Monday, August 17, 2009
So the last half of last week was a write-off.
There was some minor stress with family members coupled with changes in my normal day (picnics in the park, eating out, barbecues at friend's houses, ... ). I'm also starting to gear up for back to school which brings a whole range of emotions with it. Tracking didn't happen, sparking didn't happen, and poor eating habits certainly did. What's even worse is I had a big rah-rah, I'm going to have a great week blog last week.
BUT, it was a couple of days. Not weeks or months. And I'm not going to let it be one day more. I haven't gotten on the scale to see what damage was done, if any. I am standing tall, facing my demons of cravings, negative self-talk, and loss of momentum and saying "Back off! Not this time, bucko!"
I've fallen off the spark wagon before. A year from now I want to be able to say that I wobbled a few times, but I didn't fall down. Not that I lost all my momentum and motivation again.
I'm in this for the long haul.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I am reflecting on two of my reasons each week, picking them randomly.
82) I am losing weight because Iím tired of the back aches.
I have to admit that my back has gotten better over the past year or so as my two-year-old became a three-year-old and then a four-year-old. Less carrying definitely helped. (He was over 10 pounds at birth and the growth rate didnít slow down! )
However, carrying extra weight around my middle as well as on my chest and ďderriereĒ is definitely not good for my back. Itís like carrying around a poorly packed, overstuffed backpack all day, every day. Itís bad for my posture, which in turn hurts my back. I slouch, shift weight onto one hip, and lean on walls, counters, and tables far too much. This extra weight could end up having long term consequences for my back.
Thatís why Iím losing weight.
Monday, August 10, 2009
I got on the scale yesterday and saw a 1 in the third spot.
I really want to be in the 220's by the late August and when I've lost 15 pounds I'm rewarding myself with a haircut and highlights (I need it anyways, so I might as well make it a reward, lol). I am now less than 2 pounds away from reaching both goals.
It's funny what that knowledge has done to my motivation and will power. Both were still pretty good at this point, but knowing how close I am to those goals has given a turbo boost to my determination.
I will drink pools full of water this week. I will go on my nightly power walk and find other ways to do cardio. I will do my scheduled strength training no matter what. I will stay in my ranges for calories and all nutrients. I will check off all of my daily goals every evening. I will not eat any of the 3 pounds of chocolate that my dad gave us (don't ask) or the yummy dessert loaves that my mom sent along with them. When I step onto the scale next Sunday I will know that I did everything that I needed to do to ensure a loss. (And if it isn't enough I'll do it all over again next week ).
So here's my "aha!" moment; I was wishing that there was a way of applying this same level of focus and commitment to the big picture. I mean, it's easy to stay motivated for a week when you've got less than 2 pounds to lose, but the 90+ over the next 11 months ....... I already value the SP idea of setting smaller goals and rewards for yourself, but I realized that I haven't really been doing that on a weekly basis. I think that I will start. I know that I could lose 2 pounds a week, so I will set a goal of 1.6 and give myself a mini reward, something free. Maybe more scrapping time or some other form of pampering.
I'm in this for the long haul, but that doesn't mean I should forget about all the little stops along the way!
Thursday, August 06, 2009
I dropped my oldest off at her friend's house and went to run some errands this morning. I lost my list so it took me a bit longer as I tried to remember everything that I had written on it. I had one of my trusty water bottles with me. My last stop was the grocery store. I needed to stock up on my salad making supplies and some things for the kids' suppers. I was pretty hungry by that point and had to resist several urges to buy certain "health" foods that looked like they might be good. (I really love nutrition labels! )
By the time I got home I was sooooo hungry. You know that shaky feeling you get when you are overly hungry? That was me. I had a plan to make a salad for lunch, but first I had to put the groceries away. And the kids hadn't had lunch yet. And the phone was ringing. And ... you get the picture. It was so tempting to grab something - anything!! - and worry about figuring out the calories later. Instead, I pointed out to myself that making a salad would take less than 10 minutes, not an hour. I could wait. And I did.
The salad was worth the wait. And the weight. When I finished it I was still hungry, but I also realised that sometimes when you get that hungry it can take a while to get over it, so I ignored my hunger and sat down to track my nutrition instead of grabbing something else to munch. Pretty soon I felt full.
I'm rather proud of myself, if I do say so myself. I know that I can use this experience to motivate myself the next time that the going gets tough. After all, if I can exert will power and resist temptation when I'm starving, I should be able to do it the rest of the time!
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