Saturday, July 01, 2006

She's got legs

Comparing January to July:
And she's got arms and cheekbones, too. And possibly one less chin. And thirty-six fewer pounds!

She's also really, really motivated to keep on keepin' on.

This is one of those times – and believe me, there've been many – when I just have to ask myself how I ever could have gotten in the shape I was in … if you could call that a shape. I should post this photo on the fridge, in the pantry, in the freezer in the garage … maybe I should post it in the grocery, so I can have a look at it before I fill my cart!

Greta commented that my statement a couple days ago that I was 'doing this for a year' will probably mean I'll gain everything back. She suggests I need to do this for life. I guess I didn't make myself very clear. I'm giving myself a year to create new habits and learn to live with this new way of eating.

As we know, 'diets' are limited in scope and duration. You won't find me wolfing down the leftover Christmas cookies on January 1, 2007. More than likely I'll be eating Hoppin' John [made with Canadian bacon – let me know if you want the recipe], and toasting the New Year with sparkling water. After a good night's sleep I'll work out and then watch college football. And knit.

After 15 years in a 12-step recovery program, I've learned for me not to say I'll do something – or give something up – for the rest of my life. I'm kind of pushing my limit saying 'I'll do this for a year.' Successful people in recovery take it a day at a time. My one-year end date is the day I hope to be at my goal weight. It doesn't mean the trip is over, though. Thanks for giving me the chance to think this out and clarify it a bit, Greta!

Marilyn suggested a ribbon yarn management tool yesterday. I found a little meat mallet-type thing, very heavy for its size, that turns nicely to feed the ribbon from the outside of the ball. But knitting it is still a pain. I'd switch to bamboo or wooden needles but I'm afraid it would snag the ribbon. So I continue slip-slidin' away.

Company arrives today, so I have to scoot. No telling when the next post will be. I hope I'm having too much fun to worry about sitting at the computer.

Hope you are, too!


Elizabeth said...

Debbi, you look wonderful! You have inspired me to join Weight Watchers. There's a new leader who's not someone who's lost 20 pounds and thinks she knows it all. And a great group.

Stretchy said...

I did what you are doing, I had a plan for a year (it took less to lose 50 lbs) then I changed my plan around to begin maintaing and figuring out a activity level that I could live with for life. Once I started "phase two" I toned up, and lost the last ten pounds. Of course there were times when I went off track and gained back as much as 5 or 7 pounds, but I knew it was part of learning...if I do THIS, THAT happens, if I do THAT, then THIS happens. Journaling and reading Jonathans posts kept me focused. I do NOT believe for an instant that you will gain it all back. Everyone is different, and needs to figure themselves out.

You do look great, i see a lot of changes, and you seem to be jogging down the right path. trusting yourself to do the right things.

Weight Loss Motivation Blog said...

What a difference 36 pounds makes!

I was 50 pounds overweight over 10 years ago. I feel the same about asking myself how I could get so out of shape without even noticing it. I still haven't found my answer yet. Keep up the great work! ~ Terry

Vickie said...

You DO look so fabulous!
Glad to hear you are
continuing to continue on . . .

Jonathan said...

Debbi: You look sensational. It could be the smile. You radiate a sense of accomplishment and confidence -- which is the most beautiful thing anyone could ever wear!

Greta said...

I am probably a slow learner, but it took me more than a year to develop new habits and I have found that the old bad habits are just under the surface and can pop out if I let up my guard too much. That being said, I am at the 6 year plus mark since starting my weight loss journey and I am a believer in longterm weight loss success. I find maintenance to be easier than the weight loss phase. Sorry about my comment of a few days ago. I wasn't trying to say that you WILL gain everything back, but was just pointing out that looking at it as a one year project doesn't take into account the fact that weight maintenance requires continual efforts that many maintenance days don't seem all that different from the weight loss phase. I know about the "one day at a time" approach, but I prefer to look at my eating plan as "this is how I eat now" rather than looking it as "abstaining" the way one might with alcohol or drugs. Luckily or unluckily, in order to lose weight and be healthy, we still HAVE to eat. As long as I prepare foods I like to eat I don't feel I am suffering so I don't have any problem with the concept of eating this way for life.

Vickie said...

Greta - I don't think you were the only person that wrote in with something similar that day . . .
I was worried,
that Debbi's timer was going to go off at the one year mark and she was going to "pop herself out of the the oven and say - I'm done"

loretta123 said...

You do look Mahvellous! And the smile shows that you're having fun getting there. That's the ticket, I think. Way to go!

Lady Rose said...

great!!! keep up the good work

Kit said...

Congratulations Debbi on your success! I've been shrinking for a little over two years and finally got the weight right, now Step 2 is to tone up what's left. :) You're doing wonderfully with your eating improvements and exercise regimen - and doesn't knitting help? The last stubborn 15 lbs I wanted to lose melted away when I started knitting in front of the TV instead of snarfing potato chips.

Go, girl!