Saturday, April 04, 2009
Diet strategy for this week suggests I post about a setback. Sometimes it feels like I am on a see-saw. Up one week, right back down the next. It is so easy to give in and give up. Dieting and exercising can be the hardest change ever. So much so that many of us just don't succeed in making a real life change.
I have been stuck on this see-saw for thirteen years. I got divorced thirteen years ago and that is when stress and emotions drove me to comfort food. Also, I had to join the workforce which meant no more cooking from scratch everyday and more and more processed foods.
Coming home tired, hungry and stressed at the end of a long day at work is my weakest moment. It is so easy to start grabbing a little of this, a little of that... or maybe a lot of that. It all adds up to unwanted calories and maybe unhealthy nutrition too.
Another place I stumble is sticking to a routine. I am really good for a week or maybe two, but then I get out of sync, maybe because of an event I attend on a night I would otherwise exercise, then there I am off the path to better health for the next few days. I am a creative person by nature and routine does not come naturally. I think routine is what I need, but to succeed I have come to understand that I must build variety and creativity into my routine or I will always veer off the beaten path. I have also planed my exercise week to have Fridays and Sundays off. This allows me two makeup days if I want to do something else on an exercise night and gives my body some rest days.
If only weight loss were a straight line downward! I lost two pounds last week and gained it back this week. However, if I look long term, I have lost16 pounds since last summer. That is not bad. Not where I want to be, but it is progress. This is the beauty of tracking. If i wasn't tracking and I saw that I gained two pounds this week that I lost last week I might be frustrated with the seeming futility of my diet. But since I am tracking and have some baseline and milestones to review, I know I have made some progress long term. I can also look at weeks that went well and determine some reasons why or look at weeks that didn't go so well and figure it out.
It is also very helpful to journal so that you know what else besides and food and exercise which were going on during the week. This is some very important information about my performance in my journey to a changed way of life and a healthier me.
So how was your week? Mine was two steps back on the scale, but I think by writing this blog, I feel like I have made some lifestyle progress. I can look back and see where I have been, and I am encouraged to get to the gym to day to reinforce my exercise habits. Maybe I will try some new exercises today!