Look at me posting 3 days in a row. I am enjoying getting back into the swing of things with blogging again. I have a few new followers (hi everyone!) and have been getting more comments which is nice to see.
Yesterday was a good day for me. Like I posted yesterday I got in a bike ride. Even though it was on my trainer, it was nice to ride again. I ended up doing 30 mins of high intensity intervals instead of the 45 min stead ride. I was feeling strong so that’s why I went with the intervals. Looks like it might be warm enough to get a ride in on Friday so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Did you guys catch the article I tweeted about yesterday afternoon? Check out the article here .If you missed my tweet because you don’t follow me yet click here to follow. I thought I would share with you my thoughts and what my experience has been like.
I first thought after I finished reading was this is exactly why I focused on bettering my health as a whole instead of just focusing weight loss. Sure, I lost 100lbs in the last couple of years, but was a result of some of the changes I made to better my health. Health to me is physical, mental, and emotional, basically every aspect of your life that affects how you live. If my journey was just focused on weight loss then I wouldn’t still be making changes. If this was just about weight loss then essentially my journey ended back in October when I started to work on weight maintenance. My journey will continue for everyday for the rest of my life and I am dedicated to working through any of the challenges that come my way long the way.
When I embarked on my journey back in January of 2007, I didn’t have these big expectations that weight loss would instantly make everything in my life better. Sure, in the past I had those expectations, and each time I did, I ultimately failed to make lasting changes. All I was looking to do was to change my health status from high risk to one where I was healthy and I could stop worrying that I was going to drop dead at any moment. I knew if I wanted to be happy with my life I had to look at all aspects of my life not just what my body looked like. I have a strong belief that my weight problem was a symptom of something emotional and realized that once I was able to address that and learn new ways to cope with what ever it was that the weight issue would resolve itself. Never did I imagine I would get to where I am now, but I am so thankful for the fact I saved my own life. As my dad says to me all the time “You did yourself the biggest favor”.
Something I noticed in the article was that the study focused on those who had weight loss surgery. I have some really strong feelings about this method of weight loss, and maybe someday I’ll share them. But anyway, they said that they felt the study findings could also be applied to those who lost weight through diet and exercise as well. I would be interested to see what the real results would be if they conducted the study on those who lost in through diet and exercise, especially from individuals who focused on overall health changes. I know my results are different from what they found, but I think my difference is that my weight loss portion of my journey was slow and not my main focus and I also took the opportunity to address some important emotional components of my life during that time.
Questions for you:
- What are your thoughts on the article?
- If you have reached your goal weight, do you feel your expectations match your current reality?
- If you are on your journey, what expectations do you have?
Quote of the Day:
“What is destructive is impatience, haste, expecting too much too fast.” ~ May Sarton