Saturday, January 28, 2012
Looking back over the years, I realize I have been less than consistent in my efforts to be "healthy". Even looking at my blog entries, I see that my last attempt at this was 6 months ago. Well rather than hang my head down in shame, I am going to keep on keeping on.
I saw a counsellor a couple months back to discuss some issues in my life unrelated to weight loss. Well, to my surprise, this professional seemed to zero in on my issues with my weight without me even mentioning it.. ... I geuss the obvious is that she could see my body size/shape, but still it amazed me how she was able to zero in. She made some simple suggestions:
-stop focusing on the scale so much.
-find a pair of pants or outfit that I really love (that doesn't fit anymore) and hang it in my closet. Try it on evey couple weeks.
-make a point of getting out of the house at least once a week to do something fun or join a gym and make sure I go once a week
These suggestions migh seem minor but to me they are a big deal. I don't know how she knew, but I have been really focused on the scale. I have issues with water retention (early kidney disease) and so it is not uncommon for me to retain upwards of 8 lbs of water at any given time. How unmotivating especially on weigh in day.
I picked a pair of jeans and did just what she said. Somehow subliminally I seem to be focused on getting back into them. Amazing the power of the mind.
Getting out of the house is also a big thing for me. I live 1/2 hour from the nearest town, but only 5 minutes from my work. As a result I might get to town only once a week to shop etc. I'm not spending any time on myself. I found a cute little gym and a very fit and kind lady from my work to exercise with for a couple hours every Friday (except yesterday because I was sick). This makes me feel good inside.
So I don't know how the counsellor knew these things, but they have been really helping me. They are so simple and yet effective. Today I stepped on the scale for the first time in over two weeks to find I am down 2 lbs from my last weigh in. Maybe its just a small loss, but they will all add up!! I am pumped... I feel like I can do this....