Final History Chapter–Back to the Future

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What a journey. Today’s post marks the end of my mid-week strolls down memory lane. Have you enjoyed the story so far? As Tyrion says, “There is nothing in the world more powerful than a story.” So, let’s catch up to the now.

In 2017, my daughter gave me her old FitBit. I fell in love with the little gadget. I started tracking and though I wasn’t seeing a big change in my weight, I was aware of my activity level like I’d never been before. This was the beginning of the final stage of preparation for serious weight loss. Though I didn’t know it at the time, I was establishing baseline data and charting future action.

I started 2018 with a commitment to daily meditations and journal reflections using Daily Om online courses. I focused on topics such as clearing what is hold you back, Buddhist communication and letting go of weight. I stuck with this routine for months. I upped my activity level, walking a minimum of 5K every day. My weight fluctuated from a low of 208 lbs. to a high of 212 lbs. Despite the lack of weight loss, I had a wonderful year. I got totally off my blood pressure meds. I continued to use the FitBit and the FitBit app for my phone. I was getting prepared for a more active stage of change.

For Christmas, I requested the Aria2 FitBit scale. Someone asked my husband, “Did your wife ask for this scale specifically because if not, women don’t necessarily appreciate getting a scale as a gift. Sort of sends a message, you know?” Too true. I can imagine other years when I would have been outraged to receive such a ‘gift’.

On Jan. 3, 2019, I began my weight lose journey. And there you have it – you’ve come with me on quite a trip over the last weeks. From the little girl hiding a box of tapioca pudding under my bed to the almost 62 year-old me starting yet another weight loss attempt.

If the retelling of my history of weight loss and gain has shown me anything, it is this – I need accountability to succeed. This blog, the FitBit, the FitBit app, the Aria2 scale, friends and family who know how much sticking with my plan means to me – all these things call me to be true to my dreams.

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Accountability = Awareness Smile

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Change takes time and many of the stages of change are about getting ready. I see my entire weight loss history as the necessary time it took to be ready for what is happening to me now.

So, one journey comes to an end and another begins. Next week, I am off on holidays to visit family and friends. And from now on, you will only hear from me once a week when I do my weight check-in post.

Many, many thanks to anyone out there in the blogosphere we took the time to read my posts. Everyday is precious, every moment matters. Why me, why now? Why not?

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Setting New Short-Term Goals

Check in

Current weight: 167

Lost this week: 2 lbs.

Total weight lost:  41.5 lbs.

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Sitting at my desk working on this blog post! Nothing like capturing the moment.

Setting goals and celebrating milestones is an important part of any weight-loss journey. My first short-term goal was to get below 200 lbs. Done. Then, I wanted to get back to the weight I was after my first child was born – 189. Done. Next, what I weighed after my 2nd child – 175. Done. Okay, what about what I weighed the first time I ever joined Weight Watchers – 169. Done. And there was all the five lb. increment goals – 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40! Done.

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So, celebrating the milestones is important. Equally important is charting a course through the weight-loss waters ahead!

On June 4th, I head out for some holiday fun. I will be spending three weeks away from home with family and friends. As July gets underway, we will have kids and grandkids with us in our home for a month. I am looking forward to the upcoming trip and to the energy I expect to have for entertaining grandkids when I return home – swimming, kayaking, hiking – all the great summertime activities.

Short-term goals for the next two months:

1.  I don’t expect to lose weight while travelling. I also don’t expect to gain! My goal is to hold steady.

2.  Though fasting is not going to be part of travelling, I am planning to try intermittent 16/8 fasting – one picks the time frame most suited to fasting daily for 16 hours and allowing 8 hours in which food will be consumed. What would work the best for me is to stop eating at 6:00 pm and not start again until 10:00 am the next day. That may have to be adjusted to when people serve dinner. Flexibility is key.

3.  I will be keeping up with activity  levels! I’m excited about how walking at least 12 km. daily for more than a couple of months has built my endurance. I am planning to be busy and in motion.

4.  I will try new things!

Next Sunday will be my last regular check-in post until into July. Being away from my own Aria2 FitBit scale means I won’t be weighing in on a regular basis until I return home. I hope to post holiday pics now and then. We’ll see how everything goes.

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Busy planting pole beans these days – a weight-loss staple food for me. I love green beans – fresh or canned.

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Check in

Current weight: 170

Lost this week: 2 lbs.

Total weight lost:  38.5 lbs.

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Above photo … our spring green bed. It’s overflowing with chard, spinach and beet tops. We’ve chowed down on huge salads out of this bed every single night for almost two months!

One of my motivations for losing weight was my desire to be a more active in our garden. I often joked to others – I don’t like gardening, I like being in the garden, though. Sad, really – that is what overweight and lack of energy brought me to. A garden is something that demands active involvement. Gardening is not a participant sport! To only be in the garden without being active is to only be partially alive.

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So, now, I am not only a lover of the gardener. I am a gardener, too. I plant, nurture, weed, harvest and preserve. I’m currently babying along over 200 pole bean plants – first sprouting the seeds, then planting the sprouts into dirt in small containers and eventually they will be out to our garden. I’ve been actively involved in filling our greenhouse with plants grown from seed for our vegetable and flower gardens.

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More of my babied beans, bush beans this time, in their own little bean crib are loving the sunny weather this week.

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Raspberry plants in the background and another raised bed with tons of yummy radishes ready to pick, along with rows of carrots.

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Having the energy to be an active participant in gardening is pure joy Smile