Besides shedding stuff, I’ve been shedding some unwelcome pounds the last year. It began with my annual check-up in June of 2009. My weigh-in showed a new number on the scale. Most of us know how those few pounds here and there sneak back on over time. Seeing that higher number seemed to jar me to my senses, and motivate me to do something about it.
I wish I had some magic advice to share. I ate more healthy foods, cut way back on my treats (which had been a big bowl of popcorn most evenings) and walked more. At first I was going to drop ten pounds, MAYBE twenty. The first ten was not easy, but I started reinforcing my healthier habits. By the end of the holidays, I had lost the twenty pounds. It had come off gradually. I felt great! And then I got more brave, and set a new goal of another ten pounds going away. I stayed motivated because I enjoyed feeling so much better.
I finally grasped the simple concept that eating something (usually to cope with some emotional need) was not going to make me feel happier than I felt weighing this new, healthier amount. And don’t get me wrong, I still love food!
By the time of this year’s check-up in June, I had achieved my newest goal. I feel this weight loss goes hand in hand with de-cluttering my life. A big house and three car garage crammed full of stuff was not working for me anymore. And neither was hauling around 30+ extra pounds!