The Downward Trend

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Today marks the one-year anniversary since I’ve embarked on a quest to a healthier me.

I’m down exactly 31 lbs. Yes, it’s been slow. Yes, most people have lost more in that time frame. Yes, I’ve made mistakes. But although my pledge was 50 lbs in one year, I’m not going to gripe about 31! I’ve had a lot of Non-Scale-Victories (NSVs) along the way as well, which may be equally as, if not, more important than the weight loss itself. I’ve come to realize, though, that when it comes to weight loss:

What matters most is the downward trend!

In order for this to happen, I needed to find what worked for me. I needed to learn how to make small, lasting changes. Instead of dieting and giving up doing things and going places that I enjoyed until I was done dieting, I needed to learn how to be healthy, but still live my life. Starting a diet and then messing it up due to vacations, dinners with friends or other events always ended in failure. A year ago, I recognized that I needed to do all of those things and live a healthy life at the same time! Boy, am I a genius.

Over the past year, I’ve learned that I need to evolve in this process. There is no one right way to do anything to ensure success. Some strategies work for some people and some don’t. Some days certain things work better for me than others. It’s just good to take note the when and why of what works and what doesn’t. It helps to get ideas from others along the way, too.

I was thinking about this earlier this week because some kohlrabi arrived in my CSA box:

kohlrabi – source

I remember last year when I got a kohlrabi in my CSA box for the first time. When I pulled it out of the box, I thought, “What the hell is this?” and “What am I going to do with it?!” So I went online and asked my good friend The Google.

And The Google directed me toward this. And I made my kohlrabi that way. And it was good. And Rob even liked it. But that website didn’t just teach me about kohlrabi. It was also the first ever blog on weight loss that I’d come across – probably because I hadn’t been looking for one. {There are now thousands out there!} And the author was suggesting how I could enjoy kohlrabi. And she was right.

I perused her blog further and liked:

  • Her Produce Guide – I referred back to it when I’d get something new or unusual in my CSA box.
  • Her Habit-a-Week Challenge – It helped to teach me to focus on changing my habits slowly so they stick. Too many changes at once is difficult. Focusing on one at a time = Brilliant.
  • Her very personal blog posts – She shared feelings and frustrations during and after weight loss. They were honest portrayals of emotions we experience during this process.

Then, while perusing her page, I scrolled down and saw something on the left hand side that read:

“Blogroll: I Love ‘Em!”

Below that was a list of other blogs she reads. I don’t know why, but the Prior Fat Girl link jumped out at me, so I clicked on it. In front of me was another blog on weight loss and healthy living. Only this gal lived in Minneapolis. I found her posts very relatable and began reading her blog like a novel, going back to the beginning and learning from previous posts.

That was my introduction to the blogosphere.

That is where I found more and more information from other people around every corner.

That was where I was inspired to begin running.

I’ve learned how to evolve in this process rather than expect to follow a plan and stick with it until it’s done. Things are going to change in my life and I need to learn how to adapt. Don’t we all?

For example, I’ve got three 5ks under my belt now. And I was secretly considering doing a 10k by the end of the summer. I wasn’t ready to admit it although I’ve sort of begun training for it. Then I read this post by Ann from Twelve-in-Twelve. It reminded me that I need to change things up to continue to drop the pounds. Yeah, I’ll keep running; but I want to go back to more interval training before I continue with endurance and distance. I know I should add strength training, too, but I’m just no good at following photos in a book. For now:

I’m going to let Jillian Michaels kick my ass with her 30-Day Shred again.

I’m going back to yoga.

I’m evolving.

Growing.

Maturing.

Incidentally, I ended up taking a Blogging for Beginners Class from Jen, a priorfatgirl. Thus, Season It Already! was born. The blog, too, is evolving as I learn what I want/need to write about {Which wine did I like at X restaurant? or What how did I prep for that last 5k?} and what you like to read {that my husband is allergic to fins and feathers}.

But on this anniversary, I just wanted to thank all of you bloggers out there that I continue to learn from and all of the friends and family that have supported me along the way.

Cheers to all of you and to another year of success!

Carrie

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