Monday, February 16, 2009
NO MORE PENCILS,
NO MORE BOOKS.
NO MORE TEACHERS'
When most of us finished school, we grabbed that diploma and mentally or physcially dumped at least one textbook in the garbage, intending never again to look at that heinous subject. You can go 50 years--or a lifetime--without thinking about a geometry theorem, an object of a preposition, or electrons and protons.
Many people approach weight loss the same way: Reach the goal, "graduate," never have to think about it again. Right.
The hardest part about reaching a weight loss goal is maintaining it. I can remember thinking, "Oh it won't be hard for me because I can't imagine not exercising every day for an hour, and I definitely would NEVER GO back to my old eating habits. Nosiree.. I have CHANGED."
For everyone, life eventually interferes and tests the depth of one's resolve.
When I started back to school, my time constraints erased from my calendar the hour a day I had set aside for exercise. My constant companions were not my gym buddies, but rather other students and hospital workers whose days are brightened with any excuse for a celebration involving food.
I never abandoned my goals. But maintaining my nutrition and exercise habits has sometimes taken a back seat to other pressing demands. While 12 pounds doesn't seem like the end of the world after losing 125, my clothes are tighter, my resolve is weaker, and I feel less confident in every way. Notably, I have had several recent opportunities to talk to people who have expressed a desire to lose weight. In the past, I would have shared my success in an effort to help them and show them what is possible. Lately I just keep quiet. I guess I feel like I should be perfect in order to have something to offer.
Bottom line, I know that "If I keep on doing what I'm doing, I'll keep on getting what I'm getting." Bad habits, a lack of commitment to exercise, excuses for poor choices will definitely lead to decreased confidence, weight gain, ill health, less stamina, more regret.
It's time for me to nip this behavior in the bud. On May 11, I graduate from school with a degree and training that will help me create a whole new professional life. At that time, I want to be where I was physically and emotionally when I was on ELLEN a year ago.
I have 12 weeks to reach my goal of losing 12 pounds. That may be a bit ambitious, but I can give it my all. When I take my diploma this time, I'm hanging on to all I've learned, however difficult it was.