Monday, November 01, 2010
My mind is trying to wrap around the STICKING POINT for me, because I've hit that spot many times and haven't been able to overcome it. So the following is a Message to talk to myself. If it helps you, I'd be glad.
This period that you are in, and that most of us have experienced, is the puzzling, 'mindwarping' stickiness of weight loss.
Right now you are at that moment. That little moment that determines whether we are motivated to track, exercise, stick to our plan ---or whether we let our excitement and success slip away.
What is it that allows us to be motivated for weeks and then to have a mental shift that Blocks continuing on our plan? We absolutely know that it's health and body fitness that we want. What are our priorities? Why have we lost the priority of weight loss and health at that moment?
Maybe we need to give ourselves an Action To Take when we need more motivation. Maybe we need an hourlong walk talking to ourselves about why we are feeling the need for a Kind of food and an Amount of food that leads us away from health. Which is it for you, Kind or Amount?
If we could solve it for this one little moment, we would know why we added the weight. Maybe it's because other priorities are pressing on us and we let go of our attention, our focus, our Time Commitment to stay healthy for ourselves.
Change your actions to line up with your goals:
too much food? measure and track.
too little exercise? stretch and bend 5 minutes while you wait for your coffee or tea, then jog in place for 2 minutes.
family and friends or workspace influence? define your eating area and make your eating area attractive.
Let Nothing into that area that you haven't chosen to eat.
Treat yourself to a 'new' placemat, a 'new' water bottle, or something that makes you happy. Maybe it's just something different from the drawer or cupboard or maybe it's flowers on the table. Change something.
Tell EVERYONE! (home, office, friend's house) if something (we're talking 'thing' ----...NOT their behavior) supports your efforts or blocks them.
Well, that's all I've got. So far I'm motivated to track and I'm working on strength training, that seems to be ok. BUT I'm Really working on the E!!! and getting it into my dailies. (exercise, yes)
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Last night we had a wonderful low cal soup, delicious and the calories fit perfectly in my plan. Whoa! But Old Habits die a slow death. Husband says in the Afternoon "I'll go get a fresh baguette to go with the soup."
Now here's the Bad Habit: what do I say? Or Do? I say that'll be great. AND when he brings it home and puts the whole loaf on the table with butter, I don't say " NO WAY!" We ate the whole baguette from the bakery and with butter!
Later that night I said adamantly (but being clear that it was my responsibility for eating all that bread!) that from here on out, all meals will be served from the kitchen and the plates will be mine or yours, but no extra food on the table. If it's not on my dinner plate, my salad plate or my bread and butter plate; I will consider it unavailable to me.
Whew! Ok, I'm better now. But I was one out-of-control Sparker!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Yes, it can be done. I was hungry, world series just starting, bar crowd really excited! Looked at menu, saw a ton of high calorie foods and found the thing I really loved! Caeser dressing on the side made Chicken Caeser Fajita come to life. Ordered the side: a salad. I passed on the crispy buffalo wings, sandwiches with bacon, avocado, French fries. Wow! I didn't even miss them! The kids had milkshakes and I never even considered one (used to love them).
Tracked food and made the day at the low range of calorie goal!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Amazingly, my calorie intake at the low level within my range works exceedingly well for me! I'm not hungry at bedtime. I'm experiencing reasonable hunger, but not starving or craving food. whoopee! I'm satisfied!
Monday, October 18, 2010
When I travel, my hunger signals seem to go away. I'm sitting at the airport, on the plane, in the car. Even though I exercised in the hotel gym this morning and ate an appropriate breakfast, as soon as I started that travel routine, I felt like I wanted to eat stuff. And I didn't feel hungry. I did take cheese, crackers and apple slices, so that was at least in my control versus restaurant fare. I carried lots of water with me and drank that too. We had a late lunch when we reached our destination airport and even though I didn't feel hungry, I really wanted to eat hot food and a whole meal. I settled on won ton soup and enjoyed it. I left some.
Upon arriving at home, I had hot tea with milk. I'm trying to hold off from eating anything else tonight so that I can enjoy the feeling of being really hungry tomorrow. The meaning For me of this Travel lesson is: Food as Comfort or where's my 'binky'.
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