HDC Day 25_ This ain't working for me..

I am not a challenges type person.
shocking, I know.

That being said...I think I am ditching this thing and going back to slow and steady.
My body.
It does it's own thing and weighing weekly is going to kill me.
There was a reason I did it monthly.
Weighing weekly makes me nuts. I hold and hold and then drop.

so, blaaaaaa....
This isn't a race.
I am not this person.
I am going to go back to my 'eat 1500 to 1600 calories 6 days a week...and have saturday off 1800 to 2500 calories.
This is how I plan to eat for the rest of my life, why screw around.
I will still be exercising and eating right...
I am 149.
I have no idea what I'll weigh on September 1rst...but it will be less than today.
And certainly less than one year ago...I was at 228 lbs last august.
I did back to school night at my daughter's school tonight.
I had met one of her teachers before, last year at a parent teacher conference (nearly a half hour)...I was around 220 at the time.
Well, when I walked into his class tonight. He shook my hand and said "I don't think we've met."
To which I replied, "I am kate's mom.'
To which he replied...silence.
Then a stare...
then he said.."oh, oh...we have met!"
That was cool.
Oh, i went to the gym today and did something pretty fantastic.
I did one hour on the stairmaster.
One hour.
I climbed 200 flights of stairs.
That is up, and down, and partially back up...the empire state building.
how cool is that.
I am going to work out my blogging and art schedule very shortly...I am in dire need of life balance.
Big hugs,


Joy said...

Hi Chris,

Can't wait until someone does not recognize me. That will be so awesome! So funny to say that, when I've felt invisible for most of my life. I guess not being recognized is better than being invisible!!!

So glad you are working "your" plan. Sometimes I get stuck on the challenges and lose sight of what works for me. Frustrating!! Good choice to go back to what works for you!!!

Have a great night!


Rettakat said...

I think it's great that you have the flexibility to make course corrections when you see something isn't working. Flexibility, that's something I'm working on.


Fat Grump said...

You have done fantastically well Chris. I don't think it pays to be a scale junkie, especially if small fluctuations can make an impact on moods and feelings. I have found that all I can do is just keep on going - some days doing really well, some days slipping up a bit and some days getting it completely wrong. All the time, in the back of my head I know I am on course, and unsurprisingly, my progress has been quite slow. But like you said - this is for always, for life. I just can't contemplate being on a 'diet' for the rest of my days!

Well done on your 'Empire State Building' climb at the gym :)

Helen said...

I love that you're honest enough to admit it's not working for you and then changing your course. Probably one of the reasons why you're as successful as you are!

Jane said...

I love your honesty and insight. I can completely relate to your change of heart, which comes not from defeat, but from planning for the next step. Success is based on doing what is needed at a particular time--not staying on a course that could be a negative. You'll get there. I'm amazed at what you've done already. Good for you!

Anonymous said...

You rock, Chris!

I'm sure it's hard (I really wouldn't know, chuckle, groan) to figure out that balance of calories in, calories out, for weight loss at 149.

Not so hard at 250. Or even 170, where I am now. Of course, for me, it's less getting the math right that the thinking right. sigh.

Like I said, you rock, Chris.


former fatty said...

I like your idea of weighing once a month, I have become obsessed with the scale I weight once or twice a week, and get pissed off each time when the numbers don't say what I want especially when I have been staying on track. My weight fluctuates soooooooo much it is ridiculous. So thanks for the advice and I am going to take the stress off myself and start weighing only once a month also. Congrats on all the stair stepping I cant do even 15 min on that machine, so kudos to you!!!!!! :)

Robin said...

1) Always do things the way that work. As you have said more than once, this is a life plan. It is no longer a diet.

2) No wonder he didn't recognize you, you have lost enough weight that is the equivalent of an entire person. Think about that. It is freaking amazing. Be proud of that.

Alexia said...

hahaha...i love how confused/surprised people get!

i totally understand. i find that challenges can be a little overwhelming.

Paula Rodriguez said...

Weight loss is definitely not a race. I like the way you know yourself. You know what works for you and what doesn't. This is not a race. It is a way of life...

I'm following your advice. I'm not getting on the scale until the end of September.

Great job on the stairmaster. I know how hard that is. I've done day two climbing stadium steps and my legs feel like jello.

Will you be sharing art with us?

Diana P. said...

I've been following your blog for 3 months now, essentially since I started my on weight loss journey! You as SO encouraging, and have such an amazing outlook and insight. It's probably at least twice a week that I tell my husband something you said and how it got me thinking.

I actually started my own blog today, partially because of you, and I just feel like it will really help me sort through all the different emotions I'll go through with all the changes. I would love it if you would check it out...so far I've only written the first post. :)

It's: http://diana-journeyofalifetime.blogspot.com/

Thanks again for being such an inspiration!

Rettakat said...

I read this article today, and immediately thought of you, and what you have been talking about recently. Thought you might like it:



Robin said...

I just left a really long comment on your comment. It is almost blog size. Sorry.

Michele said...

So many inspiring images in your post today. Impressive stair stepping and fabulous that you were "not" recognized! Michele

Fiona said...

I am not a challenge person either.

And life balance is vital.

SeattleRunnerGirl said...

Totally all about doing what works for you. And part of the journey is learning as you go, so AMEN to that. Looking forward to seeing your posting/art schedule!

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha, I love it Chris. Poor guy. Probably prides himself in never forgetting a face. I'm not a challenge person either. For some reason I'm too easy on myself and let myself out of the competition - lol. I think you sound pretty smart. You've been so successful and you have a plan that's working, and better yet can work forever, for you. Keep it up.