A year ago I set a goal to get in better shape.
At my heaviest two and a half years ago I was over 237 lbs. A year ago I was at 229 lbs. I set the goal at the start of the year to get below 185 lbs. Today, I logged in just under 183 lbs. It was a lot of work but certainly feels good to have made my goal and successfully dropped 20% of my weight over the past 12 months.
Here are a few things I have learned that helped me in the process:
- daily habits matter a lot
- eating slower is a key for me eating less
- weight loss is determined more by eating than exercise
- packing my own lunch was essential
- important to replace snacks with go-to healthy options
- working out helps me feel better the rest of the day
- finding the right sport for where you are at makes a big difference
- enjoying the process of a new habit is the only way to make it stick
I don't have any specific numbers for my weight loss from here on out – but I am committed to keeping all of my healthier habits and improving my fitness over the next year. Goals I have made for 2018 include riding 5,000 miles on my road bike and competing in some races, specifically a sprint triathlon. Beyond that, we'll see where things go. I certainly love feeling healthier and being in better shape.
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