July 31, 2012

Workouts: July

July started with illness, then extreme temperatures, then a second degree sunburn, then Matt's surgery. Needless to say, I'm very grateful that today is August 1 - an empty page on the calendar, a clean slate for starting over.

I've materialized the metaphor - I purchased a planner at Target yesterday in order to get back to logging my daily weigh-ins and keeping track of my food:


I may not have done terribly well while in California, but I logged *everything* - even the junk, even the gains. I like keeping a record so that I can notice trends - patterns in weight loss, times of the month when I tend to overeat, what I choose to overeat. Having this data will help me long-term, I know.

If I had to sum up this month in one word, it would be "inconsistent." My workouts, my eating, my attitude.  I was active, but not enough, and not consistently. My eating was all over the place - started strong, but took a dive off the deep end for about ten days in the middle to end of the month. And a strong depressed feeling arrived, unsurprisingly, coinciding with the decrease in activity and increase in junk food.

It's interesting, because yesterday was July 31. Two years ago yesterday, I was wrapping up a very similar July - full of unhealthy food, inactivity, and self-loathing. And two years ago yesterday, I decided to do something about it. I started eating better, eating less, and moving more. And I lost 150 pounds in a year. One year later, I'm up four pounds from that milestone. Not great - I've seen lower, but I can still call it maintenance - but I'm still very proud of myself for taking the initiative two years ago and investing in myself.


So, happy rebirthday to me. I celebrated by walking all over the city running a half dozen or so errands - and no junk, no binge eating. I couldn't be happier. And the celebrating continues: I'm back in Chicago, the place where I first made it all happen. I'm surrounded by great people and lots of ways to stay healthy and active. And I'm fueled by all I've seen, done, and experienced this past year - the good and the bad.

Goal for August, and forever: consistency.

I'm ready to make year three my comeback year.

14 comments:

Leigh C. said...

Happy rebirth to you Mary! And very best wishes that you reach your forever goal! What you have accomplished is HUGE. You should be very proud of yourself!

Shannon said...

Happy Rebirthday, Mary! You will reach your goal - I know it!

downsizers said...

Glad to read that you are starting August on an optimistic note. We can only go forward can't we? You continue to learn as we all do. Life gets crazy sometimes but when we have no more challenges and things to deal with we will be dead. Embrace each day. It's a gift. Take care.

MissusMege said...

Happy rebirthday! I can totally relate to the need for consistency, but I guess it's about breaking the habits of a lifetime. And you ARE and HAVE done it. In the last 2 years you've made the most incredible changes, always remember that :)

Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

Congratulations Mary! You KNOW that being at or around your low weight is a fantastic accomplishment! I wish I was back at my lowest, but I've NEVER EVER been at maintenance before! I also know that wishing doesn't get me anywhere, so here's to August being much more productive for us!!

Caron said...

Our anniversaries are close together. It was ten years ago today that I walked into a Weight Watchers meeting and started my journey to a healthier life. Go us! :)

You are right about being consistent. It is so important and you can do it. You have already come so far and it is quite a feat that you have maintained with all the things you've had to contend with in your life. Awesome!

stationerynotstationary said...

Hooray for recognising your AWESOME achievement. I hope you went around high-fiving people all day long!

Sometimes we put extra pressures on ourselves at already stressful times...it's like a personal game of Buckaroo. Even though you were so happy to move back to Chicago, any move (especially one that involves living with a boyfriend for the first time) is going to disrupt the best laid plans.

Good luck with your comeback year:) I've been back and forth with the HDC but am on day 5 again and determined to make it all the way to day 100 on October 29.

Tim said...

Happy rebirthday!!! I can't wait to see what year three brings you! Hopefully lots and lots of positiveness!

Bailey @ Onederland or Bust! said...

You can do it and you sound very positive about it all! :)

Kelliann said...

Happy Re-Birthday to YOU! You are amazing and awesome and inspiring. You can do ANYTHING you decide to do!
I hope Matt is feeling well!

Sarah said...

I love starting with a clean slate. That's why New Year's Eve is one of my favorite holidays.

Happy re-birth-day. :)

tz said...

amazingly inspirational! To have lost in one year so much weight and then kept it off in a year...WOW.

Yum Yucky said...

ahhh. that paragraph of yours that begins with "So, happy rebirthday to me." I feel the vibes of victory and happiness and success in those words!! You are all that, girl. xo

timothy said...

i sent you an email darlin it's from buffalomoonchild so it's not spam! (like i'd send that UGH! lol) august is gonna be a GREAT month for us all! health, happiness, and harmony shall fill our worlds..........so mote it be!