Even though I joined Spark People in 2010, I think I've only been consistently active this past year. So this morning, when I got on the scale, I saw that it's the same as it has been for awhile. In my head, I heard the voice of one of my friends say "you've been trying to lose 10 pounds for 10 years" and I really had to do some serious self talk not to get discouraged. YES I want to lose 10 pounds, but more than that I want to change the habits I have that keep me in this loop of either losing and gaining the same 10 pounds or maintaining my weight 10 pounds higher than I want it to be.
So here it is 6:30 am and I'm thinking what do I need to do differently today?
I set goals, I exercise regularly, I drink water, I blog, I track. I have support from this awesome spark community. I've joined a 5% challenge team and that is helping me change some habits.
SO WHAT's THE DEAL???
Well, I EAT TOO MUCH. Not a ton too much, but just enough too much that I maintain a weight higher than I want. This is the habit that I'm having the hardest time breaking. (But I know it can be done, because since I blogged about being an emotional eater, I've really become less of an emotional eater).
I eat too much when I cook as I'm one of those people that eats while I COOK.
I eat too much at around 4 pm because I'm either really hungry or just STRESSED from the day.
I eat IMPULSIVELY..when there's food out at work, when I go out with friends, when I'm just at a loss for something to do, I eat. I'm one of those people that has a hard time sticking to any plan, meal or otherwise.
CSI-that's the value of a blog, you become a Spark Detective to your own behavior. I'm gonna solve this crime.
So here I come June. I'm looking head on at these behaviors. I'm going to tell that voice in my head and the voice of anyone who wants to know how long it takes to lose 10 pounds,
IT TAKES AS LONG AS IT TAKES!