Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I am back from yet another weekend away, which was wonderful, but a lot of eating out has put me in mind of the fact that I have not been as focused on my program as I need to be in order to reach my goal.
So, today I am starting fresh - with a little reflection, a few new goals, and a promise to myself.
I have achieved a fair amount since joining SP, which is GOOD! Hard work, well worth it, so happy to have found this site.. I can't express it. I think you all know what I mean. That is a blog for another day.
I have ditched my old "frienemy," the scale, breaking my habit of weighing in too frequently, and letting that dreaded number define my day - which is GOOD and BAD.
In the GOOD column:
I don't fall asleep every night hoping that I will be rewarded and encouraged by my scale when I step on it in the morning.
I don't wake up with thoughts of weighing in, front and center in my brain.
I don't feel the pressure of reacting - positively or negatively - to the little red, LED digits that are staring up at me as I slowly look down at the scale.
In the BAD column:
I haven't had anyone to answer to on a day-to-day basis in terms of my dietary intake - good or bad, it is just me living with the choices every day. It seems my scale sits side by side with my conscience and I have become a bit complacent.
I don't know how well, or how poorly, I'm doing REALLY. I know I am eating better than I did before SP, and exercising regularly. Also better than before SP. And I know I am not eating as well as I was a month ago, and that has to have an impact. But I don't know yet what that impact is. That is scary.
So, my goals are these:
1 ~ to make friends with my scale, and visit said friend ONCE a week, only. Faithfully, but strictly, once a week.
2 ~ Get back to basics, and stick to my plan of careful, calculated eating and regular, heart-pumping exercise so that my visits with my new friend will be positive, upbeat, and rewarding; as a visit with any good friend should be.
I have to make some changes in order to get there.
1 ~ I need to eat more conscientiously, and track more carefully: get back to basics with my meal plan
2 ~ I need to continue with my cardio workouts and up my stretching and strength work; to get more out of each.
3 ~ I need to eat out less often ~ so as to make #1 more attainable
4 ~ I need to be more accountable by weighing in weekly and posting regular updates, via this blog to keep me honest and focused. Nothing like seeing my progress in black and white to help me stay on the straight and narrow.
So, I'm making a promise to myself, to do my very best, to do all the things listed here. I know I will not be prefect, not every day, but I will work really hard toward perfection.
I have a very busy summer ahead (work wise) and another week at the cabin, with my family and friends, coming up soon. So while I fully intend to enjoy myself, I promise I do not have to overindulge to do it!
I'm printing this out - and posting it in the kitchen AND in my workout room.
Phase 1 has been a really good ride. I've made some wonderful friends and have come to count on all of you for laughs and support. Phase 2 will be even better - this is a letter to me - to remind me it is time to pay attention, focus on my goals, and get back on the path I want to be on.
Here I go.....