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SURRENDER - Tips from 100# Down

Monday, March 04, 2013

On my journey to the 100 pounds lost milestone I early on learned the meaning of surrender. Now before you think I'm talking about "giving up" on the journey I mean quite the opposite. A successful weight loss and fitness journey is going to require a surrender of old ways to a HEALTHY NEW LIFESTYLE.

This was a BIG hurdle for me. I had lost weight successfully before (not quite as much as I have this time) but enough for people to notice. The difference is I always saw it as something to endure to reach that "magic number" on the scale so I could go back to my way of life. WRONG!

Each time that led to nothing but regaining the weight I worked OH SO HARD to lose. I had to change my mindset. I had to say "enough". I've lived that life of eating what I want when I want and while it may have tasted good for 10 minutes the consequences of it (obesity) weighed heavy on me mentally AND phyiscally. That old lifestyle was going to have to go. I had to surrender to the process necessary to change my lifestyle.

I did that in small steps. Once I gave myself over to the journey and "burned my bridges" so to speak I was able to focus on the destination and make some progress.

I saw each bad habit I left behind as a sort of "waypoint" on my map. Some of those early waypoints included:

1) EATING OUT OF CONTROL - I had to learn my calorie range. This is important. An accurate calculation will be based on age, height, current weight and activity. Some calculations also factor in gender. Know your range.

2) LETTING FOOD TRIGGER OVEREATING What foods trigger overeating? Do sweets send you into a feeding frenzy? Maybe it's salty snacks. Perhaps it's the bread basket. Whatever it is come to grips with it and try to reduce/eliminate that from your diet early on so you won't sabotage yourself out of the starting gate. Once in control you can introduce measured quantities of your trigger food to see if you are now able to eat them in the moderation required to sustain forward progress!

3) EATING TOO MANY CARBS - What is your food ratio? Do you know what ratio of fat/carbs/protein you are eating? If you accurately track your food in the SP tracker you can click on FULL report at the bottom and see just how you are donig in this area. I found that by increasing my protein and reducing my carbs I could achieve a little better weight loss. You will have to work with this for your own body but give it a look.

4) DRINKING SODA POP - I had to work hard on this one in the beginning. I started by drinking 4 ounces of water before a meal. It was doable and also helped me a bit with appetite control by pre-filling my stomach before the meal. Now I drink only water (other than my 4 ounces of low sugar oj in the morning). Quite a change! I haven't had a soda (diet or otherwise since last June).

5) AVOIDING THE SCALE - Weigh at LEAST weekly on the same scales at the same time of day so you can track your accurate progress. I will admit I weigh daily. There is some fluctuation of body fluids when you do this but it helps me stay in control. If I tick up on the scale I buckle down on nutrition and exercise.

6) SAYING I CAN'T - Take the word CAN'T out of your nutrition and fitness vocabulary. I know people with every sort of "excuse" that have SUCCEEDED because they found a way to say CAN instead. This includes losing weight with handicaps, injuries, diabetes, celiac disease, cancer, thyroid disease, HBP, LBP, etc. Granted the pace may not be the same as a 25 year old healthy male but you CAN lose. I have many health issues and chose not to use them as an excuse but rather as a motivation to show what I COULD do. SURRENDER to the body you have and make the most of it.

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If you are still viewing this process as a "temporary" surrender and thinking that once you get the weight off you can return to your former ways... GET THAT IDEA OUT OF YOUR HEAD. The FORMER ways are what led to obesity and reduced health. This is a ONE WAY journey to "Health & Fitness".

SURRENDER to the process. These new habits are lifelong ones. You cannot return to your old ways if you expect to maintain your progress! BE HONEST with yourself and identify those areas that you yet NEED to surrender. Are you eating in range but consuming too much fat or sugar? Are you hiding a bag of candy in your desk drawer? Are you shaving the edges on your fitness minutes counting the time you are lacing up your tennis shoes, talking to someone in the locker room or standing around? Do you see that these areas require a surrender to the process for maximum results?

Take an honest look. I did. I saw a person that needed to let go and surrender to the process and I'm oh so glad I did.

PRESSING ON!

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SAMMIE20131 3/19/2013 2:10AM

    Thank you :-)

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CJYOUCANDOIT 3/12/2013 12:06PM

    What a great way to view this whole process. Maybe I won't be so rebellious about the whole thing if I just surrender my old ways. Maybe the road won't be so bumpy then. Thank you for sharing your insight and ideas. I am truly grateful.
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SIMONEKP 3/12/2013 10:28AM

    I'm in

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BOOKWORM27S 3/10/2013 9:26AM

    Excellent blog!

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AURORAMILLET 3/6/2013 1:58PM

    LOVE IT!!! Thanks for sharing!!!


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LJCANNON 3/6/2013 1:47PM

    emoticon An EXCELLENT Blog!! I may Print this Off and Post it on the Refrigerator!! Good, Common Sense Advice that is the Bedrock of a Healthy Lifestyle!!

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_BABE_ 3/6/2013 1:30PM

    The old adage nothing tastes as good as fit and slim feels is really true. As overweight people we need to realize that and just think twice before eating what we do....well said!

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KICKINGKILOS 3/6/2013 12:35PM

    what an amazing exhaustive blog.:) Thanks

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KICKINGKILOS 3/6/2013 12:35PM

    what an amazing exhaustive blog.:) Thanks

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MARYJEANSL 3/5/2013 11:38PM

  You are absolutely right. And, you know what? Reading that made me see how very far I have come, even though I have actually lost very little weight. But I have come so very far in changing my habits. Thanks.

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SUPERSAY 3/5/2013 9:57PM

    Great Advice. Thank you emoticon

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LORIMAGI5 3/5/2013 3:06PM

    Thanks so much! Funny, that word I "hate to love" came up for me, too, a couple of days ago, following my desperate plea to the Universe for help: "SURRENDER."

For me, my times of struggle have always come down to this: surrender.

Just like you said, that does not imply "giving up!!" It is surrendering to the ways of life that will get me to where I want to be, and then, to STAY there.

Thanks so very much for your inspiring, eyecatching blog!

Blessings to You!

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SHARIKAYE 3/4/2013 10:29PM

    Awesome advice! Weight Watchers used to have a saying "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels". I'm loving your blogs. You are so real!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 3/4/2013 9:35PM

    Absolutely the truth!!!
I've surrendered!!!
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Maria

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TREYONE 3/4/2013 9:03PM

  emoticon emoticon Love how you look at things!!!

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COCK-ROBIN 3/4/2013 7:48PM

    Wonderful blog! And yes, it's for the long haul, not till I reach goal.

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FROMNDTOGA 3/4/2013 7:18PM

    Great blog and a very interesting 'new look' at surrender. Thanks.
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KAYYAK1 3/4/2013 5:40PM

  Thanks. You make a lot of sense.

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LINDSAYB2013 3/4/2013 4:48PM

    the " it may have tasted good for 10 minutes" quote is going on my pantry because I feel that way all the time! Why did I just eat that? Yes-it tasted awesome, but how do I feel about it now?! Thank for your tips & congratulations. YOU are truly an inspiration!

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CHANGINGEMMY 3/4/2013 4:44PM

    Great blog!!! I really needed this. Surrender!!!

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JEANNETTE59 3/4/2013 3:18PM

  Excellent insight! emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 3/4/2013 2:38PM

    Thanks!! Great advice from someone who's succeeding!! emoticon

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SEATTLE58 3/4/2013 1:52PM

    I love this so much and emoticon for the extra push I need to recognize my mistakes!!

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JENAE954 3/4/2013 12:57PM

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Right on target as usual.
Thanks

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HOPESINGH 3/4/2013 12:52PM

    As inspiring as ever.

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LWADE1963 3/4/2013 12:39PM

    i always love your blogs. thank you

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VICKI-BISHOP56 3/4/2013 12:35PM

  Wonderful blog. Thank you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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