After talking with Letha, here's my completion goal.
After reflecting on this, I think that sounds manageable.
Weight: 157 pounds
Date: Nov. 6th.
Total Lost: 150 pounds
At first though, when we were talking about the total amount I still needed to lose (eek! 50 more pounds!) and the date (eek! not until nov 6th?) I was kinda freakin' a bit.
After losing over 100 pounds, 50 more seemed daunting. It seemed like I'd never ever be finished with this little (or not so little) project. Having to continue on with my diet plan until Nov. 6th seemed horrendous. I wanted to eat more starch darn it! I didn't want to be on a diet that long! I didn't wanna be dieting for the rest of my life and Nov. 6th seemed like it was going to take the rest of my life to get too! Seriously? Did I have to do this? How come I couldn't just lose it faster? Huh? Huh? Yes, I think I even stamped my foot for emphasis.
I have a flair for the dramatic.
But let's stop and think about this rationally for a second.
The truth is that when I complete this total goal and weigh 157 pounds by Nov. 6th, I will have lost all of my weight (150 pounds total) in a year and two weeks. Originally I was going to only lose 100 pounds in a year so adding on another 50 is a bonus. I will still be finished in a year (give or take a week or two). That's more than reasonable.
This time will go by whether or not I'm working on my weight loss goal so the question I asked myself is this:
Do I want to have Friday, Nov. 6th roll around and be upset because I didn't hit my weight loss goal? How would that feel? I know I'd be depressed, upset, angry, miserable, and most likely reaching for something yummy to take those feelings away.
Or, do I want to reach Friday, Nov. 6th and have a big celebration on that day because I'm offically at my goal weight? How would that feel? I'd be elated, empowered, strong, accomplished, exhuberant, and happy.
That could be an awesome Friday for me mentally. I could be making a huge transition from a dieter to a stablizer. Heehee! That makes me downright giddy!
Ok, so this is doable. I just need to keep ticking off the pounds one at a time. Ounce by ounce, pound by pound. As long as I'm going down, I'm in the right direction.
It's time to buckle down, imagine the size 8 me, and keep my eyes peeled for Nov. 6th.
It's gonna be here before I know it!