Friday, November 28, 2008

Things I've Learned Over the Past (Almost) Year

Well, I am about 2 weeks away from my one year anniversary on this journey to success.

This will be the first of a few posts I have planned to mark the auspicious occasion.

NEVER in all my ‘weight loss starts’ have I ever stuck to it for this long! It is amazing to me that I have no thought, either, of going back.

When I began, I expected that 'if this works', I would have lost at least 100 pounds by now.

As of this morning, I am down 39.2 pounds. A long way from 100 pounds.

However, I have learned much this last year….

- My expectation was totally unreasonable. Especially considering my age.

- ‘The Plan’ will only work if I make it work. I am responsible, not ‘the diet’.

- I do not have to be “not fat” in order to feel good about myself

- Eating healthy in order to lose weight means that I have to think about food more than I ever have before

- Success on a weight loss journey is totally related to mind set

- I cannot look at this change in my life as having an “end” – this is my new life - I am learning to LIVE it.

- A twenty pound weight loss makes a huge difference, even if no one can see it

- There are many little victories along the way that have nothing to do with the numbers on the scale

- Eating carefully is very satisfying

- I can live without Nacho chips/cheese/salsa

- Underwear that is too big is almost as uncomfortable as underwear that is too small (same with blue jeans)

- A tiny portion of something sweet is very satisfying

-weight loss/gain seems to be random at times, but if I look carefully, there is usually a reason

- Having someone hold me accountable (not policing me) to my choices is a good thing

- Writing about my feelings about weight issues helps to free me of them

- I don’t need to use oil for cooking

- Healthy foods are addicting….yes, addicting

- Water is far more satisfying than diet pop

This list is by no means exhaustive…

One of the most pleasant things I’ve learned is that you can care about people you have never met in person (and probably never will).

I love to read about your lives, your victories, your thoughts, even your struggles. I care about YOU and how you are doing. Even when I cannot spend the time I would like reading your blogs, I think about you and wonder how you are doing today. You have become a source of inspiration, encouragement, and understanding.

I hope I have been able to return the favor once in awhile.


~TMcGee~ said...

Well, Karyn, I will have you know that you have inspired me since the first time I read your blog. :-) You are such an insightful and wise woman.
My favorite part of your post was and I quote:
"Underwear that is too big is almost as uncomfortable as underwear that is too small (same with blue jeans)". Laughing TOO hard over here. :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

--cara said...

Isn't that funny how a silly little thing called a "blog" can so completely connect you with people you've never met, and you're right, you'll probably never meet. And that connection is so deep and so tangible. I, too, think about how everyone in my blog world is doing. I even talk about them with my family. I can't imagine what they think of that. I'm the only blogger in my family (besides my mom, of course). I can't imagine losing this much weight without my blog friends. It's a two way street, too. I blog about my journey. They comment about my journey. And along the way we share our lives with each other and encourage each other along to reach our goals together. What an amazing thing this "blog" is.

I love the list of things you learned. Very profound!

Lyn said...

Congrats on the wonderful changes and insights you've gained over the past year. Loved that list! Thank you for all your support, too. So glad you are here in blog-world!! :)

Skye's the Limit said...

Karyn, you have definitely "returned the favor" where I am concerned! I am so grateful to have met you! You are a wonderful friend who, hopefully, I will be able to meet in person one day. Who knows, I may be lucky enough that you may decide to come back and visit Louisiana one day! ;o)

Thank you so much for sharing that list. I'd say you certainly have learned a whole lot over the last year. :o)

Anonymous said...

Karyn, once you have visited Louisiana you can then come to Australia and visit me! I follow you every step of the way hoping I too can see results like you have. Thanks, Carol

Pamela said...

Karyn, thank you for posting this! It's such a wonderful list of reminders that it would be good for all of us to remember.

I think you are doing amazing, and completely agree with you about how wonderful it is to begin to care so strongly about people you've never met. I feel the same! You're a big inspiration to me! I also wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for the Marie Antoinette award (see my blog).

Skye's the Limit said...

Hi Karyn,

I wanted to let you know that I have also nominated you for the Marie Antoinette 'Real Blogs; Real People' Award. Check out my blog for the details.

I really love reading the comments you leave on my blog. You are a wonderful and supportive friend!

Have a great evening!

Scale Junkie said...

What an amazing post!

I've been doing a lot of reflecting too and no I didn't lose as much weight as I wanted but I'm a LOT healthier and wiser!

Thank you for sharing this with us, I think you're amazing!

Katschi said...

Your list of reflections is very insightful & I share some of the same experiences with you.
What a lovely person you are!
I love blogging, too & wouldn't have made it even this far without it, of that I am positive!

Lyn said...

Miss you, hope you are doing okay and just enjoying life :)

bbubblyb said...

I miss you too.

Way to go on all you've accomplished this year.

Karyn said...

Thank you all for the lovely comments.....I will be catching up and updating over the next couple days.... it is nice to know I've been missed, as I've missed all of you! talk to you soon!