"You Don't Wait Until You're Dealt a Good Hand"
Thursday, March 28, 2013
I heard this statement from a seasoned reported [I don't recall his name right now, but I recognized his face] on a morning news show this past week. It caught my attention.
If I had waited until I could do EVERYTHING "correctly" for weight loss, I would never have started. In fact, I stopped the weight loss battle many times over my adult life because I "messed up".
However, having reached 50 years of age, I had to take a very hard look at what my heritage brought as family members became older, and ALL of them are made easier if one is at a normal weight. With a past "dieting" history of failure, I had to focus on what I COULD do...
**I focus on water. Am I getting 8+ cups?
**I focus on fitness. Am I getting 30+ minutes of walking in? [That's up from the 15+ minutes in the early days.]
**I focus on tracking. I made a HUGE mistake that perhaps I didn't need to after reaching goal weight. I should have known better. Maybe some people can track only occasionally, but I am not one of them.
**I focus on helping others at the point they are on with this journey. Some of them are "real life", others are here on Sparkpeople, but we are all at different points and even that may vary from day to day.
**I focus on freggies. Am I getting 5 per day? What's in season right now? What is the most healthy way to prepare them?
Do I do ALL of this every day? Some days I do. A lot of days I don't but I am a firm believer in the 80/20 rule. I listed 5 items there, and I do at least 4 of them every day. Some days I need to not be on the computer as much, so I don't do any encouraging. Sometimes I cannot make it to the store, so maybe the freggies take a lower count for that day. Some days I have to "guesstimate" with a close approximation on the tracker for some food that I prepared and I don't have the time or the patience to enter every last ingredient right then. Some days I just don't feel the fitness and just do ten minutes or sometimes I even have to remind myself that it is a good thing to have a rest day. Just 80/20 will show results; it is the consistency that shows results.
So I don't always wake up having been dealt a good hand, but I play the hand I've been dealt.
And that produces results!