Learning from my past
In five short months I lost 60 pounds. On February 19, 2008 I weighed 239 and on July 7, 2008 I weighed 179. I was down 60 pounds. By February of 2009 I had lost a total of 84 pounds and weighed 154.6. I wasn't obese or even overweight, I had a normal BMI. For about five minutes as my weight starting bouncing up and down for the next two years.
After reading some of my old posts from that first year I saw some huge differences in what I was doing then versus what I'm doing now.
Then: I was fanatical about tracking my food. I weighed and measure EVERYTHING and used the online eTools to keep track.
Now: I often start out the day with the best intentions to track every bite, but usually by late afternoon I quit tracking. I often don't tack anything after lunch ad get very sloppy about weighing and measuring my food. I guess on portion sizes, which is a huge mistake.
Now: I'm still pretty crazy about exercise. Although reading about my workouts in 2008 versus my workouts now, I was really into trying different routines, new exercises. At the moment I'm in a bit of a rut. I work out on most days, but it's basically always the same routine.
Then: I read a lot of blogs back then and left comments on those other logs. I had a lot more readers that left comments.. I remember how much so many people there helped me along my path. People were always encouraging and kind.
I posted on my own blog almost every day.
Now: I have a few faithful folks out there that leave comments, but I haven't been returning the favor like I did in the past. I know how much I appreciate comments, so I'm pretty sure the rest of the bloggers feel the same way. In the blogging world what goes around comes around.
I think about blogging every day, but I often go days without posting anything.
Now: Lately I've been overridden with guilt for gaining weight, and fear that I won't be able to stop the weight gain. My enthusiasm has dwindled to almost nothing.
Then: I was always setting mini goals for myself and even though I didn't always make them, at least I tried.
Now: I don't set goals, or if I do, I don't even try.
Then: I really paid attention to Weight Watchers Healthy Eating guidelines. I took them seriously.