s, it's been almost 10 months since I began this journey and I have met a lot of great people along the way. The benefits of walking this journey with all of you have been more than I could have hoped for,
I find, however, that as I try to loose these last 6 pounds or so, I have become more relaxed in my eating and also not as vigilant about eating "clean" and keeping within my ranges for fat, carbs and protein.
Why has this happened
and what am I going to do about it...
First, I'm here writing this reflection piece. I can thank my fellow BLC18 team mates for posting a Challenge this weekend. In it, participants are asked to reflect on any obstacles on our weight loss journey.
This part of the Challenge really caught my attention! Why? Well, I guess that is the reason for this blog! For the last few weeks, I have been aware that stress, higher than usual, and lack of
are two "biggies" affecting potential non weight loss.
Complacency, what I'm talking here, can be less obvious as an obstacle and a bit harder to
Complacency may be part of the whole journey for every one, I don't know. I'm just glad to have been given the alert about looking for obstacles,
, and to then look squarely in the eye as to what they might be.
It's a matter of the mind, of attitude. I can see how this has come about now that I am sitting here thinking about it.
Here I am, as I close in on my goal weight, wearing clothing and having bought new clothes that fit. I have never been in better shape physically. My clothing not only looks nice but drapes well. I can go into just about any store now and know that whatever I pick out will look at least OK, if not nice. Yesterday,
again to my team challenge to do something scary,
, and for me this was...... I went into an "upscale" shop, tried on clothing, and then walked out into the front where the bigger mirrors were. I was public, out in the open, something I NEVER do when I try on clothing! You probably have an idea of what I mean!!! But back to the point, people at work notice my weight loss and change in body tone. They ask me for advice. Of course, I just mention how much
and that's all that's needed!
All these things, and perhaps just getting tired of constantly watching what I eat, building my day around exercise, being so tightly controlled, has resulted in me relaxing my efforts in the past few weeks. That's OK, you might be thinking. Let me close in on my point (I'm getting there
Today my BMI is 25.1! Wow, from 36.3 when I started.
to me! For sure I am feeling proud...
. There is nothing wrong with recognizing good effort, right? However, a little voice in my head is saying, "What is that phrase, 'Pride goeth before a fall'?"
Another reason for this relaxed attitude might be that I know I can do this, "What is another six pounds or so"
The thing is, if it's a matter of giving myself permission to take a break, I think it's better if done consciously.
Being fully aware, this is the key! Then there's a beginning and an end.
in this complacency, is not ending it. Over these many months I have learned that this is a life long journey and, yes, there will be blips on the road. But without full awareness, one blip can easily melt into another and before long I can see myself going off onto a path that I DO NOT WANT to take!
So what am I going to do, now that I've identified my problem?
The first step is RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!
, moving from a state of complacency to active awareness. I pledge to:
be kind to myself, and give myself a
and permission to take a break when needed, but in doing so will define a beginning and an end.
continue to track my food and have no more that my daily maximum caloric intake.
continue to exercise, but instead of six days a week might decrease it to at a minimum of three days per week.
to weigh in every day. I find this is what works for me. It keeps me accountable and focused as well as increases my understanding of what causes daily fluctuations on the
, e.g., high sodium food.
Getting close to goal weight and beyond that, maintaining it, clearly calls for a new awareness and perhaps skill set that I will have to learn. The thing is, dear
s, I am fairly confident that with this heightened awareness and your continuing support,
, I can do this and if this is happening to you,
To each and every one of you,