I saw this on a bump sticker this morning! I found it very meaningful and thought provoking.
I've done weight loss before. Several times -- and successful in taking the pounds off at times. But never in keeping it off.
As soon as I read that line this morning --- Just because I wander doesn't mean I'm lost: I realized that yes in the last several years I've wandered around with the weight loss -- gained and regained but maintaining at this time about 70 pounds. So in 5 years here at Sparkpeople -- I haven't been lost -- it may have looked like I took some wrong paths. Fell over some rocky roads. But I'm learning, I'm maintaining. I'm not lost -- I haven't failed.
Which brings to my next important line:
"There's no doubt about it: Trying to lose weight can be a stressful thing! There's nothing like trying to stick to an eating and exercise program for bringing you face-to-face with true frustration. " SparkCoach
Several of you probably "sensed" my frustration yesterday. But while walking down this path on my journey a few of the things I've learned are:
1. Stay on track as close to plan of eating as possible - it causes me more frustration when I lose that footing.
2. Reach out to others - I'm someone that tends to hide, or isolate ... disappear when things feel tough or frustrating. My first thought yesterday was reach out with a thread and share.
3. Exercise -- another part of my plan that I didn't let go by the wayside -- I got out and walked for 10-15 minutes during my major frustration and then back out at lunch for another walk.
4. Kept my streak going with the diet pop --- 35 days (oct 4th last one) --- yesterday diet pop for me would have been like alcohol to some -- I would have lost myself in that and continued and then what .... more frustration .... because I'm very please with my progress at this time.
So ... JUST BECAUSE I WANDER ... I'm not lost --- I'm just finding the right path. At times the right path probably will not feel the smoothest and may not be the most level ground. And as I wander -- I will find the path that I continue on for the rest of my life -- much more healthy and at a healthier weight for me.
s for reaching back out to me with some wonderful thoughts, tips and feelings. Some are still taped to the bottem of my computer monitor -- and ALL are in my heart this morning.
I was going to explain some of the frustration --- but thought -- don't go there --- it's the wrong fork in the road at this time.
Reminded myself of another favorite quote.
My mind is like a bad neighborhood --- I shouldn't go there alone!
Have a wonderful day everyone. Wonderful weekend.