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Thursday, January 24, 2013

I kinda thought that by this time around, I pretty much knew it all...but once again I am humbled at how wrong I have been. I have SO MUCH TO LEARN...STILL.

I've been back here for almost 3 weeks and I have made some changes which have been really good. Whenever I have started a new weight-loss journey, I have come charging out of the gate, chomping at the bit, looking for success at every turn; weighing in at every chance; going through the motions at top speed; failing to really pay attention, and ultimately failing each and every time.

Coming back this time, I reset all my trackers, set a new weight loss goal and chose new fast break goals. Resetting my weight loss goal gave me pause - usually I don't even bother to put in the pounds per week, I just would put in my goal weight and the date I wanted it and SP would always tell me that this wasn't realistic. I would then go back, set it at 2 pounds per week and be horrified at how long it was going to take me. I have set it at 2 pounds per week again - hitting my goal some time in October of this year, but now I am thinking of changing this - going at a slower pace. So far I am on track with the 2 pounds per week, but I am not sure that it is really sustainable or realistic. I am open to slowing this down and doing it right - for the final time.

Here are some other big learnings:

1. I do well with daily goals - not weekly - too big for me! Exercising 20 minutes per day as a goal has made all the difference - I have only missed one day in all of January so far!

2. Giving in the the samosas put out at our team meeting yesterday cost me a whooping 677 calories, 81 g carbs; 33 g fat; 16 g protein - HOLY well, you know what did I learn from that - PLANNING and EDUCATION. As soon as I saw those deep fried, golden brown triangles glistening with oil, I should have taken a minute, looked them up on-line and been horrified at how much of my day's food they were worth. I know for next time.

3. Weighing myself each morning and every chance I get is just counter productive - I am TRYING to only step on once a week - Wednesdays. Gives me enough time to recover from any weekend slip ups! I cheated a little bit here this week and did get on Tuesday morning too. A work in progress - is progress, right?

4. On Sunday night, we cooked a really nice dinner together and opened a really nice bottle of wine. We drank the bottle - delicious! I didn't go over the high end of my calories or other nutrition counts - no problem, right? WRONG. When I looked at the report for the day - I was quite surprised to see that largest piece of the pie chart (breaking down my calories by food for the day) was from the wine. What? That made me feel a little queasy - I didn't get it when I saw the numbers, but seeing the visual was like a slap in the face. And I wondered how I had packed on all these pounds - there is a big part of the answer. More learning - empty empty calories, just like that empty bottle.

5. Reading the success stories - so motivational - I think I have read almost all of them now and have visited countless Spark pages that I never would have seen. I love reading the stories and then visiting the members page to see that they are still going strong. It keeps me going b/c if I am honest, I have real doubts that I can do this. Maybe reading these daily will help push these doubts to the background.

6. Greek yogurt ROCKS! I can't believe what a protein punch it packs. Getting enough protein had been an issue for me, but adding this has been fantastic. 18 grams of protein and 0 fat in the beautiful one I have been eating. I have been mixing it with oats in the evening, putting in the fridge overnight, adding some fruit in the morning and voila - a brilliant, quick, ready-made breakfast.

So my learning continues.
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  • LINZEE118
    I really like the idea of daily goals. This is something very doable for me. I think I am going to adopt this into my program. emoticon Each day is a new day a new beginning and I have to keep telling myself that. I also like your weighing in once a week. I notice when I start weighing in each day I get discouraged because of the weight fluctuation. I learned some interesting things about myself tonight. They were there all this time but when you read someone else writing them it makes a big difference! emoticon Linda
    1755 days ago
    I am having doubts right now too...lost 48 pounds in 2010, and most of it is back. I have so much to learn. You CAN do this and so can I...we've proven that before!! It's realizing that whatever we're doing to make it happen, is what we have to do FOREVER!! This is what I have to teach myself. So what we do has to be realistic. Hang in there Bex!! emoticon emoticon
    1762 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/25/2013 8:34:10 AM
    It's always a learning experience, isn't it! I've recently discovered that being a slave to the scales and weighing all of the time just sets me up for disappointments, failures and eventually giving up completely! It was a vicious cycle. So for now I'm trying to just focus on living a healthier lifestyle. I plan to weigh in only once a month. I have only nine more days until I weigh in for the first time since I started this year...I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!!
    1762 days ago
    Happy Thursday To You!!! emoticon

    This Journey Is Definitely A Learning Experience. Even At Being In Sight Of My Goal Weight I Still Do the Wrong Things...Like Eating A LOT Of Vanilla Wafers! But I Forget About It And Move On And LEARN Just As You Do. And When I Used To Drink Alcoholic Beverages I Learned Then About How Much Of A Punch It Packs On Weight Gain. Yes We Live And Learn. I Applaud Your Successes Thus Far. You Are Making GREAT Progress. The Fact That You Are Learning And Studying Proves That You WILL Get The Desired Results! emoticon
    Thanks For Sharing And Helping Us All To Double Think About The Things We Do And Why And How To Make Them More Efficient Without Losing Ourselves In The Process!
    Enjoy A Blessed And Prosperous Weekend!!!
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    1762 days ago
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