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5% Challenge Blog/Friday

Friday, March 08, 2013

So this is the last blog for the 5% Challenge. The prompt today is:

7. Is there anything else you would like to share?

Yeah, lots! Specifically about responsibility.

All of this is my responsibility. I'm not a victim of the food I eat, of my fork, of my "lizard brain" (for Dexter fans), of my husband or my workplace or my second job. If I eat too much, if I blow off a workout, that's on ME.

Which is fine. I don't think that's necessarily news to me. That may be part of the problem. I imagine that when I'm overeating, there's a part of me that's saying that the consequences are mine, so what does it matter?

But that's the point! The consequences are MINE! I'm the one with the weight problem...that my weight keeps going up! And I'm the one that can FIX this, if I want to!

I'm reading a book called "The 3 C's of Success," that seemingly didn't have much to do with weight-loss, but then it brings it up. He says: "Most people simply interpret the fundamental impact of diet, by focusing solely on EACH MEAL as a one-off event. That is, they simply see each poor meal as just that--ONE poor meal--and they justify it as such. The tragedy, of course, is they fail to see the long line of poor meals strung together, not over the course of a week or year, but a lifetime!" (Mitch W. Steel

And he's RIGHT. Each meal matters...I'm going to create or otherwise obtain a chart to post on the fridge to count my healthy meals.

But do you define healthy? There's the obvious junk--chips, candy, cookies (how's that for 3 C's!?)--but what other criteria should I use?

In any case, I'm going to start meal planning, and I'm going to remember to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for this and treat this goal as something I am responsible for. I would never perform so poorly for anything else for which I'm responsible--a report, a promise, etc., I need to be responsible for this, too.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KIM--POSSIBLE 3/8/2013 9:59PM

    It is easy for us to look for excuses, but ultimately, the decisions and the results are ours alone!

Awesome Blog!

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CLPURNELL 3/8/2013 9:29PM

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    Sounds like you had a great week of learning! You are so right, we have to take responsibility for each decision we make and the sum of those decisions make us who we are.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/8/2013 7:55PM

    well I used to always think something was healthy if it was low(ish) fat, low sodium and had protein. now i'm learning that isn't necessarily the case. but I think healthy is different for everyone. You know the foods that make your body feel good, and you'll start to discover more as you plan, i know it.

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RUTHXG 3/8/2013 7:53PM

    This is great: what you're going to do is create a long series of good meals, because you're a responsible person & your body needs proper care. You are so smart & capable; I know it will happen!

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    Have you ever wondered why we, always, think of ourselves, last? We take responsibilities for our family, friends, jobs, appointments or, as you mentioned, a report or a promise. It is hard, because we have been conditioned for so long. It is time that we start thinking of ourselves. We will be better human beings in the long run.

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TOPCAT93 3/8/2013 7:07PM

    have a good challenge

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