Yes, people, I know that my scale reads about the same number today that it did in January 2012.
Anyone who's been to my SparkPage knows that I will take all the time in the world (at least, that is, all the time the Universe has allotted to me for my earthly life) to get this stuff right. I'm focused on mastering small habits and holding on to existing progress.
I'm like someone who puts her foot down on the ice at the edge of the pond and refuses to step even an inch further out unless she can stomp up and down on it without hearing so much as a creak.
So, the question is obviously not "How much weight did you lose this year, Woubbie?" but "How far out on that lake did you get and what did you learn along the way?"
I learned that:
~ like my Dad before me, I'm a great muscle-builder. The least amount of physical labor brings overnight changes to my muscles. This is a good thing, but makes my scale go up.
~ the way to lower my alcohol intake is still to start later in the day and gradually cut back on the alcohol content.
~ I still hate exercise for exercise's sake alone and probably always will. I DO, however, LOVE feeling more fit while getting real things done, like running to catch a bus or hoofing it up the basement stairs with a heavy container and not feeling winded or strained.
~ low carb will not kill me. Yeah, I already knew that, but unknowledgeable people still yammer about how bad it is for you and 18 months in I still feel great and have good health numbers. Just gotta put that out there!
~ little bits of carbiness don't make me as happy as they did even a year ago. My workweek M&M habit just doesn't have the flavor punch it used to so it's time for it to go.
~ there is a whole world of legitimate, scientific nutrition and metabolism information out there that I have just scratched the surface of reading, let alone understanding. But I have made a start and self-tested what I've already learned and it will only get better from here.
One of my favorite personal mottos is "Knowledge is Power". My interpretation of it is that if I understand a process thoroughly I never have to think about it much again, I just do it automatically.
It's like Algebra. If you understand on a fundamental level WHY you subtract on both sides of the equals sign sometimes and divide at others you never have to stop and think "Hey, do I divide or subtract here?" You just do it.
If I KNOW that eating wheat causes me to be hungry an hour later, and then sleepy, and then gassy after that, and then I will put on two pounds of water weight that day, and my sinuses will be clogged, then I can just stop eating it, because I already know that it makes me feel like crap. No further need for experimentation. Done deal.
Getting back to the lake analogy, the lake does not represent Life, nor is it a Journey of some kind. We can think of it as a representation of my Mind and Will. The solid places are the areas that are hard-wired to be a certain way. If I test those spots they hold up no matter how hard I jump on them.
So, if I avoid all grains and most sugar and starch my level of hunger and cravings is extremely low.
However, if I rely on eating low calorie and low fat foods it's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Very easy to fall through this thin ice.
If I try to stop drinking beer altogether I will probably binge within a couple of days - icy water here I come!
But if I take the longer road and wean myself I consistently lower my intake.
This is just me. I wish I were stumbling onto some kind of universal truth, but I suspect these methods simply don't work for all people.
So much for 2012 in review. What about 2013 and beyond?
Tomorrow, perhaps. Right now I'd better get something else accomplished for the day!