Sunday, November 18, 2012
I discovered and joined the Positive Bloggers Spark Team and one of my responsibilities is to post positive blogs regularly. I like this idea because those are the ones that help me stay motivated. So let the blogging begin!
I am launching into a week when I MUST keep my focus! This evening, I'll be attending a church barbecue in another town. Wednesday through Sunday midday, I'll be on the road for Thanksgiving. I will be around supportive people and the stress levels will be minimal, but I won't be able to track accurately every bite I take.
That makes me a little nervous because I know that tracking saves me from myself on a regular basis and gets credit for the [drum roll please] 24 pound weight loss since Memorial Day! I'm so pleased to be at this point and I don't want to slow things down.
Tracking is a sort of comfort zone for me (that's a good thing) and I'll have to stretch beyond that this week. The last time I stepped away from my tracker, when I went to Chicago in early October, I ate too much and the calories and sodium pushed the scale back up, just slightly, but still it took til the end of the month to get back down. I would prefer not to do that again.
I don't mind a slight rise in the scale - especially because restaurant foods have so much sodium and this is quickly reversed - but this needs to be only a short, well-managed vacation from my tracker. Not the beginning of a slippery slope! Life must be lived and this is a lifestyle change for me, so I will not be a drudge but I will make wise choices.
I will use very affirmative self-talk about what I "don't eat". I will not allow myself to become too hungry, which is a major trigger for going over my daily calorie intake goal. I will check my phone and look at those motivational posters. I won't try to guesstimate calories too much because I doubt I would be honest or accurate. I'll just fly without a net and prove to myself I can be trusted to take care of my best interests.
And I WILL start tracking again, the minute I get home next Sunday!