Monday, February 08, 2010
Recently I have been weighing on Wednesday and Sunday. I like the mnemonic of "weigh-in Wednesday," and Sunday seems like a reasonable addition. I don't want to weigh more frequently than that, because seeing daily fluctuations on the scale doesn't seem conducive to keeping myself steadily on track.
In 2009 I saw a few intervals of quick loss and I also saw multi-week plateaus. I am grateful to God that I stayed on course: progressively cleaning up my food choices, normalizing my portions, increasing my exercise, and strength training about once a week. Over the year I lost 35 pounds, and that as a lump sum is the biggest encouragement to me now. I know if I keep going and am reasonably consistent like I was last year, I can lose 35 pounds again this year.
The new factor is I've bumped up my level of commitment, specifically to complete the assignments in The Beck Diet Solution. I set specific goals, including daily exercise, daily food tracking, and staying accountable on the Beck Team. So I'm very hopeful I can lose a bit more than 35 pounds this year. But I'm going to stay on track, whether I see the scale move fast or not.
I'm getting more comfortable with the reality that my eating program needs to look about the same in 2011, and in 2012, and in 2013 . . . .
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Slowly I am learning to do this. I am gaining a better sense of perspective.
Paul the Apostle had a first-century Plog---I'm thinking it would have been a papyrus-log instead of a web-log! Writing to friends in the city of Philippi, Paul said, " . . . one thing I do: FORGETTING WHAT LIES BEHIND AND REACHING FORWARD TO WHAT LIES AHEAD, I PRESS ON toward the GOAL for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Pondering his situation has heartened me when I've blown something so profoundly that I feel like quitting. This man had a violent past and a longstanding stubbornness toward God. Yet Paul was fully pardoned . . . atonement purchased on his behalf by Jesus Christ. Subsequently PAUL'S BEHAVIOR REFLECTED THAT TRUTH!
If anyone had reason to wallow in the failures of the past, it would be Paul. But he put it behind him. He had to start again THIS MOMENT. He looked FORWARD to PRESS ON. Certainly he was speaking of an ultimate goal, the final weigh-in so to speak, when once again his confidence would rest in the perfection of Christ Jesus chalked up to his credit.
But the principle is a valid application to the smaller things also . . . my smaller goals, like sticking to my eating plan today and getting moving to do that workout when I'm just dragging. Scripture says forget my failures, reach forward to the next choice, press on for the goal.
Quote is from the New Testament, The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians, chapter 3, verses 13 & 14.
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Life will be much easier if every time I am tempted, I confidently say to myself, NO CHOICE! I am absolutely not going to give in!
Giving myself at least partial credit allows me to regroup, start fresh, and stay on track with my eating plan.
I will eat slowly. I will notice every bite. I will stop when my planned food is gone. I will refrain from taking seconds.
I can squarely face each mistake and devise ways to avoid that in the future.
I am a strong person. I can deal with negative emotions without emotional eating. It only makes my situation worse.
Unplanned food is such brief enjoyment, and then later I always wish I could get my calories back!
It's more important to me to lose weight than to have that tempting food. If I eat that, I'll get momentary pleasure, but afterwards I'll feel worse. It's not worth it.
Sticking to my eating plan is worth it.
When I slip, it's a temporary mistake, not a sign to give up. Dieting has many natural ups and downs.
Dieting gets hard. This happens to everyone. I expect these rough patches. I can persevere and get through these temporary difficulties.
I can stick to my eating plan no matter what is going on in my life.
I am a strong person. I can tolerate my negative feelings. I will not use food to medicate myself.
I can learn to diet successfully, just as I once learned to drive a car or use a computer.
Thin people don't rely on food to comfort themselves. They do other things when they are upset.
I haven't "totally blown" my diet. If I get right back on it, I will likely gain, at most, half apound. This is not a major setback. I can start again right this moment.
Father in heaven, thank You for creating me and for filling the earth with good food. Thank you for this food I'm about to eat. I choose to be grateful and content. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Never go to the grocery store hungry. Never, ever, ever go to the grocery store hungry.
Give yourself the freedom not to be perfect. You can just jump in with both feet, get messy and get started. (Thanks to BigLittleWoman)
I will no longer anesthetize myself with food.
This is just a craving. I don't have to pay attention to it. It will pass.
Stop all of the complaining; it doesn't look good on you. (Thanks to BOTZZZ)
I CAN deal with my emotions in ways that do not involve food.
Even though I feel like eating more, it's worth it to me to stop now. I want all the Advantages on my list to come true.
I CAN put my fork down before I talk at a meal.
One mistake will not ruin my diet, but falling back into old patterns will.
Don't let a bad moment turn into a bad day (from BigLittleWoman via ID_Vandal)
Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. (The New Testament, The Gospel of Luke, chapter 6, verses 6&7)
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