reduced my health risk by 200%. My triglycerides, cholesterol and blood pressure are fantastic. I eat more fiber than a rabbit. I am a stronger, fitter, healthier, happier person than I have ever been before. I'm still not athletic, but I am certainly more capable and confident about sports and exercise than I ever was as a thin teen.
I persevere because I want to set a good example for my 5 children and because I plan on getting a big bunch of grandkids out of them! I persevere because those who know better should do better and I am one who knows better! I keep on going because I do believe I will one day overcome whatever is blocking me now and I will achieve my goal. I stick with it because I have learned so much that I can never "unlearn." I persevere because what I am learning is benefiting others.
I am worth it . . . and you are too. Dream big but work hard too. One day we will both get there.
I have a successful marriage of 21 years and five wonderful children who amaze and challenge me every day. I am a Special Ed Teacher, a professional Life Coach, a Certified Personal Trainer and an advocate for children. I have an amazing, full-on, wonderful,crazy life. What more can I ask?