Sunday, March 16, 2008
It's the beginning of March madness...college basketball goes crazy as 64 teams battle it out to determine who's the best team in the country. In many games, the teams are very closely matched in speed and skill. The game is not won by wide margins, and you don't know who's going to win til the final buzzer blows.
In most of those games, the team that wins is the team that stays toughest, that doesn't give up when it looks like the odds are stacked against them.
There are lessons for us in our weight loss journey from the attitudes of those teams.
1. It's not over til it's over. Just because you feel you've lost ground today in your fight against weight doesn't mean you've lost the battle. It just means you got behind. You have to re-commit yourself and stay in the game in order to be victorious. Every bit of energy you give to achieving your goals is important, and you CAN win the battle if you stick it out.
2. How you manage your time is critical. Basketball coaches know they have to use their time wisely if they're not going to run out of time to win, especially in a tough game. To win your battle against weight, time management is also critical. You need time to exercise, time to plan and prepare healthy, calorie-wise meals. If you misuse your time, you won't have the time to get that exercise in or plan/prepare those meals, and you'll end up making bad choices that will have a negative impact on achieving your goals.
3. When you feel you're losing the battle, take a time-out. When the opposing team gets 'hot' and starts picking up points, a coach often calls a time-out..it's a chance to regroup and try to get back on top of the situation, rather than letting it spiral out of control. There are times we need that too. Sometimes we just need to STOP, take a bit of a time out to evaluate what's not working...WHY it's not working...and figure out how to get control of the situation. Otherwise we often allow the situation to spiral out of control, and feel more and more defeated. Get control of the situation, don't let it control you.
Stay tough..stay focused...you CAN win this battle!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Lots of people start. They make New Year's resolutions, turn over a new leaf, decide to start a 'diet', exercise routine, etc...
But they don't stick to it. Somewhere along the way they give up. They never reach the finish line.
I entered a Biggest Loser contest several months ago. Over 1100 people entered the contest... only about 200 finished. 900 of the 1100 gave up. They quit.
People come and go on Sparkpeople all the time. All full of enthusiasm and excitement, they sign up for an account, create a page, join a team, post their commitment to lose the weight... and disappear.
Most people won't lose weight the way the contestants on the Biggest Loser tv show do: 5, 10, 15 lbs at a time. Instead, it will be a pound, 2 pounds, or maybe just half a pound a week. But the ones who get the weight off are the ones who don't quit.
It's that simple.
Monday, December 31, 2007
Many of us have struggled with weight issues a long time, and sometimes we approach a new 'diet' plan with somewhat jaded eyes. We have this 'been there done that' attitude, and unfortunately, the 'there' we've been to is failure. We tried. We failed. We gave up. Then after awhile another diet came out..low carb, low fat, South Beach, whatever the diet du jour was... we tried it, we failed. Once again we gave up.
So what will make this different?
I challenge you to make three affirmations daily:
1) I CAN succeed.
2) I am WORTH the effort.
3) I WILL do whatever it takes to get the weight off and get in shape.
Write those down, and read them daily, memorize them, repeat them to yourself. You CAN do it. You are capable of success. You are WORTH the effort. No matter how discouraged you may feel, you are not a failure as a human being because you are overweight, so don't berate yourself. Love yourself, and accept that you are worth the effort it takes to make yourself trimmer and healthier.
Finally, commit yourself to doing WHATEVER IT TAKES to succeed. Say it out loud, "I will do whatever it takes to lose weight and get in shape." Say it over and over and over and over again until you believe it. The first step in changing your behavior is to change the way you think.
If you have approached this with a 'I hope this works but I'm somewhat skeptical because I've tried and failed so many times before' kinda attitude... before you can change your body you have to change your mind.
If you change the way you think, believe you CAN do it, you are WORTH the effort, and commit to doing WHATEVER IT TAKES... you WILL succeed, you WILL lose weight, you WILL get in shape, you WILL beat this and like the person you see in the mirror.
Three affirmations. Write them down. Memorize them. Say them daily. Make yourself believe them.. and you WILL succeed.
I want you to join me in the winner's circle this year.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
The year is drawing to a close. No matter what happened in 2007, it's now past history, and 2008 is looming upon us. It's time to start a new chapter in my life, recommit myself afresh to the goals I have set, forgetting my successes and failures in the past year and starting with a clean slate.
I find a lot of people struggling with self-blame for past failures, and that self-blame becomes crippling for the future. So, if I can say one thing to anyone struggling with feelings of failure in the weight loss struggle, it would be : forgive yourself. Consider the stroke of midnight on December 31 to be your moment of wiping the slate clean, and start the year fresh. It's a new year, a new opportunity to succeed.
You CAN do it, as can I. And together we will succeed.
Happy New Year.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
As Christmas draws near, I want to wish all my friends here on Sparkpeople a very merry christmas! (and a healthy new year)
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