The Land of the Fit Me: Why I Want to Go There

In my last post, I contemplated how nice it used to be to live in the Land of the Fat Me. As I journey toward the Land of the Fit Me, the benefits of the new world are already being felt. I am determined to make it all the way there, and not stop at the outskirts.

In order to stay motivated and moving toward my goal, I need to keep these benefits in mind.

  • Being healthy and fit gives you have two new fulfilling, interesting hobbies: nutrition and fitness.
  • Being healthy and fit makes you able to do things you weren’t able to do before! Hiking… biking… kayaking… shooting hoops with your nephew… 🙂
  • Being healthy and fit means you’re never bored! You have too much to do!
  • Being healthy and fit means you’re spoiling yourself in a different way. You’re spending a lot of time on food and exercise because you’re worth it. You deserve to feel this good.
  • Being healthy and fit gives you a way to cope with stress. (I haven’t had a headache or migraine since starting this program.)
  • Being healthy and fit means you’re honest with yourself. You no longer justify your actions when you go astray.
  • Being healthy and fit means you’re no longer riddled with guilt when you mess up; you know you just need to learn from it and do it differently next time.
  • Being healthy and fit means you’re intentional about everything you put in your mouth. Being in control of yourself is a great feeling!
  • Being healthy and fit means you’re not a lazy butt!  When you relax, it’s with the knowledge that you’ve worked out and that your body is simply recovering.
  • Being healthy and fit gives you a better outlook on life. You get bummed out less often. If you feel bad, you can go for a walk, or head to the gym. (This is way, way harder than I make it sound here.)
  • Being healthy and fit means you get to enjoy a well-functioning digestion system. Sorry to be gross, folks, but no more flatulence and diarrhea!
  • Being healthy and fit means you still get to participate in events that revolve around food, but you partake intentionally.
  • Being healthy and fit makes you part of a club. You’ve lost a lot of weight? You like to eat right and exercise? Me, too!
  • Being healthy and fit is a gift to your spouse, who would love you no matter how much you weigh. Being healthy and fit means you’re not abusing his unconditional love for you.
  • Being healthy and fit may bring you more attention from the opposite sex, but you won’t let it go to your head. You won’t suddenly think you’re all that and flirt back. You’ll make sure they know you’re married and that will be that.
  • Being healthy and fit may make you more visible, but you can use that for good to impact others. You can become a contagious change agent for others. They can see how much better life can be when you stopped giving up and have taken your life back.
  • Being healthy and fit means you have a healthy relationship with food. Food is your friend, not your enemy. Food gives you fuel and health. Pleasure from eating food is a bonus, but not the goal.

Have I missed any of the benefits of being healthy and fit?  Let me know…

Weighty weight. 22 pounds down. 78 to go.

“When you believe that what you do influences the results you get, you will see yourself as someone who can act effectively to get what you want.”
—Cynthia Stamper Graff, Lean for Life

I weighed in today at Lindora.*  I’ve lost three pounds this week, for a total of 22 pounds since getting serious on July 25. Nice, slow and steady. Only 78 pounds to go…

It was a successful week of both weight loss and intentional moderation. I lost this weight by working out at the gym for five out of seven days, and eating on program for every meal except two:

  1. Thursday – slice of Costco pizza
  2. Sunday – dinner at Black Angus: top sirloin steak, fried shrimp, bread and butter, cheesy bread, salad (light dressing), orange slices. For dessert, a big cookie with ice cream on top (which I shared with my husband).

20 lbs of beans representing 20 lbs of fat. Gone.

Shopping at Costco recently, I looked for something that weighed exactly 20 pounds. I picked up a bag of pinto beans and handed it to my husband. He looked at me quizzically.

“Honey, feel how heavy this is. That’s how much I’ve lost!”

He was suitably impressed.

On The Biggest Loser, there was a great episode where the finalists had to carry all of the weight they had lost as they ran through an obstacle course. Each stage in the course represented a week on the show. They dropped that week’s worth of weight at each stage until they were finally light and free. It was so symbolic… To be reminded of how heavy you were compared to how light you are now.

Every now and then along this weight loss journey, I’m going to lift up something that represents how much weight I’ve lost. I want to remind myself just how heavy that weight was. And how unburdened I am by it now. And how I never want to carry that weight again.

I still have a long way to go, but I want to celebrate my accomplishments so far. I’m already seeing major benefits…

  • My size 20 slacks are too big and baggy to wear to work. I look sloppy in them. Looking sloppy is the complete opposite of why I want to lose weight. I need to find my box of smaller clothes in the garage this weekend.
  • My feet no longer hurt when I stand up after sitting for a long time.
  • My lower back is no longer stiff and sore when I wake up in the morning.
  • I am no longer sucking air while climbing the steep hill from the parking lot to our office each morning.
  • I am no longer out of breath when hustling from the parking lot to the movie theater.
  • I have a lot of flexibility and ease of movement. I can easily touch the floor while keeping my legs straight.
  • My arms and legs are firmer.
  • A day of cleaning house and doing other household chores no longer makes me feel like I’ve been hit by a Mack truck.

If I’m feeling this great after only losing 22 pounds, I’m already imagining how much better it’s going to feel to be another 22 pounds lighter.  Onward and downward!

* Although I’ve completed the 4-week Lindora program I purchased, I’m still able to weigh in if I’m within five pounds of my last weigh in on the program. One more pound lost and I’ll be locked out of their computer. No worries. I think I’ll be fine on my own. I’ve got this down pat!

How do you celebrate your weight loss accomplishments?