Saturday, January 26, 2013
When we start on this journey of improving our lifestyles and dietary habits, we are usually very motivated to just get going with it. We finally stopped putting it off. We have tried to chart a course for ourselves, at least in the short term. We have kind of an idea of how we are going to do this. We know that there is a lot of information available and especially at SparkPeople, we know we can find answers and motivation to keep us going for a while.
So we start and off we go. We count the calories, we read the articles and we walk on the treadmill or whatever our choice of exercise is when we begin. Then we decide that its time for that second weigh in, the one that will show us in number form that we are indeed "doing it for real this time". A pound, maybe two falls off and again we get that burst of excitement, and motivation. The next week its the same, a pound or two.
By the third or fourth week we are not so motivated, but we are still doing the "best we can". We had a big family celebration that derailed us for a day, followed by another one, We tried out best to "get started again", but we are still wearing pretty much the same size except they are a little looser. After 6 weeks of this, a lot of us, give in to the temptation and just stop working at it. What went wrong? Why has this happened to me? and maybe to you?
I think the reason is we have not learned to go the distance in the learning of it all. What I mean is, If I had reached my goal by now, I would not understand the importance of going the distance and learning how to really have a bad day and get back on track the very next morning not two days or 4 days later. I would not be "seasoned" to the lifestyle changes, I would not understand that I can say yes to Birthday Cake because I know me and tomorrow I will absolutely, positively do an extra 15 minutes on that treadmill. Heck I would just have another piece of that cake!
I want to lose 50 lbs to get to a healthy weight of 135 lbs. Not 125lbs that I rocked as a 20 year old but 135 that I will rock as a 55 year old because that is the healthier choice for me. I will weigh in 2 days and I think that maybe I have lost 20% of that 50 lbs. 10 lbs.
In my mind, spring is around the corner and new clothes. And I want those new clothes, yes I do. But more importantly I want to learn how to live a normal life and have my cake and eat it too and be motivated enough to plan for it, or work it off, Of course I want to see those changes in my weight RIGHT NOW, but patience is teaching me to stay the course. I do not know how long it will take to lose this weight. But I am committed to losing the weight in a sensible time frame and learning as I go, so that I can maintain a new lifestyle and ENJOY the cake, not feel guilty about it, or deny myself it. Enjoy it.