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Friday, February 22, 2013

SO very much going on in my head that itís hard to sort out what is taking up most of my thought processes. I should likely divide it up into different posts. The crux of this for me is the same as I suppose it is for so many people. Itís not the rational brain that is causing me issue. I am well aware of what needs to be done and even how to do it. In fact Iíve already done it commendably well more than once. No, the issue is my subconsciousÖ the dark, sticky places that want to stay hidden and away from analysis and self-awareness so that they may continue to thrive and thereby deter me from my goals. They show me what Iím giving up and overshadow what Iíll be gaining. Do I want a glazed doughnut MORE than I want to visit the Taj Majal? Of course not, but the immediacy of the gratification is often a winning factor.

What I am finding will work better is to focus on more immediate goals. Things that are higher impact in a smaller time frame. Yes, I get the warm glow of satisfaction that comes from NOT giving in, but I need TANGIBLE evidence, like my knees hurting less so I can get around better, or diminished lower back pain so I donít have to think about how to best bend at the waist to unplug my laptop. These are the things that I know will help me. So why am I trying to climb the whole mountain in one step? Because I feel like I should be able to do so. Itís rather silly and counter-intuitive when I see it written out, and yet my inner warrior still wants to storm the walls and take no prisoners. It is in moments of reflection like this one that I need to remind myself of some very good advice I got several years ago. ďPatience. Persistence. Perspective.Ē Itís a good mantra, and one I need to remember every day.

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MAIZEY 2/23/2013 9:51PM

    Write these things that you want to change down. When you reach plateaus on your weight loss journey, your progress such as knees that don't hurt will be milestones you can celebrate! Also get out that tape measure, I've only lost 10 pounds in the last 2 months, but have dropped two pant sizes and lost lots of inches!

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TLG71567 2/22/2013 2:02PM

    Isn't it funny how we all want the weight to come off so quickly and how easy it is to get discouraged when it doesn't fall off in a week. I started on Sparkpeople the end of January and have found it to be extremely helpful. I hope that you will find it just as useful. Remember to take it one step at a time and that every healthy choice you make is one more step toward the life you want. You can do it. : )

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KLONG8 2/22/2013 1:41PM

    Your head is absolutely in the right place! I loved the donut or Taj Mahal example. Perfect. And you're right that we all are dealing with this. If it was as simple as it is when you think about this journey logically - well, we'd all be at our goals quickly.

Welcome to SparkPeople and I believe you're right where you need to be to successfully launch this new journey and lifestyle. Stay in touch!

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