Maintain or continue on my Weight loss Journey

(I know I have not done the Forgiveness blog yet – I guess I am not ready to do that one yet…)

Today’s topic – Maintain or continue on my Weight loss Journey ….

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Okay so I am in a sort of Rut to say.  Let me explain.  When I started my weight loss Journey in May 27th, 2013; my 1st goal was to loose 100 pounds by end of the year – this goal was accomplished on Dec 7th, 2013.  Next Goal was 50 more pounds by  June 2014 – accomplished April 24th 2014. (this put me at 205 total) then I planned on going 25 pounds at a time until….well I told myself at the time a size 10 (or 175 lbs). 

Considering in May 2013 I was in a size 38 and in December 2013 I purchased size 22 – a size 10 seemed a reasonable ultimate goal for me….

Well I have been in a size 10 jean for about 3 months now – Yippee. And the scale shows 167 lbs.  So what is the dilemma you ask?

I look in the mirror and think I should loose more — but I have been stuck in a maintenance mode for about 2 months now.  So what is the deal…

I keep trying to figure that out.  Many people have said that I have lost enough.  Maybe that is true, but here is my question….If you never knew I had lost 188 pounds and I came to you today, would you say that I Do or Do Not need to lose any weight? 

 

Not a great picture - But last Picture taken - 10.26.14

Not a great picture – But last Picture taken – 10.26.14

 See I think most would say YES I could stand to loose weight, but everyone around me says I have lost enough.  Why is that? Is it because I have lost so much that I should be content?  Are they just trying to be nice? Is it true, have I lost enough? I still have very big thighs and a big stomach and my arms have wings — how much is this skin that I can only try to deal with by toning versus Fat that can be lost – I am not sure.  So my confusion begins…and continues. 

For the past 2 months I have been on a maintenance eating/exercise plan and only looking at the scale twice a month instead of once a week (and I have not been losing but more importantly not gaining).  I stopped tracking every meal and counting every calorie.  I wanted to see if I could maintain my weight while being normal and not so obsessed.  Mission accomplished. I also knew I wanted to hit the gym more and work with weights to try to help with some of my skin issue (wings are large and another blog topic for sure – so I can stay on point with this post).  Also many have said I was doing too much cardio (but I attribute cardio to my weight loss) so more weights less cardio = maintenance for me and no clothes size change. hmmm. – But I am noticing muscles definitions in my arms and legs – 🙂

I mentioned my size 10 goal at the start of this blog.  The reason I mentioned that goal is that I think it has also kinda gone to my head.  I am there.  I thought 175 pounds for me would be good and I am now sitting at 167.  I started this journey wanting to be able to participate in life. AND I AM – para-sailing, zip lining, alpine coaster, alpine sled, weekly hiking trips, etc…. I have more stuff on my list that were only dreams before due to my size (go on a cruise, ride a roller coaster, ski (water and snow), go tubing, etc) and to be honest at my size now none of these are restricted due to my weight.  So thus my stall….I want to lose more (and think I need to and should), but my motivations are kinda gone, if that makes sense, coupled with so many saying “I have lost enough” (what does that really mean).  If ANYONE actually reads this blog – I would REALLY appreciate some comments to give me feedback – HONEST feedback – PLEASE.

Thank you for taking the time to read and hopefully some of you will post feedback for me — I NEED IT!

 

Hike : Middle Prong Trail – GSNP

He Made it - This was just a steady uphill walk about 2.3 miles to this point-- Next time we will go the next 1.8 miles to the Greenbrier Ridge Trail (location of the Indian Flats Falls I think)

He Made it – This was just a steady uphill walk about 2.3 miles to this point– Next time we will go the next 1.8 miles to the Greenbrier Ridge Trail (location of the Indian Flats Falls I think)

October 26th, 2014 Middle Prong Trail – GSNP (Great Smokies National Park)

This was a beautiful Hike – We will be coming back to go further on the path straight and coming another time to go to the path on right – across the river – if we can figure out how to cross with out getting our feet wet.

Pictures :

Picture of the walk up the Middle Prong Trail

Picture of the walk up the Middle Prong Trail

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Beautiful Creek

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Beautiful creek along trail

Beautiful creek along trail

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Climbing back up where Mike awaits :)

Climbing back up where Mike awaits 🙂

Mike let me explore - He waited at top :)

Mike let me explore – He waited at top 🙂

 

 

 

Video – My Favorite Breakfast Shake :)

Hello – welcome back — Here is a video on

how I make my Breakfast Shake.  There are lots of

recipes – this is just my favorite.

 

 

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Video – How I make My Favorite Lunch Shake

Hello – and welcome….I am posting a short video on how I make my favorite Lunch Shake – super easy and quick!

 

 

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Video of My Journey

Here is a Video I put together of my Journey.  Hope you enjoy!!
Still so excited from this past week — I went on a real Zip Line in Highlands NC.
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– so amazing!

 

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Hiking …. So Awesome … Another example of LIVING LIFE

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I used to always be a couch potato.  Now I constantly want to go and do something.  On Saturday, after watching Vol Football, it was time to get out and exercise, but I wanted to do something different.  So Hiking sounded fun and different.

My husband went with me, he is trying.  To be honest he was a trouper.  This was real hard on him.  It was only a 1.3 mile hike to the Laurel Falls, but he is heavy, like I was.  But he wants to participate in my life and since I always want to go do something he went with me.  So proud of him.  Before my weight loss I would not have attempted this Hike.  He was breathing real heavy and I was worried he would have a heart attack.  But he made it to the Falls – good job.

I had NO ISSUES.  In fact when we got to the top, I climbed up to the top of the Falls and then all the way to the bottom.  Mike was waiting on me to finish exploring. 🙂 It was so much fun finding footing and reaching for branches or rocks to climb.  What a beautiful countryside.  Love East Tennessee.

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I wanted to do the 5.1 mile round trip to Abrahm Falls, but it was a late start (due to football game) and we sorta got lost – lol — actually worked out cause I think the longer hike might have been too much on Mike. Next time will be the Abrahm Falls….so excited! –

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