Friday, June 01, 2012
So – here we all are at the beginning of a new month. I wish you all a happy and successful June.
This is the month when I intend to make some measured and serious progress here. I've said that before many times in different ways and failed to get to where I want to be, but I never quite give up. After dithering around on the edges of Spark for a while after my most recent weight gain, I made a new start here on May 25th. I can be positive today – altho it's only a week I'm happy to have been staying on track with calorie consumption and nutrition, done strength exercises and kept up my very basic walking programme which I MUST MUST MUST perk up - for the sake of variety and to save me from boredom. I need to walk faster and longer but also find some other cardio to do. Bought a hula hoop but it’s so light I can’t keep it up for long. I used to love hooping but have no recollection of the weight of my hoops when I was a child. I've found that I can actually buy a weighted one so unless anyone knows of a way to weight the one I have, I’ll be investing in another. Of course it may be just a question of forgotten technique and muscle tone. Any suggestions/advice gratefully received.
I made a resolution not to hop on the scales too much because they can freak me out – not to say obsess me. It’s weird not weighing in weekly though, because that can be a measure of progress but I know it isn’t to be relied on. I’ve taken body measurements but nothing has changed in the last week obviously. I know from experience that if I get on the scales weekly and see no change I’ll be very tempted to give up so I’m resolved to leave well alone until 4 weeks after the start of this new effort. Thus June 25th is weigh-in day. In the meantime I'm tracking fitness minutes but I do need some other motivation. I hope my clothes will get a bit looser soon – that’ll make me happy in so many ways. I do have a particular pair of jeans that are on the small side(for me!). I did get into them before Christmas but alas they cause a big muffin top now – so they will be a measure of a non-scale victory.
A wise and supportive SP-friend left me a message : ‘Don't focus on getting there (referring to my goal) soon if you are doing so. Make the small changes that can most easily become permanent.’ You know who you are and I thank you for the timely reminder.
Most of my good friends here know that I get excited about progress towards goal when it’s going well and that I then let it all drop (despite these friends' best efforts to keep me going) when progress is poor so I give myself no chance truly to establish new habits. That is my principal reason now for not weighing too often.
Plod on with determination seems to be the way forward. Wish it didn’t sound rather boring to me – but I know it certainly won’t be boring at all when I eventually get there. The sense of achievement will be huge. Need to focus on that thought.