Sunday, September 22, 2013
Sometimes you just have to for yourself, right?
I've been struggling lately to give the attention to my fitness and food program. Stress and excess demands at work have eaten into my evenings, which is my "me" time to workout, plan my meals, prep for the next day, etc.
Today I did my 55 minute workout, planned and made my lunch (and my daughter's) for Monday, and ate well all day. Feels great.
So yes, I'm guilty of killing it today!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Watch your self-talk this week. Interrupt "I don't feel like it" and "I can't do it" immediately. Replace your self-defeating or self-scorning thoughts with positive affirmations. Don't say "I'm not good enough." Also don't say "I will get healthy." Neither of these acknowledge where you ARE right now.
Try "I am living a healthy lifestyle," "I am strong," "I eat to reach my goals," or "I am a worthy, positive person." All of these build you up, and speak to where you are and what you're doing today.
Your body will respond to what you tell it!
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Goal weight is a minimally useful concept. The number on the scale does not define your physical health, your emotional wellness, your spiritual connectedness, your mental acuity. It does define your relationship with gravity on this planet. That's all.
You know what else is true? Reaching the end of the weight-loss journey is a complete fiction. If you're actually in this to win it, you can't expect there to be a time that you won't be working with the same skills you're using now. So do your best to master the requisite patience, self-respect, discipline, self-care, and nutrition and fitness knowledge you need to carry you through a lifelong journey. Anything less than that is selling yourself way short.
The goal is nothing more than that elusive lifestyle change we all talk about so much. Not a number on a scale. Not a really cool "after" photo. Not a body-fat percentage to envy. Living with joy, humor, agility and kindness, in a healthy body is the victory you're after.
You can do it. We can do it.
Monday, September 02, 2013
(I just posted these thoughts in response to another member on the message boards, and I want to remember them for myself. Maybe they'll be useful to someone else, too.)
Consider all the setbacks part of one journey. Then, when you encounter them, you don't see them as an end or a failure, just a rough patch. Remember that what matters is that you keep going, no matter how many times you've faltered, fallen down, gained some weight back, gained it all back, etc. We've all done those things. We've all had those moments and months. That's life. Just keep going.
It helps me to look for what I can learn from the setbacks and stumbling points. What was going on for me that I fell down, and what can I adjust to take better care of myself?
Planning is a good tool to prevent setbacks. So is compassion for yourself. Be kind to yourself when you have a slip. See it as part of a total picture of progress, rather than a failure. Don't throw out a dozen eggs because you drop one on the floor, if you follow me. Just clean up the mess as best you can, and continue cooking.
Fall down 100 times, get up 101 and you're a success.
Monday, September 02, 2013
I did it! I made it to my goal weight on September 1st. So it took me just less than 6 months to lose 32 pounds on the DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution.
I wish I had something brilliant to say. I'm mostly just tickled. And looking forward to maintenance.
So what's next? I'm adding just 100 calories per day right now, to see how that affects my weight. I am looking into adding calories by incorporating chia seeds, and maybe some additional protein into my diet, and things to jazz up the veggies I eat. Nothing fancy, nothing extreme. I eat below the SP recommended range of carbs, but not very low. This works best for me with my blood glucose and keeps my head on straight as far as my priorities for meal planning. Also, I'm working out a lot, because I'm training for a Spartan Sprint 5K obstacle course race.
Any successful maintainers have thoughts to share?
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