My Weight Loss Philosophy

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I've been reading up on weight loss and all of the articles basically come down to one thing...forget diets and make a life change. Well, I have to say that I agree. Of course, a life change is easier said than done. You're essentially taking a lifetime of habits and trying to unlearn them. For instance, in my home growing up, we didn't really visit the dentist often...mainly because we didn't have the insurance or the money to do so. So, our teeth care regime was simply brushing our teeth twice a day. It wasn't until I became an adult and started seeing the dentist on my own that I realized how inadequate that regime really was. (On a side note, I'm 25 and I've only had one cavity so thank God for that). I began to buy mouth wash and floss and started to use them consistently. However, when I ran out of one or the other, it would usually take me a while to remember to get to the store to pick up more...why? Because it was instilled in me from a young age that they were unnecessary and therefore my brain still has trouble making it a priority.

That's what this weight loss thing is like for me. I can easily stick to the plan when I am home and logging on to Spark People but once my floss runs out so to speak, I forget to pay attention and I end up overeating. My birthday was 2 days ago and we went to Olive Garden for dinner. I certainly threw caution to the wind there because a. I wasn't cooking it and therefore it was a mindless eating trip and b. well, it was my birthday!

I overate by about 500 calories that day (which I hope won't be too bad since I burned 800+ doing some uncoordinated cardio dancing with the wii). From that experience, I've come to a few conclusions that I will keep adding to in order to create my own weight loss philosophy.

1. Back tracks are going to happen but you CAN'T let it stop you the next day. To err is human!
2. Allow yourself to be okay with slipping up on special days. The fact that I overate on my birthday didn't bother me as much as if it were not my birthday because, well, it was a special time and I know I can indulge on those occasions. It's important to not feel guilty about having fun once in a while.
3. If you know you overate, work extra hard at your exercise routine. It will make you feel better about your day and it will help keep the pounds at bay. I got my groove on for 90 minutes that day and let me tell you I paid for it the next was great!

Inspirational Bible Verse of the week: Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all Your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Working on surrendering this process to Him just as I've surrendered other parts of my life.
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