Saturday, June 25, 2011
You may have noticed that my SparkPage shows only a 10-lb weight loss goal. Trust me, I have a lot more to go than 10 lbs! One of the things I decided after reading the Spark was that I needed to break down my goals into smaller, more readily achievable "baby" steps. Since I'm leaving for a mission trip to Guatemala on Aug. 3rd, I decided that 10 lbs by Aug. 3rd would be an achievable goal that would keep me going during these first couple of months of my fresh start on SP. So far so good, if my daily trips to the scale are any indication (2 lbs in just under a week!). I know the experts all say to weigh in just once a week, but I've never been able to do that. I just try to remember to take into account the inevitable fluctuations that I'll see on the scale, and try to keep it going in a general downward trend. I'm not entering my weight daily, especially if it's ticked back up, but I do take pleasure in adding a new lower number whenever I see it! I guess I need to commit to input my weight every Monday just to be fair, regardless of what the scale says. But keeping an eye on it daily has helped me to make better choices so I see less upticks and more downticks!
Another baby step that I just started today was to try to track my food before eating it (planning a full day or week is just beyond me right now!). I already forgot to add the teriyaki sauce I added to my stir-fry at lunch, but I did get it added once I remembered. I have a challenge today since I'm going to the FC Dallas soccer game tonight and know that I'll be eating out, so I'm not sure what I'll be able to order (thank goodness for the SP iPhone app, so I can add it before I take a bite!), but I've already budgeted to be able to have one beer so I don't feel deprived.
Baby step #3 has been to try to get some kind of exercise in every day (with the possible exception of Sundays off). I've done pretty well with that, with a couple of exceptions where I overdid it (or my trainer overdid it!), and had to rest up for a day. I'm finding water aerobics to be a relatively painless form of exercise, particularly during this brutally hot Dallas summer!
When you watch a baby taking their first steps, you don't berate them for falling down a time or two -- you just cheer them on and encourage them as they try, and you burst with pride when they achieve their goal. Isn't that the way we should treat ourselves when we're trying new challenges in our weight-loss journeys? I'm going to try to remember that during the numerous and inevitable stumbles that I'm going to have during this time. Please be sure to treat yourself the same way!
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.... You are precious and honored in my sight, and . . . I love you." Is 43:1, 4