The More Things Change…

I realized yesterday that I am tippy-toeing into my fourth year of this lifestyle thingie! I’m beginning to think this just might work!

In May 2007, my toes were barely in the water. I found a post from May 13th of that year on my old blog. It was my first time to post my goals online. Here’s what I pledged:

Exercise: Walk a minimum of 30 minutes per day, every day, with 3 days of 1 hour walking; also 3 yoga sessions
Diet: 5 fruits and vegetables a day, every day
Organization: Straighten out home office and master bedroom, top to bottom.
Fun and relaxation: Zoo trip!

Note the solitary focus on fruits and veggies in my dietary goal. At that point in time, I wasn’t thinking so much about whole grains only and lean meats only–that sort of thing. All I was trying to do was make sure I added the fruits and veggies. My theory at the time was that I would get some needed nutrients and at least eat less of the bad stuff. I knew more changes were coming, but I wanted to build this habit first.

Three years later, I’m struck by the similarity in those goals and my weekly goals today. The exercises have changed, I’m still getting my fruits and veggies in every day (averaging 7-9 servings), and my office and master bedroom need some attention…again. Oh, and I’m planning a zoo trip this week! :)

A lot of change happened in that year. I’d started this blog and, oh yeah, I’d lost 85 pounds! Needless to say, I had no idea I’d be that far along the path. My goal, loosely stated, had been to lose 50 pounds by my 50th birthday, which was still 4 months away.  I had adopted my whole grains and lean meats habits and started letting go of more processed foods.

My biggest worry in May 2008 was the upcoming family reunion. I was looking forward to everyone seeing my changes, but I was also dreading the food challenges. The year before, when I was just starting out, I had actually eaten before the reunion and skipped the buffet entirely. I avoided the calories, but I also hurt some of the older family members’ feelings. They’d put a lot of work into their offerings, which were their way of sharing love. In my zeal to get started, I’d stepped on their gifts. Lesson learned. In 2009, I ate moderately of most dishes and then went for one awesome long walk that afternoon. :)

In 2009, I was six months at goal and feeling like celebrating:

From Blogger Pictures

First time EVER on a jet ski, and it was awesome! I wish I could have made a return trip this year, but it wasn’t in the cards. Or the budget.

That brings us to 2010, and I’m feeling pretty good. Okay, damned good. I’m meeting my goals consistently (in a wonderfully imperfect way), and I’m having fun along the way. That was my intention back in 2007, and it’s all I really ask of myself now. Some may argue that I achieved my goals by setting the bar too low.  I can only say that, for me, I had to (have to) set the bar so that I can at least get a leg over the danged thing.

Here’s a not-so-great photo taken of me recently, at former trainer Rachel’s bridal shower:

Cammy, jabbering

Me, social butterfly

Not the most flattering photo, but at least I’m smiling. And why wouldn’t I be? I’d just had a cupcake! :) (And for the record, that’s not my beer. I had to skip the alcoholic beverages in order to have the cupcake.)

I have no idea where the next year will take me, but I’m all buckled in and ready for the ride. And I’m more than ready for the family reunion next month. There are rumors of caramel cake! <s>And broccoli casserole.</s>

Keeping in mind that any steps on the healthy path are progress, how has your life changed over the past year? What have you let go of and what are you keeping?

Here’s wishing us all a year full of changes…and continuity in the good stuff! :)



16 thoughts on “The More Things Change…

  1. Last year I had reached my goal weight and thought I had figured it all out. That my yo-yo years were over. Silly me. The yo-yo slapped me in my overly-confident face and I started gaining weight, again. But then I stomped hard on the brakes, started my blog and joined the most amazing online community of support, and got my act together. You know that I have struggled, but through all that I know that I am making my own tippy-toe progress. My goal this time has truly changed from one of a number on the scale to the goal of a healthy lifestyle.

    You have been such a great support, inspiration, and imparter of wisdom. Reading this post makes me envision myself in a few years:)

  2. Cammy! You inspire me! I love that you did baby steps. Obviously for you this worked. I’m subscribing to Mizfit’s theory that less is more!

    xo
    Nat

  3. I’ve definitely had my share of ups and downs over the past year, but I’m consistently walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week plus I’m working with my Primary Care Physician (for the first time since 1998) on my diabetes and I’m back in therapy (and on meds) for my binge eating. Overall, I’m really pleased with my progress even though the scale shows I’ve regained every one of the 15 pounds I lost earlier this year. Sometimes it can’t be about the scale.
    .-= Denise´s last blog ..Is it wrong that I’m so excited about getting my hair cut? =-.

  4. i realllllllllllllly like this post… that you are reviewing where you were, are and how you got where you are today.

    this is a really good exercise!

    A year ago, I weighed a bit more than I do now, but my attitude was NOT as healthy, nor were my eating habits. I’m much stronger, and more able to run the race ahead of me, and to keep going. Setting the bar too high (I wanted to lose 100 lbs by my 40th birthday… i managed 50) discouraged me, and I fell off the wagon for several months. Now I don’t have a date goal.. but a life goal. Much healthier.. for me.

  5. i realllllllllllllly like this post… that you are reviewing where you were, are and how you got where you are today.

    this is a really good exercise!

    A year ago, I weighed a bit more than I do now, but my attitude was NOT as healthy, nor were my eating habits. I’m much stronger, and more able to run the race ahead of me, and to keep going. Setting the bar too high (I wanted to lose 100 lbs by my 40th birthday… i managed 50) discouraged me, and I fell off the wagon for several months. Now I don’t have a date goal.. but a life goal. Much healthier.. for me.

  6. I enjoyed this little trip down memory lane–I remember all of those posts!

    I was actually remembering a post you did either last summer or the one before about pedicures. (or was that this year? ah, old age!) Anyhow, I’ve once again been noticing how many women DON”T take care of their feet! Wearing sexy sandals loses it’s appeal when the heel looks like cracked pavement–yew!

    Maybe you could repost it or add the link to it to another post. Just one of those things that I find disgusting 😉

    Thanks!
    .-= Manuela´s last blog ..First Clematis =-.

  7. Thanks for sharing these pictures! Photos like these are so great to look back on and remind you just how far you’ve come in your weight loss journey. I hope they continue to empower you to greatness!

  8. I loved this walk down memory lane with you & you have lots to be proud of for sure! You set achievable goals & that is VERY important! You enjoy life & feel good about yourself. GREAT STUFF!

    I certainly have learned more than I want to know about my bod this past year with the hormones! 😉
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Fear of Fear =-.

  9. Oh my goodness, I’ve been away too long. What a wonderful new look you have. I looked at your pictures and you know it occurred to me that I hadn’t seen a before picture of you. AWESOME what you have done. I so enjoyed meeting you in Chicago last year. Great post.

  10. I think that’s a good picture of you at the shower! I almost bought that sweater, too!

    “I had to (have to) set the bar so that I can at least get a leg over the danged thing.” LOL, ME, TOO! That’s how I feel.

    Great tippy-walk backwards. Thanks for sharing! And congrats on tippy-toeing into Year Four.

  11. I loved this post Cammy. You have done an amazing job not only of losing weight but of maintaining it! I love that!!

    I like that picture of you smiling – you look very happy!
    -.

  12. Love this as well (and still pretended in my mind that the beer was yours. or mine. and I was sitting across from ya gossiping and laughing :)).

    You are the picture of slowsteps creating success.

    LASTING SUCCESS.
    .-= MizFit´s last blog ..No Excuses! part 3 coming tomorrow! =-.

  13. Happy anniversary!!!! You’re proving that we all can do this because you have. Thanks for that.
    .-= Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..Does eating clean really help you to lose weight? + pumpkin pasta surprise recipe =-.

  14. Congratulations on making your successful weight loss into a sustainable lifestyle! I’m very glad that you’re not attempting 1200 kcals/day, that always makes me uneasy, I eat more like you, except I might have both cupcake and beer, or skip them both for some wine. I don’t often pass up chcocolate, everything else is easy for me to ignore.
    .-= julie´s last blog ..My Toxic Mind =-.

  15. Cammy, I really like that photo of you. I think you look very pretty in it.

    This was such a nice post; it really brings home what can be accomplished over time. I like the step by step approach.

  16. Did you get a new hairdo? It looks super cute in that picture! As for me, I am STILL unorganized in an unhealthy way – it stresses me out but I cannot do anything about it right now. *sigh*

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