Thursday, February 21, 2013
Wow, the mind is a very interesting thing, and boy does mindset make all the difference. So, thanks to you beautiful people (you know who you are) I am feeling a lot better about what I need to do. It's not like I haven't known times of success. I've lost a total of 31 pounds since starting SP, and that is not counting all the up and downs here and there, so it's not that I don't know what to do to have success. It's that darn "poor me" attitude that gets me everytime. But stopping the downward spiral BEFORE it happens is really where I want to be. Not that I think there is any such thing as "perfection" on this road to better health. I know there will always be meals or days that could have been better, but overall 90-99% of the time, I need to be on my game, in all areas if I want to ever see the success I dream of. This isn't, and never has been (since finding SP) about the diet mentality. This is, and always has been, about one healthy decision after another...........for life.
The next thing I must do is get internet at the house. I have seen a HUGE difference in my motivation and overall SPARK from the time I had access to SP 24 hours a day and now, where I only access it on my downtime at work. I do know, however, that until I get internet at home, I can utilize a food journal, and that should dramatically help with being accountable with quality and quantity of consumption.
Not completely sure about the FFL thing. I know now.......with a little help from my friends, that the SP method of counting calories is the one true way to know what you are putting into your body. I have had trouble with consistent food tracking, mostly when it comes to home cooked meals........I just don't always measure and track as I go on all home cooked meals. This is obviously just a matter of making it a priority. Once I get a number of good meals under my belt ( calorie count-wise), it will be easier to build upon those, one weekend of cooking at a time ( it is on the weekends that I really have the time to batch cook, and take the time to enter amounts for calorie counts). I MUST have internet access to do this, this is one of the reasons I have decided that internet is a must have for me. I have wanted it for a number of other reasons, but I can really see the difference it makes in my ability to stay connected on here and keep the spark burning bright.
I might stick to FFL and track at the same time for awhile. I do like the simplicity that FFL gives me when it comes time to choosing what to eat. But, I also really want to know exactly how many calories I am eating. I think the concept of food combining might aid in digestion, but it can't help with weight loss if you are eating too many calories. It takes me back to the days when I was on the Atkins plan and I would eat a half a pound of bacon for one meal.............just because you "can" do something and loose wieght, doesn't mean you should.........GROSS!!! Weight loss will only be good for me, if I am also healthy, and I can only be healthy if I am eating balanced meals............and for now, I can only really know if my meals are truly balanced if I track them and read the daily charts to see if I am meeting my nutritional needs. So, none of this thinking is new. All of this thinking has lead to success in the past, it's just consistency, repeat, don't stop, plug in and spark on.
Thanks again to those of you that helped me out yesterday, I really can't tell you how much that means to me. I'm now looking forward to getting some consistent fit mins in for the rest of the month. No reason to wallow in self loathing any longer...........must sweat, kick up those heart beats and smile along the way.