Saturday, April 24, 2010
YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!
In terms of eating right and following the spark system, this week was challenging to say the least. I had a goal at the beginning of the year to cook dinner at home 5 out of 7 nights a week. I've done pretty well all year up until recently. And this week we were out nearly every night due to ribbon cuttings, and special events, etc. Thursday at noon we had a ribbon cutting at a new hospice company and they provided us lunch from Sonny's bar-b-que. I sat down to pulled pork bar-b-que, beans and slaw and chocolate cake with icing. That was just one meal. Last night we went to a nice restaurant with the barbershoppers and I had 3 beers! Food was all right but 3 beers? How am I expected to lose weight when I eat and drink like this? So I am fessing up here and vowing to be accountable this week.
I haven't tracked all of my nutrition for several weeks so today I decided to track yesterday, including the 3 beers and everything else I ate. Surprisingly, the whole day only netted 2147 calories! I expected much worse but I guess my meals during the day were low in calories which made up for it. So you see, if I track daily, I might find out that what I thought was a bad day, actually wasn't that bad.
I need to do this. I am on the verge of retreat. The time in everyone's weight loss journey when they give up and gain it all back. I've only lost 5 to 7 pounds, 5 today. As the 2 lb fluctuation is back and seems to be staying. There's a new team, Eating Without Compromise and I've joined up. There is lots of daily info being sent to my mailbox and I read the part about making a vision statement on why I want to lose and what do I want my life to look like. So I am going to concentrate on that today. In addition, I never did a vision collage so I need to think about that. I will focus on what I CAN do and I won't get down on myself. I think when we get down on ourselves, we allow ourselves to retreat back to our old ways. So that is out of the question.
I am setting goals for this week only. 1. Cook dinner 5 out of 7 nights. 2. limit sweets to a special evening or occasion. 3. Examine exercise options and figure out why I am avoiding them. I'll try out a DVD to see if I can get it to work and maybe come up with a simple routine to do each day. 4. Work on a vision statement. 5. Weigh in on Monday and record the actual weight. 6. Complete nutrition tracking daily.
I must be truthful to myself. Number 1 step to weight loss and good health. Sneaking food and not recording it is a lie. I don't lie to others, why do I lie to myself? And God who knows all?
I'm looking forward to an inspirational day today!