Discouraged but not defeated
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Okay I admit it, I am a bit discouraged this morning. My normal weekly weigh in is on Monday mornings but because I am leaving for a short vacation this morning I decided to weigh in before leaving today. I was really hoping to see some downward movement on the scale but alas yet another week (I think this is the 3rd week in a row) of staying the same.
No, I'm not ready to chuck it all, throw in the towel and give up and get crazy on vacation but I was a bit disheartened not to see any movement on the scale, especially because I have been rigorous and diligent about sticking to my food plan and exercising every day. I KNOW that's a dangerous place for my head to go and it is the very thing that has sapped my motivation and willingness in the past. So I gave myself a little pep talk and figured that was that. But guess what that wasn't the end of it!
I have been bombarded with reminders this morning to stick with it. In my spark mail this morning there was my lifestyle change reminder that this is not so much about diet and weight loss as embracing permanent lifestyle changes. A random blog I choose to read was coach Nicole's reminder to "keep your eyes OFF the prize" (things like weight loss) and focus on the place just in front of you rather than the seemingly insurmountable hills ahead. Another Spark blog I read talked expressly about lifestyle vs dieting too. Okay I get it!
So off I go on vacation motivated to stick to my food plan and exercise, even while travelling, and not to focus on it overly much but rather to see the flowers (I am going to the tulip festival in Holland, Michigan) and enjoy the company of my mother who I'll be travelling with.
I am so very grateful for all of those motivational reminders just when I needed to read them. I know that the scale will move downward again, probably when I stop focusing my sights on it.