Taking Positive Action on Backsliding

Check in

Current weight: 166

Since last check-in : no change

Total weight lost:  42.5 lbs.

Where, oh where, have I been? Up and down – literally. The last I came to this blog was the end of June – my birthday and what a great day that was! I had lost 42.5 lbs. and was on top of the world. My goal was to enjoy holidays and summer visitors. Come September, I would get to work on the second half of my weight loss journey.

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I loved this past summer – swimming, kayaking, fun times with granddaughters, hiking and squeezing every great moment out of time with visitors. All good. Checking back on my Fitbit app – I averaged 164 to 166 lbs. through June, July and August. Swell – just as planned, maintaining my 40 lb. loss.

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Then came September and I felt geared up to get back on the weight loss horse. I struggled to re-establish my scheduled one fast day per week and my previous healthy eating plan. I had thought my only obligation would be food preservation (canning, freezing etc.) with the garden producing big time this year. But we continued to have visitors through the whole month. I was overly busy and stressed. My weight continued to vary 164 to 166 lbs. and I couldn’t get back to losing.

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All of a sudden, it was October. We scrambled to get all projects around the place done so we could take a three-week trip. Again, wonderful times! We did a 12K walk in the snow on an old rail bed across some amazing trestle bridges, another great day of hiking a lake loop for 10K. Our trip was organized around real hiking and that was awesome. But holidaying, though so necessary and super fun, was not conducive to weight loss. I started to average 169.

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Got home with the expectation of getting straight back to weight loss. No problem that I was two months past the date planned for such work. Better late than never. But a week went by, my weight was up to 172 and I simply couldn’t stop eating. I was in dangerous waters and coming close to going over the falls!

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Time for serious action! I have relocated myself to a bigger center from my isolated home for the next 6 weeks. I’ve joined a local Weight Watchers group and I am on an incredible exercise regime. I have people around me who are keeping me accountable and though I hadn’t anticipated needing such a resource … WOW … am I ever glad I made the decision to take action to find something that would work. I simply couldn’t face letting all my work in the first half of this year slip away in the last half. I’ve been on that roller coaster cycle before and, believe me, it is no fun.

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So, I am now immersed in the world of Weight Watchers … tracking points and weigh-ins. Truth be told, I’m loving it! The group is great, the app is super engaging and I’ve lost 6.4 lbs. Life is good. Back to where I wanted to be as I move into the second half of my weight loss journey. Wow, me. You go, girl!

Moral of the story? Just act. We don’t always know when we decide what we’ll do if the action is totally right, but we can adjust as we go. The important thing is to act.

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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