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Done Apologizing. New Year Ahead.

Inflammation from radiation has died down. My doctor moved me out so that I only have to see him every six months, instead of every three months. I lost 13 lbs in the last year, which means I’m halfway to my goal on this Road to 124.

This journey has been a fight and an educational experience. I learned more about how much God cares about my health, not just surviving, but to reach a potential that is only possible through Christ. {See “Where God Fits Into My Fitness”}

I used to feel bad because my posts didn’t declare losing the grand 20 lbs in six months. I also don’t eat entirely healthy and I do indulge in sweets and coffee. But I’m done apologizing. {See “How My Wimpy Workout Makes Me Feel Like Superwoman”}

I learned what fitness coaches try to get their clients to understand. That losing fat and getting fit is a lifestyle change. I’m proud of myself for finally grasping that fitness 101 concept. Most of all, I’m so blessed that the Lord has patiently walked through my frustrations this year.

I also learned that making these changes was emotional. I had to face things about myself that I didn’t like, like the truth about my lack of impulse control and how I may have been “holding on” to the excess weight as  a way to protect myself or as a way of resisting letting go of certain memories. I had to face that it wasn’t about workouts and lean protein meals. This had issues that went far deeper and I casually accepted them as things that would never change. With the Lord’s guidance, He showed me that it’s simply not true.

I am thankful to you, that you’ve gone on this journey with me. I still have a few more pounds to go and I’m excited to challenge myself in new ways in 2015. I’m also looking forward to what God has for me in the next stage of life, as I enjoy my third year from recovery and my second year of focused fitness and lifestyle change.

I pray that you, too, find newness and promise in the coming year and that you are blessed with discoveries in your own health and get closer to whom God made you to be.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (KJV)

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Thankful that it’s been a year! 10 big lessons for smaller me.

November completes the first 12 months of this fat loss journey! I started at 146lbs in November 2013. This week’s weigh-in is at 133lbs! (I’m petite so these numbers are on the heavy side for me, especially since diabetes and high blood pressure run in my family. Yikes!) Here are 10 big lessons I learned for a smaller me.

1. God is in charge. Getting to know the One who created me helped me frame this journey spiritually. God is interested in everything in my life, even my fitness goals. [See Where God Fits Into My Fitness]

2. Spend more time in the kitchen. Thanks to my friend, Jonathan, this was a game-changer for me. He said he spent more time in the kitchen than the gym. I nearly spit out my coffee when I heard that. I learned that preparing my own food offsets my appetite. Putting in work for my meals meant that I got full faster and was more likely to choose healthy portions instead of schlepping through a drive through, order, stuff face then zzzz.

3. Shop the perimeter of a grocery store where more fresh foods, fruits, and vegetables are. That was a missing puzzle piece. This helped me choose better foods. Uh, can you say game-changer? BTW: this is thanks to articles on the12.com

4. Use a budget. Tracking my fitness activity and weight was a discipline that helped me with other areas of my life and wellness. I started mastering my budget and got better at managing my money, including seeing how much I spent on fast food.

5. I need sleep. Workaholics have an issue with that. But if i don’t sleep well and if i dont get enough rest, I am likely to munch on bad, empty calorie foods to help me stay awake. Sleep well —-> lose weight. Who knew?

6. I don’t need to eat that. Another game-changer. I learned impulse control and passing up foods that I knew were going to make me feel pudgy. [See Biggest Lesson on Fat Loss]

7. Just wait until I get home to eat. On those busy days of errands or working onsite, it’s tempting to just buy food. It’s especially disappointing when I buy something that is high in fat, doesn’t taste great and I probably could’ve put something that tastes better at home. I had to tell myself, Just wait until I get home and mentally plan my meal as I make my way home.

8. It doesn’t take a lot of money. I did things like 30-minute walks, getting enough sleep, stopping meals by 7pm. I just changed habits and didn’t break my bank account. I also didn’t do too much heavy cardio. I’m not against it. But in my case, I still had inflammation and other residual effects from radiation that were impeding my ability to effectively burn fat and build muscle. So i did gentle things and lost the weight slowly.

9. Less tv = less munchies. Resting from media or other devices helped me get to sleep faster. I found myself resting well if I stayed off devices after a certain time, a few nights a week. It helped my mind calm down and unwind. I wasn’t groggy the next morning. Mind you, this is something I observed with my own routines. This might not be an issue for some of you, but it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try.

10. Fitness is a journey, not a destination. I learned it’s about doing what works and challenging myself to do just 1% more than what I did before. Different seasons, life circumstances, budget constraints, work pressures can all influence my ability to be consistent and motivated. I learned that my fitness means including sensible choices in reasonable ways. Maybe it can get done in 12 months, maybe in 24. What’s most important is that I learn how to treat myself well and make wiser choices that will impact my health in the future.

I want to thank you, the readers, who are on this journey with me. I’m thankful for the encouragement and that you take the time to read the “comedy and calories” that are in these blog posts. I am looking forward to more adventures in the next stage of this fitness and sharing more stories, struggles and successes with all of you.

Sincerely,

Mahal