Weight Loss – Are We There Yet, Are We There Yet?

Taken from this most popular of phrases in a movie, I felt that this phrase can also often apply to us with our weight loss regimens as we move towards our goals.  If you are following the one pound a week weight loss routine I’ve now so often spoke about, this is a thought that can enter our minds at any time and even maybe temporarily discourage us along the way.

Don’t let it.  What I have been describing here for more than 10 months now is a permanent path to changing your life which includes diet and exercise that we will be doing for the rest of our lives and that in itself with negate the term “are we there yet?” because in essence with this process we are never there.  We have embarked on a path that will result in permanent weight loss by changing all of our habits and ways of thinking and will continue for ever.

We may alter our diets and exercise routines as we go to suit our new bodies, but we can never cease thinking that we are not going to need to continue this life style and thought process forever.  Weight loss is as much a way of thinking as a way of doing.  If we have been fat, overweight, large boned, portly, or what ever term you choose to use to make yourself comfortable with being obese, you know that it will take nothing to go back the way we were if we ever let our guard down.

Take a look at Opra.  She was right where I am now.  She had lost a ton of weight, was fit, and doing everything right.  Now look at her again.  She’s back at the 200 lb. weight and having to admit that she failed.  She is also blaming it on a “thyroid imbalance” that caused this latest occurrence but in the end, she lost the commitment to maintaining her regimen with diet and exercise.

This can happen to us all if are not careful.  Exercise isn’t always fun.  It’s something that I know I must do daily to maintain my new self, but I can’t say that it’s always “fun”.  However, I do now enjoy exercising and I think that we have to find ways to keep our weight loss exercise regimens interesting through what ever means we have, be it change of routine or other means.

It’s so easy to say that we’ve reached our goal and can now go back to a relaxed way of doing things.  Maybe that is fine for those who have never been fat or obese, but for those of us who were/are it’s just not an option.  Assuming we don’t have a condition that simply doesn’t allow us to do any exercise at all or eat properly, we just can’t think that way.  I was obese and I can easily be obese again.  It’s so easy to ignore the obvious and stop doing things we know are correct to maintain a healthy weight and exercise routine, but “do what you always did and get what you always got”.

Keep your mind on the goal.  Keep up with your routine, especially as we go into this holiday season where temptation for sweets and other non beneficial foods are available to us, and stay on track.  While we are not “there yet” we can continue to get closer to the goal with every day that we stay with what works for us.  Just “one pound ago” I was obese and now I’m not.  Join me!

Update:  As of today I am 197 lbs. with a 36? waist.  I have now upgraded my exercise regimen with a 3 – 4 mile run every day as it makes me feel good and my knees and hips are no longer bothering me.  I still maintain 10 minutes on the weight machine 3 -4 days a week as well. My daily diet intake is budgeted around 1500 calories per day plus 350 to 450 calories earned in exercise for a total of around 1900 per day.

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