No Little Victories
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I was just listening to an interview on Spark Radio and the woman said something that caught my ear. "There are no such things as small victories; there are only victories." Drinking my 8 glasses of water. Exercising for ten minutes. Tracking my food. I'm doing these things and that means I'm victorious. These victories will begin to make their way onto my scale.
I've begun to track all the food I eat.....not just the food that falls with in that 1400 calorie mark. When I pig out at night...the next morning it goes onto my tracker. And honestly, I thought I was doing better....I thought I was in my calorie range every day....but the truth is, in the week or two that I've been tracking I've only met my calorie goals maybe once or twice. I had thought I was innocent of overeating.....and that I wasn't losing weight because of some magical curse that was working against me....but this is apparently not the case. I am causing the stubbornness of the scale dial by my overnight snacking and my eating out indulgences. It's an important discovery because while it hits the responsibility ball squarely into my court it ALSO means that I have some CONTROL over whether or not I lose weight. Before I felt like I was doing all I could and it just wasn't working and that's all there was to it. NOW I know that if I want to lose the weight, I NEED TO SHUT MY MOUTH and stop snacking. But the glorious thing is that when I start to do that, the scale will reward me.
Now it is true that my personal weight loss window is tiny and high up. I have to be just about perfect to lose weight....my body, due to illness and medications...is not forgiving and will not reward an "almost good" effort. So okay. It is what it is. Stop whining about it and do what you need to do, Cynthia!
Today the scale is over another pound down. The trick will be continuing this trend without regaining that pound and a few of its friends too.
So what is the lesson?
1) Victories add up and they count.
2) Cheats add up and they damage.
3) It is up to me whether I live in victory or damage.