An example is below... I was laughing with the minister here:
I set the goal of weighing 119 pounds when 2014 rolls in. It's not an arbitrary goal or an arbitrary number, but a number I felt amazing at.
So, how's it going?
Well I will say I gained a little bit of weight after the wedding, I fluctuated a little bit. But I never gained more than 5 pounds, I never saw 125 pounds or higher. And I've spent most of September through December around 122 - 123 pounds.
And most of December has been spent at 120 - 121 pounds. I'm 120.2 today, as I've been for days.
I may or may not see 119 on the scale tomorrow. Is it a fail because I didn't hit goal? Not in the slightest!!
I set goals and I reach for goals to keep me on track, to make sure that I don't veer completely off the rails and slowly gain a ton of weight.
And I haven't done that, I've been at or around my goals all year. I've stayed fit and healthy, and it's all I can ask of myself.
I'm happy with where I'm at right now :)
If you read my blog regularly, you know that I don't completely deny myself the pleasures in life. I hope that people who read this realize that it is so very possible to maintain a fit and healthy body and still enjoy life. It's not about hating your life while you lose weight.
Example: I had a big piece of (paleo) pumpkin pie last night, made by my husband:
The crust is almonds, pecans and eggs. The filling is pumpkin, eggs, spices, honey and maple syrup. I knew I'd be eating it that night, so I left around 300 cal free so I could be a little guilt free when I ate it.
Maybe little indulgences like a few glasses of wine or the pumpkin pie are the reasons why I am 120 pounds instead of 119 pounds. But I just don't care. Life is too awesome not to taste it every once in a while. :)
But, also if you read my blog a lot, you know I'm a big fan of balance. I exercise every day. I eat mostly Paleo and mostly clean. And I do track my calories. It's how I know I can fit those little treats in!
I live this way because I've lost the weight and am no longer obese or overweight. I was much stricter and those times because I didn't want to spend one day more than I had to being unhealthy. But here, after weight loss, I'm working on being balanced.
Balance is tricky. It's really easy to go too far one side or the other. I've been on both sides.
I think, that right now, I'm going into the new year balanced.