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First Goal Accomplished

Friday, September 02, 2011

I am finally under 300lbs.! I had tears in my eyes when I saw that I was 299lbs. this morning. That's 50 pounds lost since January, and 39 of those pounds lost since the end of April when I joined Sparkpeople and began the 17 Day Diet. I started off losing quickly, but the loss has slowed to 1.5 - 2.5 pounds per week. In the past, I wouldn't have been happy with that per week loss. I would have been discouraged because I wanted the weight to just magically melt off quickly. If I didn't keep seeing fast results, I would just give up. My last blog in July expressed that frustration and I almost did quit.

First, thank you to all my Spark friends who encouraged me to persevere and continue to support me.

I added other things to my tool box to help me on my way:
- I've learned that a slow loss per week doesn't matter as much as the fact that this diet is so doable. It feels so natural to eat like this, that I don't mind being on it. It's when I feel deprived on a diet that I want a fast result to show on the scale. Those aren't the diets you can stay on for life. I can eat like this for the rest of my life.
- I continually try to practice mindful eating. If I don't, I mindlessly shovel food into my mouth long after my hunger is satisfied.
- I identified my triggers i.e. those things that led me to eat when I wasn't truly hungry, like watching TV at night or various emotions. I made a list and next to them wrote alternate things to do besides eat. For example, at night while watching TV, I keep my hands busy with crochet or I just chew sugar free gum. When I want to eat something outside of meal times, I have learned to ask myself what I'm feeling. Is it an emotion making me crave something or is it true hunger?
- I've learned to read how my body reacts to the food I eat. I discovered that I really don't tolerate wheat well.
- I've learned that processed foods and artificial sweeteners are to be avoided because they increase my hunger and cravings.
- I've learned that splurging is much better than cheating. In the past, on other diets, I would "cheat" and then figure that since I already "blew it", I might as well over- indulge for the rest of the day. Then I'd feel overwhelmed with guilt and just quit because I felt like a failure.
Now if there's something I have a craving for, I tell myself that I will allow myself to have it tomorrow. I know that I can at least wait 24 hours. When morning comes, my urge is gone. There are times when I plan ahead to splurge for one meal on one day (maybe once a month). I don't keep bingeing all day. I don't feel guilty afterwards, because it was planned. It actually helps me stay on track.
- Finally, I've learned that the scale is not the only barometer of success. It also matters that I feel better physically and I've gone down several sizes. If the scale doesn't show a loss every 3 days, I'm not going to get discouraged, because I know that it will eventually move down.

I'm aware that I have a lot more to lose, but I have also learned that it's a long road race not a short track. All my little victories add to my self esteem. Everytime I don't quit, everytime I resist eating something not on my plan, it adds to my confidence. If I keep track of all my little victories and successes, no matter how small or insignificant they seem at the time; I can draw from those whenever I need motivation. I have faith now that I can eventually reach the finish line.

Thank you all again!

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    Hello! I'm back on Sparkpeople after waiting for my knee to heal, and had to see how you were doing. I love this post! Thank you for it! I learned new tips on how to "stick with it" ( I love the waiting 24 hours idea), and you motivated me to move forward. Congrats on your success!! Way to go!
    3466 days ago
  • GABBY308
    Not 89 yet - I meant that most of the weight I lost on the 17DD.

    3478 days ago
    What an inspirational blog. It doesn't get easier as we age. So it truly is a struggle. You lost 89 lbs. WOW. All I can say is you are doing it right. So glad I have met you. emoticon
    3479 days ago
    how ever did i miss your blog about this wonderful event? I knew you had made your goal...I was sure I had congratulated you, but now I can't find any evidence of that...


    forgive me my friend for being so very late to the game!!

    I am so proud of you! What a great accomplishment and I'm so glad to be along side of you on your journey!

    love you!!
    3488 days ago
    What a wonderful post! I am sorry that it took a while to catch up with you. This has really been a life altering year for you. You should really be proud of the personal improvement you have gained these last few months. Congratulations on your sucess, and I look forward to your next great milestone.

    Keep up the great work. What is being changed on the inside is being reflected on the outside.
    3494 days ago
    Yes, yes, yes! May the emoticon continue! emoticon

    I am (naturally) a firm believer in babysteps--consistent small changes that add up to big progress over time. I always worry when I hear friends make grandiose plans that basically involve being perfect, because they want to be better or different right away. Not a recipe for success, especially in the long run.

    And I heartily endorse tooting your own horn emoticon and celebrating all victories! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3506 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4295992
    Congratulations Gabby on your wonderful success. Your ability to articulate the learning that you have taken from your journey is inspiring.

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    3507 days ago
    Hurrah, Gabby!!! I am so happy for you! Your perseverance is paying off. You are such an encouragement and inspiration to all of us and you deserve the success you have had!

    Thanks for sharing your victories!!
    3508 days ago
    My dear sweet friend Gabby. When I came into Sparkpeople again after being gone for about a year, you were one of the first people I met on the 17DD. We have been friends ever since and I truly believe we will be friends until one of us goes to heaven to wait for the other to come up and join them. It may be the only time we do meet, but what a meeting that will be eh?
    You bring the gum and I'll bring the Fig Balsamic Vinegrette lol.
    I am sooooo looking forward to sharing more laughter and more tears over this diet with you and over life in general. You are a super person Gabby and I am sooooooo very proud of you and I am sooooooooo very happy to call you my friend.

    Love Linda emoticon
    3511 days ago
  • CHRIS-206
    wow, what an inspiration you are!
    3512 days ago
    What a FANTASTIC Blog my Spark Friend .... you go gurlie !! Roc
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    3512 days ago
  • DAISYBUG1972
    Gabby!!!! I'm so excited for you. What an amazing accomplishment and journey! I agree with you about living this way forever and I too find it very doable. Are you going to reward yourself in some way for hitting this awesome goal??? Way to go girl!!!
    3512 days ago
    Woohoo! Think of all these great things you've learned, in really just a short amount of time. Awesome! I, too, have found that my body doesn't get along well with the wheat products. Not always, but sometimes. And I've also learned that when I have bread or rolls or whatnot, I really crave MORE. Not good. Keep on keepin' on, kiddo - YOU ARE DOING THIS!!!! emoticon
    3512 days ago
    This is a lovely, inspiring and very uplifting Blog. You really are inspiring me and giving me hope that I will, like you get to the finishing line. You made my day with this Blog. I was really┬┐y down, today, feeling so lonely, so sad and so hopeless and now, after reading your Blog I am looking forward to identify my small victories and celebrate my 25 pounds loss. Thank you so such a good Blog. You are doing greta, so keep at it, You can and will do this, and I will be right by you, holding your hand and cheering you up!!!!

    Big Hugs,
    3512 days ago
    emoticon What an inspiration you are to myself and others on the same journey. Thank you so much for your blog, I can only hope to achieve some of what you have. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3512 days ago
    emoticon this blog inspires me to keep going. i struggle with the same challenges.
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