First: I am facing my obesity and the solution to my obesity every single day. Openly and honestly. I am no longer in denial. I have and am confronting my own big elephant in the room. I am FINALLY out of the closet about how much I weigh(ed). Posting that number (213) and including a record of THAT number were tangible ways that I embraced who I am in terms of my own obesity and marginal health right from the beginning. From the moment I published THAT number I have been free. Relieved. Calmed. Present. Out of prison. Determined. Facing that number, my own BIG elephant, head on and sharing it with my readers through this blog was one of the most important steps for me to initiate a forward trajectory to better health. You can see my photographic record on my photo page.
Second: Moving forward towards better health is easier than I ever thought it would be. Yes and NO Kidding! I am deeply committed and determined. Simple. Eat less. Move more. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Go easy on the junk foods. Words of wisdom from my favorite nutritionist, Marion.
Third: This blog. I started this blog as a way to keep me accountable and to FACE my elephant of obesity in a weigh (way) that I never did before. I never realized the empowering possibilities that would result from blogging nor the encouragement and support that I would receive from all of you, my readers and followers. It boggles my mind how readers whom I do not know in person and would probably not even recognize in the real world are such a large part of my supportive virtual community. Your simple and kind words wrap around me daily and help me overcome the temptations to stray from my path. I always know “You got my back!” Thank-you. Thank-you. Thank-you. Here are just SOME of the comments I received recently. Who could stray away when all these people are on your cheer leading squad??
- Go Michele! Man you are getting after it. Isn't that twice you said adios to two pounds lately?
- You are doing great, Michele, and I am so glad I'm here to watch your progress and be inspired by you.
- Sounds like you had a great week, Michele. You inspire me!
- Awesome Michele! Have a good weekend!
- Great job Michele! I also just lost 2 pounds bringing my total pounds lost to 18! I remember you said we started at the same time and it looks like we are losing the same too! Keep up the great work!
- Your posts have given me a much needed boost today, so thanks.
- FANTASTIC on the weight loss, but even better on the exercising this past week! Impressive!
- Things are just humming along for you, Michele. Congrats. You must feel pleased with your accomplishments so far. I always love reading your posts - so positive and encouraging. You enjoy your weekend too!
- Congrats on your success, I am most-inspired. I LOVE your approach and really appreciate what you share here. Enjoy the weekend! Janelle
- Keep it up - you are doing awesome!!!
- How great to hear from you, and to find your blog. I love it, and will be reading regularly!! We'll be in touch!
- Yay for you on the three months towards better health! That is what I would call a big accomplishment.
- Congratulations, Michele--you're doing great. I appreciate your introducing us to other bloggers. I think that's what this blog world is best at right now.
- Seriously? How great are you? Love this post; so much love it's palpable! AND thank you for your comment on my blog. You are a gem. Truly, Michele.
- From a fellow Minnesotan: I loved this post. Keep up the great work!
Which brings me to my fifth point: For years, I postponed regaining my health because there was a birthday, a party, a holiday, or a potluck on the horizon. You name it if it was an event, I gave my self a license to drive through it overeating at every stop. I did this by telling myself when this event was past (or next Monday or next month), I would start my getting healthy plan. I know now that I can eat healthy and weather my life’s events, including the death of a parent, numerous birthdays, World Cup Soccer, Vikings and Dodger games, summer BBQ’s, vacation, eating out and much more. As I wrote in an earlier post, it is the event that is important, not the food.
I am ready for the next three months! More than ready. When I celebrate my next three-month milestone we will be just past Christmas (December 26). You should all know that for the VERY FIRST time I am NOT worried about any of the holidays. Not one bit. I plan to take the suggestion of Sean Anderson and to budget an additional 1000 calories for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I also know that at my losing rate, I will be all together 30 pounds lighter on December 26 than when I started June 26. I can’t wait. I know you will be with me all along the way. You people rock!
Stay strong in your journey this week! Michele