Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I'm back at it again, but this time with a particular goal and date. I am going on a cruise in July and I don't want to be wearing a moo-moo near the water. I have purposed it in my mind to lose 35 lbs...the right way. I'm tired of fad diets. Also, I have identified the roadblocks that have derailed my efforts before and have put provisions in place.
First of all, I am going to stay away from the daily and weekly weigh-ins. When the number on the scale does not jive with what I have in mind, I give up. Which is really stupid when I think about it, because giving up will definitely not help me reach any of my goals.
Secondly, I have accepted the fact that life happens and when it does I should not look at it as losing the war on weightloss, but simply a minor casualty. I must bandage it up and get back into battle.
Thirdly, I have realized that this is a lifestyle change, so I must view it as a marathon and not a sprint. And although my good efforts and changes over the past 3 weeks seem more like 3 months, and I think I should see 3 months worth of progress, in reality it is still just 3 weeks. Change takes time.
And finally, when my husband decides he wants to make buffalo or fried wings for dinner and it is not time for my cheat day.........NO PROBLEM....I've got a stash of the healthy stuff in the freezer. I simply defrost and enjoy. BAM!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
It's so easy during this time of the year to be side tracked with holiday temptations. But you have to preface it in your mind that you have made a plan and will need to stick to it at all costs. Yesterday at our faculty meeting there were beautiful sugar cookies, hot cider, hot chocolate and candy canes. Now, I could not resist, simply for the fact that it was free. However, I gave them to my children. I was really challenged today when I school board came in with 200 Publix cupcakes! I don't care for cream, but this particular brand works for me. Again, though, I resisted temptation. I've got to keep my eye on the prize. Now, I'm not saying that I will go through the entire holiday season w/o taking part in some holiday treats; however, I will limit it to ONE day...CHRISTmas and thank Him for His strength to continue to stick with the plan.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Yeah! I stuck to the plan all week long and my day off is tomorrow. I really feel like I've earned it. I didn't deviate, nor did I create excuses. I did not hit that snooze button once; I even had a couple days when I worked out twice. And there were at least two times when I could have told myself that exercising was not practical under the circumstances, but I didn't. I made other arrangements as to not alter my scheduled workouts. Even more, when I walked into my office and there was a plate of homemade sugar cookies, I had the courage to avoid that pitfall. Boy do I love sugar cookies, especially this time of the year. But I kept my eye on the bigger prize. I feel great about this week's accomplishments.
Monday, December 05, 2011
When I met my husband I was on a fantastic weight loss journey. I was down to around 174 pounds from around 202-204. I was feeling good about myself. I was fitting into a size 14 and even an occasional 12; well on my way to the size 10 I wanted to be.
My husband's one of those old school men who likes a "little meat on the bones." He specializes in comfort food, and is an excellent cook, so I ballooned my way back up to the 190's quickly. During my pregnancy with my son, I shot up to 230 lbs. He didn't nurse well so I'd only lost 20 lbs by the time I went back to work in 6 weeks. But my husband never complained about my weight because his image of the ideal woman was between a size 14 and 18. With that, all efforts to do some form of calorie restriction were derailed. There was no malicious intent on his part, just a different way of thinking; the thought that I should not have to deny myself of the food I want. I began to think that perhaps he was right and if he didn't mind the weight then I will just be who I am---overweight. Soon I realized that I was uncomfortable with that, especially when none of the clothes in my closet fit comfortably. Tight clothes made me more aware of my weight almost every minute of the day.
Whenever I first begin a change in eating habits I am extremely weak minded. Any type of suggestion of comfort foods will derail my efforts. After I have given in to temptation, I feel like all is lost so I may as well go back to all my bad nutritional habits. It never fails that whenever I begin a new change, hubby will make oatmeal raisin nut cookies, or buffalo wings or suggest some "ungodly, and very desirable" treat. As I type right now he is upstairs baking cookies. I am trying to avoid the temptation by blogging on SP.com in the basement of my home. However, when I saw it coming (taking cookies out of the refrigerator and turning on the stove) I went in the bathroom to brush, floss, and gargle....and I keep thinking to myself "I need to get back down to my happy size" minus 10 more. Yield not to temptation!
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