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Complacency: My Obstacle in the Home Stretch Towards Goal!!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Well my emoticons, 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, emoticon all!

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 emoticon and what am I going to do about it... emoticon.

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 emoticon 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 emoticon!

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, emoticon, 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, emoticon again to my team challenge to do something scary, emoticon, 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 emoticon 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 emoticon).
Today my BMI is 25.1! Wow, from 36.3 when I started. emoticon to me! For sure I am feeling proud... emoticon. 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'?" emoticon
Another reason for this relaxed attitude might be that I know I can do this, "What is another six pounds or so" emoticon.

The thing is, if it's a matter of giving myself permission to take a break, I think it's better if done consciously. emoticon moment!

Being fully aware, this is the key! Then there's a beginning and an end.

The emoticon 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! emoticon, moving from a state of complacency to active awareness. I pledge to:

emoticon be kind to myself, and give myself a emoticon and permission to take a break when needed, but in doing so will define a beginning and an end.

emoticon continue to track my food and have no more that my daily maximum caloric intake.

emoticon continue to exercise, but instead of six days a week might decrease it to at a minimum of three days per week.

emoticon 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 emoticon, 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 emoticons, I am fairly confident that with this heightened awareness and your continuing support,

emoticon, I can do this and if this is happening to you, emoticon too!

To each and every one of you,

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  • LCDM83
    Awesome blog Jan! You've got so much self-awareness about what is going on and have a great plan on how to get to your ultimate goal! emoticon
    2166 days ago
    What an amazing blog Jan! So full of insight! I am so glad you are so close to your goal and have recognized what it will take to reach it! You have done so well and deserve to pat yourself on the back for all your hard work. Congrats! emoticon
    2179 days ago
    You are one smart lady Jan, and you're awareness is off the charts. Sounds to me you know exactly whats up and how to fix it. This is all very exciting.
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    2179 days ago

    Just a thought?
    Maybe stepping out of your comfort zone would help? It can be a highly enlightening and soul-stirring experience. If you move away from familiar territory and begin exploring the vast and captivating world of the unknown, your creativity is sparked and your mind is opened. Exposing yourself to new ideas, people, and situations opens the door to dreams and achievements unlike those you’ve attained before. Your thought process also changes as you integrate new information into your being. Leaving your comfort zone behind allows you to find adventure, shake off your humdrum feeling, and build your confidence because you find yourself succeeding when faced with opportunities to grow. Step out of your comfort zone today, and you will begin to enjoy a greater intellectual freedom.
    Time to change things up.
    I can tell you how to shed those last six pounds if your willing to follow my lead?I did this for six weeks and lost 20!
    Go to our Focusing on Incredible health and weight loss forum and follow the first six week plan! It works And can guarantee you drop those and maybe a few more within that time!
    2180 days ago
    Great reflection. I'm dealing with the same. So close to goal but its taking forever. It's okay. Finding balance along the way is important too. Those last 6 will come off when you are ready.
    2180 days ago
    Really appreciate your insightfullness. Great plan and inspiration. Good words to think on.
    Thank you!
    2181 days ago
  • APED7969
    I think when we get near goal it is pretty common that it gets harder to lose that last little bit and it is easy to become complacent. I know I am about 10lbs from being at the top range of a healthy BMI and I am finding it much harder. I'm sure some of it is complacency creeping into my diet. Sounds like you have a good game plan! emoticon
    2181 days ago
    Yes, I've had this happen to me periodically. I just try to stay the course and eventually, I get stricter again. You'll find your pace again.
    2181 days ago
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