Wednesday, March 16, 2011
So I got a lot of feedback on my page and my posts for help (thanks everyone!) and the general consensus is that I am trying to make toooooo many changes at once. I"ve been thinking about it and it is true. I tried cutting everything bad out of my diet at once, working out everyday for at least an hour (just to start!) and pretty much trying to set goals way to fast. Of course what happened.... I crashed and gave up (sort of). So I have come up with a new plan for myself.
I call it the "Week-by-Week" plan. (Corny, I know). Anyway, I am going to start by changing one unhealthy habit a week. Week one will be removing soda and juice and only drinking water and my morning cup or two of coffee (sans the creamer of course). That starts this coming Sunday (yes, I am one of those people who like things to be even, I have to have a start at the beginning of a week). The following week I am going to start implementing an exercise routine. Nothing too difficult at first, just a walk for 30 mins each day and perhaps some strength training every other day. The third week I am going to work on portion control. The fourth week will be the hardest, removing sugary foods from my diet (I have a MAJOR sweet tooth). I am leaving that for the fourth week because I am hopeful that after accomplishing the other mini-goals I will have more motivation not to backslide.
Some on-going goals I need to incorporate are:
#1) STAYING OFF THE SCALE. Sounds counter-intuitive, I know, I mean how will I measure my progress? I will weigh myself but not everyday! I have a tendency to step on the scale everyday, several times a day and that can be discouraging. I want my husband to hide the scale for the first two to three weeks. I need to view this for what it is - a lifestyle change. Yes, I need to lose weight, but I need to get healthy once and for all.
#2) STOP OBSESSING OVER THE DETAILS. By this I mean I will not be using the nutrition or exercise tracker. I know this like a cardinal sin among some Sparkers but it just doesn't work for me. I get all frantic if I can't find the exact food in the tracker. I worry that I didn't burn as many calories as one of the listed exercise routines says because I can't work out as hard as some of those instructors. So for me it is about making healthy changes overall. Do I exercise now? No. So.... starting some type of exercise is better than what I am currently doing. Now, I know enough that I can't just do three sit-ups and call it a day, but I am not going to track every last minute in an effort to make sure I hit some goal. My goal is simply to exercise. Same thing with food. I know that 1) I consume a lot of empty calories (soda, sweet snacks, etc), so I have to cut those out, 2) I eat portions that are too large so I must reduce those to a moderate amount. In time I may use the trackers again if I don't see any progress or come to a plateau, but to start I just need to get into the right frame of mind.
I am also planning on attending a womens group at our church that is called "Made to Crave". It is based on a book by the same title and it is a 6-week class dealing with food and how we were made to consume it and not the other way around (food consuming us). I am looking forward to this class.
Well, thank you all again for your very positive words!!
Good luck in your weight loss journey and God Bless!!!!