Monday, July 14, 2014
I have done well on my journey to healthier living. I've made a number of positive changes in my life which are paying off. I reached my goal weight after losing 50 pounds and for the most part kept it off for a year. But lately I've been slipping. I have not stayed consistently focused on my goals and one of the maddening consequences is that I have gained some weight back. I am still much lighter than I was when I started this journey. However, I had achieved my goal weight and I want to be at that weight and stay there! Spark people has taught me how to lose weight and keep it off. So the problem I've had lately is not a lack of know how. I know how. The problem is the fact that I've not been doing what I know how to do and want to do.
I decided to review the spark coach 90 day program and I'm finding that to be incredibly helpful. I'm picking up on some pointers I missed the first go around. In particular, I realize I need to work on being a more effective coach for myself. Spark Guy speaks about the importance of positive self-talk and seeking out motivational moments. Re-training my mind to make simple statements to myself such as "come on, you can do this" vs. "what an idiot, look how you messed up again" are important to keep me from feeling hopeless and depressed. Motivational moments like intentionally listening to inspiring music, stories, and quotes and getting outside into nature all help empower us to rise up to the challenge of meeting our goals.
Along this line I found this helpful quote from a spark people article: "...getting support from others is only one part of the formula for success. Equally important is your ability to support yourself. In fact, if youíre not the loudest and most active member of your own fan club, your chances for long-term success will be pretty low. Other people may help you get started or keep you going on those inevitable bad days. But you are the one who has to be there for yourself each day when itís time to make the right decisions to reach your goals." http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motiva
I have to be there for myself. I needed to hear this. I have been my own worst enemy lately. Well, that's going to change.