Saturday, December 08, 2012
How good did it feel this morning to see my weight loss ticker slip past 25 pounds????? This isn't an easy journey and I'm not quite to the halfway point, but this is substantially less than I've weighed on any recent Christmas holidays, and tracking my intake, tracking my exercise, and keeping in touch with all the helpful things on Sparkpeople.com is what is making this journey possible.
Tonight I will go to an annual Christmas party and I already know what the menu will be. I have given myself permission to have a small helping of everything, taking care not to hit the nuts-and-cheese-and-cheese-str
aws table prior to the meal (once I start, stopping is unpleasantly difficult, so it will be easier to pour a glass of diet tonic water and talk to my friends). I can't track this meal accurately and even if I could, I wouldn't; seeing the numbers would get distorted in my perception. But I know from experience that if I follow my plan the rest of today and jump back on board tomorrow, all will be well.
After an event like this, I know the scale's blips are temporary. The major effect (and what I have to keep in mind during the coming days) is that further losses will be slower to show up. I accept that and move forward. DISCOURAGEMENT IS THE ENEMY! If I allow myself to get discouraged, the terrorists will win!
That last statement always makes me chuckle because it seems an absurd overstatement, but in a way, it may be true. There are plenty of people in my world who have a stake on predicting I won't get my weight and overall health under better control. They are friends in 99 ways out of 100, but on this point, they are "weight terrorists", people whose personal weight problems will seem easier to bear if they don't get reminded by the sight of me that there IS a remedy.
OK, I'm keeping that Terrorist chuckle in my mind all the rest of today and this season. I WILL WIN THIS WAR ON "TERRORISM"!