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"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...

And so

**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!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ROSEWCI 3/30/2013 6:18AM

    My thoughts are that as long as we're moving forward...then we're NOT going backwards!!! Progress is progress!!! You've got it RIGHT, Tammy!!!

Happy Easter!!! emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 3/29/2013 6:07AM

    So true. Finding that we can do what we can when we can will still produce progress. A lot has to do with our attitude - and you have the right focus here!

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NORASPAT 3/28/2013 9:25PM

    I am focusing on nutrients i have a book to read and then I will try to do what he is saying.

I hope he is right because there is so much nutrition in this book it is very slow going.

My plateau is never ending so i will go one step further Sleep and Nutrients. HUGS Pat in Maine.
I hope you are doing better than me. I am definitely mired in obese land and I just want to get to overweight instead. FRUSTRATED !!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 3/28/2013 4:38PM

    Good for you. Way to go Tammy. Staying consistent is a big step in the right directions. Keep on keeping on, on your 80/20. Never give up and always Take it One Step at a Time. I am proud of you.

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PJSTIME 3/28/2013 9:23AM

    It seems tomorrow to start is never good so we just have to jump in and get started. You are doing a great job. Keep it up. You have come a long way baby. emoticon

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DAS92687 3/28/2013 9:04AM

    I am afraid if we waited until the perfect moment to start anything, we would find that it never arrives. You are doing Super !!
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GLASSART43 3/28/2013 8:30AM

    Participation, not perfection, has become my mantra as I struggle with maintaining a healthy weight as well, Tammy.
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I think we're both on the right track!

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