Shannon Stacey

Progress and epiphanies

Lost three more pounds. Yay! I know right now I’ve got plenty of excess crap to burn off and it won’t be very long at all before it evens off and I have to start fighting for those pounds. But that’s okay.

Epiphany was the word of the week.

Epiphany #1: I’m turning forty in September and, because I think my forties are going to be my most awesome years yet, I want to enjoy them. That means being healthier than I am now and not walking a few steps behind my family because I get winded trying to keep up. I plan to hit my fortieth birthday being far more fabulous than when I hit my thirtieth.

Epiphany #2: I’ve spent the last dozen or so years cleaning my kids’ plates. Maybe it started when the teen was a tot and I was lucky if I got his PB&J crusts for lunch. I don’t know. But we were out to eat the other night and, when I had to stop myself from finishing off the fries the teen didn’t want, I realized I always do that. The following day I made the short kid a turkey sub for lunch and he ate about three-quarters of it. On my way to the kitchen, I grabbed his plate to throw away and caught myself picking up the rest of the sub to finish it off. I threw it away instead. When I was telling my mom about it, she said she has a friend who, if she’s at a restaurant and can’t control the plates being taken away immediately, will douse all the leftover food on the table with pepper so she won’t eat it. I’m hoping just identifying the behavior will be enough, but I’ll do that if I have to.

Anyway…so far, so good. According to WW, the healthy weight range for my height is 120-150. I don’t know about that. I mean, I’d love to hit 150. But my end goal, the one that will result in me buying myself a fabulous pair of Fluevog heels, is 170. One, I think it’s achievable. And, two, I’ve always weighed “heavy”. Back when I was sixteen and totally rocking the cheerleading miniskirt, I weighed 130. I know I can hit 170, which would be a 55-pound loss, and be very happy with that.

Now I’ll take two weeks in a row of shed pounds and let it carry me through the weekend, AKA “restaurant time”. (Which is why I weigh in on Friday. I need the boost.) And I know I said I didn’t want this to be the Diet Blog of Doom, but I’ll probably check in on Fridays. One day a week’s not bad.

13 comments to “Progress and epiphanies”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · January 20th, 2012 at 10:15 am · Link

    I think you’re doing great! Congratulations! And recognizing behavior like that is the first step to stopping it. So stop finishing your kids’ food. ;-)

    And happy weekend!

  2. Kelli
      · January 20th, 2012 at 10:32 am · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. Weight is something I’ve struggled with most of my life. I have been a type 1 diabetic for 25 years since I was 7. It is extremely hard to lose weight while you take insulin. I have lost 15 pounds so far with excercise and eating better. I still have a long way to go until I make my goal weight but I’m not giving up.

  3. Tracy S
      · January 20th, 2012 at 11:16 am · Link

    If I may be so bold, I think you checking in once/week is great! It is actually motivating to me as I’m trying to loose too. My goal weight is 160 (first achievable goal). If I’m fit and healthy at that, I’ll stay there, if I can do more, I will. I just need that first goal to be achievable. That’s a 30 lb loss for me.

    I weigh in on Fridays for the same reason as you!! I stayed the same this week, but according to my personal trainer (aka my sister!) that’s okay because my cycle started today so it’s most likely that as she puts on 3 lbs right as her period starts (water weight). So maybe I actually lost a lb or two?! We’ll see next week.

    Keep up the great work!!

    Oh, and btw, those “goal weights for height” are crap. 120 on me is what I weighed in college and when I look at pictures of myself then, I look too skinny. I think I looked my best at 130-135.

  4. Lee Laughlin
      · January 20th, 2012 at 11:35 am · Link

    Please check in regularly!

  5. Lorelie
      · January 20th, 2012 at 12:50 pm · Link

    My goal weight is 135. It means that as of this morning I have 26 lbs to go, and that’s after having lost 20 last year. So….hi. I’m here too. :)

    (btw, I have never, ever, ever public ally admitted my goal weight before.)

  6. Lorelie
      · January 20th, 2012 at 12:51 pm · Link

    *publicly. Oops.

  7. azteclady
      · January 20th, 2012 at 1:47 pm · Link

    Frankly, whatever helps you is good–and hey, it’s your blog!

    Have a great weekend, Ms Stacey

  8. Shannon
      · January 20th, 2012 at 2:52 pm · Link

    Mine’s 218. I don’t think my husband even knows that, actually. Definitely not a number I usually spread around. :)

    And, Kelli, that’s great! Every pound counts and the important thing is not to give up!

    (And you can remind me of that if I slip up and whine about putting weight back on. *g*)

  9. Karen B
      · January 20th, 2012 at 11:04 pm · Link

    Well done Shannon, you’re off to a great start. I need to get back on track with losing weight, a few years ago after my third child I lost 15 kg but after the birth of my fourth child put it all back on plus some. I think once you get the right mind set you can achieve it…..but sometimes it feels like really hard work. You’re doing great.

  10. Chrissy
      · January 21st, 2012 at 6:31 am · Link

    Congrats! Keep up the good work! Really, what you realize about yourself is awesome! I know you’ll knock 55 lbs NO prob. :)

  11. Kat Latham
      · January 22nd, 2012 at 10:02 am · Link

    Good luck, Shannon! What a fantastic start you’ve made so far. :)

  12. Kristina in GA
      · January 23rd, 2012 at 11:07 am · Link

    Good job! I’m working on getting rid of some excess poundage here too… :)

  13. Shannon
      · January 25th, 2012 at 9:34 am · Link

    I’m having a bit of a tough week, but I’m trying to stay on track. Y’all being here helps a lot!

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