Wednesday, February 02, 2011
"Thinking, eating, exercising -- in that order." Trainer Bob Harper, explaining the three most important elements of weight loss on last night's "The Biggest Loser."
I don't think I've ever heard it said better and more concisely. After the past two weeks, I am SOOO convinced that it is true. Let me explain...
I was really on track with my diet and exercise up until Thanksgiving. After losing over 40 pounds and doing a lot of emotional and mental work since I started SparkPeople last March, I felt like my head was really on straight; I was very proud of myself. Then stressors from various sources threw me off my new-found mental balance. I started emotional eating again. Next, my exercise took a fall. Finally, I just sort of gave up and ate whatever I wanted, without paying too much attention to portion control. Good thing I tended towards more nutritious foods as a result of my changed tastes. Even so, I ended up gaining eight pounds.
I struggled until a few weeks ago, when I realized that I did not want to finish this new year anywhere near where I started it. I was seriously ready to do something about my current circumstances.
So what did I do? I applied the tools I had learned since joining SparkPeople, namely focus, set goals, make a plan including small and do-able steps. My first baby step was to start tracking my food again, without worrying too much about changing what I ate. Within a few days I was wanting to eat better and stay within my calorie range. I was rewarded with a pound loss. Then, I decided to up my exercise. It felt good, making me want to continue. I was rewarded with a 1.5-lb loss this week. All this is great, but even more importantly is that I have not been compelled to eat for emotional reasons. A change in perspective or focus is sometimes all that is needed to allow everything else to fall into place.
I am thankful for the attitude adjustment--remembering what this is really all about (not diet or exercise, but being healthy and happy).
Did anyone see last night's "The Biggest Loser"? I thought it was chock full of lessons on what to do and what not to do in order to succeed. What inspired you?