Friday, December 07, 2012
Day 200 has come and gone!
If you’ve paid attention over the last few months, I used to say it was “Day ___ of consecutive days on plan.” However, I went on vacation and took a few days to just enjoy life without counting. I realized I could no longer say “Day ___ of consecutive days on plan.” I felt sad. I felt defeated. I felt like I failed. But the reality is that life happens. And while it is great to have consecutive days on plan, I kind of felt like I was setting myself up for complete and total failure.
So today is Day 204 of my Life-long Journey of Change! And indeed it has been a journey of change. In 204 days I have lost 45 pounds. I have kept it off. I have vacationed and not gained. I have thrown away large clothing because I am not going to need them again. I have vowed to not gain over the holidays. I have changed my eating habits. I have changed my sleeping habits. I am a healthier person today than I was 204 days ago.
My latest revelation in the journey came around the time I went on vacation. When you lose weight, the goal is to lose what you need to lose. Whether it is to lose 20 pounds or 120 pounds, the goal is the same. But those of us who have to lose 120 pounds struggle when we’re not losing. When you hit that first plateau, it is defeating to work hard and look at numbers on the scale that just don’t seem to add up. And, at the same time, it is a struggle to do the same things day after day after day to lose a pound or two a week. It just becomes old.
I returned from vacation and there was Thanksgiving, complete with all the trimmings . . . turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pies and the appropriate pumpkin, apple and pecan goodies. So I didn’t lose that week. And really, what’s wrong with not losing? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING . . . provided I’m not gaining.
And what is next . . . the holiday season. Candies, cookies, sweet treats aplenty!
Think about this, if you will. The goal of just about every single weight loss plan is to lose weight. Once you lose the appropriate amount of weight, the next goal is to maintain that weight. If you have 20 or 40 pounds to lose, you can work to lose the weight and that next phase comes along pretty quickly. If you have 100 pounds to lose, you’re not going to hit that maintenance phase for quite some time and it all becomes very old. Throw a few plateaus in there and it becomes older than old.
So what is wrong with taking a break for a while and learning to maintain your new weight. It’s a weight you’re proud of, and to be bored and frustrated is not a good thing. So I decided to take a few weeks to maintain and begin to strategize for my next phase, whether it be 20 or 40 more pounds.
It may not be ideal for everyone, but this is going to be a life-long journey, so I need to learn to maintain now, not later. Because what if later never comes? What if I get so frustrated when the scale isn’t moving, that I give up. I’ve given up before, and I'm NOT going to give up this time.
I have my two books that I'm reading . . . I have a Fit Bit that I'm trying out . . . and I have my blue light to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder. I definitely have strategy. And the key is . . . I've not gained back anything I've lost.
So Day 204 of a Life-long Journey of Change is here! I am celebrating the positives and prepping for some new strategies to reach some new goals. It's all good.