In May, I measured myself just out of curiosity, and saw My Fitness Pal in flipping through my dad's phone (really, you thought only small children did this). I decided to download it and just see where I was on an average day calorie-wise. I set my initial goal to lose ten pounds. I thought, "Hey, if this happens, cool." I didn't go into it with the mindset that I needed to lose weight or look a certain way. Over the course of a month, it became a game for me!
I'm happy to report that I've reset my goals three times after meeting them each time, and I've found myself thinking in terms of health and exercise. I feel healthier than I have in so long, probably ever in my memory, and I did it for what I feel like were the right reasons for me. I did it to be a fitter, healthier version of myself - not to change, and not with the initial goal of dropping 50 pounds. While I used to think losing 50 pounds would be ideal, I'm now aware that that would not only be kind of unhealthy for me, but I definitely don't have the genetics to keep that kind of measurement long-term, and it's okay to come to terms with that.
The best part is that I've hit that point people talk about and you roll your eyes at them because that could never happen, right? I'm happy where I'm at, and I would rather step away from the chips than feel like crap tomorrow. Who knew? My Fitness Pal has been around for a while, and I'm late coming to the game, but it really helped me set, track, and reach goals. I'm still working at it daily, but it doesn't feel like a stress now that I know how good I feel on this end of the hard work! And truly the best part is needing to buy new clothes - that alone keeps me going! :)