|Before my fit life journey began at 420+ pounds, August 2009|
|After 18 months and 165-pound weight loss, at 255 pounds|
|After nearly 165 pounds of weight loss, with mom and dad, August 2011|
When I gained back 65 of the 165 pounds I'd fought so hard to lose, I once again recognized myself. And while I found comfort in this familiarity, the joy I'd felt when I was becoming that healthy and hopeful self faded as my round face and curvy body returned.
Over the past two years since the re-gain, I've struggled to get started with a new round of weight loss. I want to get down to 255 pounds again - and in fact I want to achieve my original goal of getting down to 225 pounds to completely overcome obesity once and for all - and I know how to do it. Getting started I can do. But sticking to a new regime for more than a month is proving incredibly difficult.
Tomorrow is my 44th birthday, and birthdays for me are always a good time to become motivated to make change. So here it is again. I'm setting a goal for myself to lose 65 pounds over the course of the next year. When I turn 45 I will celebrate my accomplishment. And when I am 50 I will celebrate five years of having kept the weight off.
To get started, I need to put a framework to my goals, reasons why accomplishing this weight loss is important to me. So here goes, these are the 10 things I want to result from losing weight and regaining the fitness I'd fought so hard to achieve a few years ago:
- I want to extend my probable years of mobility and stave off preventable disease by being kinder to my body.
- I want to wear clothes again - regular sized clothes, like XL, not 2XL or 3XL - without feeling like I'm pushing their limits.
- I want to go to the waterpark and not be turned away from the best waterslides because of my weight.
- I want to feel light on my feet and reduce the strain on my ankles, knees and hips.
- I want to be able to hike the highest mountains without having to slow down just to catch my breath.
- I want to ride my bike for miles and miles.
- I want to kayak without fear.
- I want to speed through the forest canopy on zip-lines with my friends.
- I want to be healthy and capable for my parents as they grow older
- I want to live a life that is not obsessed with filling my body but instead one that is happy because I'm fueling it.
|Unlike the trails I hike, my fit life journey's map is but outlined in my dreams|
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