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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.

Being Active = My New Normal

I'm now 100 days into this thing. (I'm not obsessive enough to count days on a calendar. MyFitnessPal (the app I use to record my food intake and to track my exercise each day) cheerfully announced to me this morning that I've been logging my input/output for 100 days as of today.

The most noteworthy thing that has happened over the course of those 100 days is that I've started seeing being active as my new normal:

  • It feels strange -- wrong -- if a day or two goes by without my squeezing in a workout.
  • When I head out of town, I plan ahead to figure out how I am going to manage to work in some physical activity while I'm away. 
  • I no longer feel horribly out of place in an athletic store. Heck, I walked into one on purpose two weeks ago to order myself a sports watch and heart-rate monitor (so I can track my workouts a bit more precisely). 
  • My body feels stronger and fitter than it has in my entire adult life.

I still have a long way to go before I reach my goal weight, but I'm already reaping huge dividends from having lost the first 37 pounds. I am truly loving this journey.

Note: I will be speaking about my fitness journey at #140YOU in New York City in June. I will be one of the members of The One Ton Panel, a panel made up of "people who have collectively lost a lot of weight."

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