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Progress is better than goals!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

You know, I don't know what my "goal" is anymore - that elusive goal that I used to set, the one that meant every day I didn't get there was "fail."

I have a weight listed on my tracker, but really, I don't know what I'm going to weigh when I am satisfied. I just know I'm going to know.

So in the meantime, I'm celebrating progress. Today I finished week 5 of my Easy 5K and I ran/walked three miles! And for the first time in 5 weeks, I got back to that wonderful place - I started daydreaming while I was running. That's when I know I'm really making progress - when I forget huffing and puffing and just run. Now I know I can push my walk-run ratio a little further for next week. Progress!

I lost not one but TWO pounds this week. I'd like to be able to lose 5 pounds a week, but I'm not obsessing over it. Instead, I'm practicing "portion awareness" (which I like better than portion "control"!) and getting my exercise in five days per week - three runs, one strength workout, and one Power Yoga workout.

So some weeks I don't lose anything, and then I lose one or two. But I really did not expect that I would lose NINE pounds in August. I doubt if I'll do that every month, but again, I don't care. And it's fun when it happens. Progress!

And yesterday I hung two pair of jeans on the "I can wear this" side of the closet. W00T! Progress!

I am 2.9 pounds away from the 100s. That is progress, too! After that, I hope I can reach a BMI of "not obese." Maybe by Christmas.

So, not to be hypocritical, I do know I have goals, but more than that, MUCH more than that, I have progress to celebrate, and on those days when I'm down, I'm going to try to remember it.

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    Probably the best lesson that I learned by following the Spark process was identifying the "why" of weight loss. I remember what a revelation it was to realize that if I just focus on a number on the scale, I'll be disappointed once I get there. My goal of being active with DH for as many years as we have together is much more satisfying. It gets us both out the door and doing something outside that is fun.

    Now, having said that, I yearn for the day that I see 155 on the scale.
    1794 days ago
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    1794 days ago
    I've been having that same thought lately! Progress is such a great perspective! I'm definitely focusing on this as well! Nice blog!
    1794 days ago
  • MYRTLE531
    You can do it! The 5K is an awesome achievement. I try to focus my goals on my behaviors, which I can control - in the long run, healthy behaviors will eventually turn into weight loss
    1794 days ago
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