My Great Disappearing Act

I've been quieter than usual for the past few weeks. That's because I've been spending at least as much time thinking as I have been working out -- and that's been a lot.

I've discovered that the mental part of this weight loss thing is at least as challenging as the physical part -- that I need to eliminate a lot of outside distractions and stress in order to maintain my focus as I continue to change my life. 

It takes time to read up on the science of weight loss, check out new recipes, log my food, and play with my new workout gadgets (my Polar Watch and heart-rate monitor and Fitbit Flex).

Sometimes I feel a bit guilty for going AWOL from Facebook and other social media channels, but then I remind myself that there are only so many hours in a day, and I have to make the healthiest possible choices about how I invest my time and energy while I'm working hard to change my life. After all, not setting healthy boundaries for myself is what got me in this mess in the first place. And now that I've had a chance to stroll on the healthier side of the street -- to experience what my body is capable of doing and how much better I can feel -- there's no turning back.

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The scale showed a total loss to date of 49 lbs. as of this morning. I had been hoping to reach the 50 lbs. gone mark, but obviously the universe wants to teach me a lesson in patience (a lesson I admit I still need to learn). After all, what's the rush in losing the weight when I'm going to be spending the rest of my life maintaining the weight loss? It's not as if the game is going to change dramatically when I reach my goal weight sometime next year. 

That said, I don't think that celebrating my progress once every 50 lbs. is nearly often enough. For that reason, I've come up with a list of mini-milestones that I plan to celebrate between now and when I reach my goal weight. I've also recorded some of the milestones that I've achieved on my weight loss journey to date. Thanks to all of you who have been celebrating with me every step of the way.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
— Lao Tzu