Like most of you, this is not my first attempt at losing weight. Far, far from it.
I cannot count all of the times, but I do remember them with great detail. I remember the hope I felt each time I embarked on a new plan and how I would tell myself (like most repeat dieters do) that "This time will be different"
After you give up so many times, it starts to feel like each failure becomes a part you. It becomes baggage that you must carry into the next attempt. -Like you're a sports team that is going into the next game with a record of 0-20. It's hard for you to feel confident that this time you really will come out on top.
With that being said, I have had quite a few positive revelations this past week that I think are worth sharing.
As you may or may not know, I have just completed Week 1 of this plan and am down nearly 10 pounds.
I have lost this same weight again and again, but this time really did feel different. When I thought about, all of those times I gave up were not in vain and I need to stop seeing it that way. They were not failures, but rather learning experiences.
I mean, any variation of diet & exercise will give you results, but each of us has to find out, through a series of trial and error, what works best for us, and will keep us motivated.
For me, I have learned enough about myself to know that my negative attitude and obsessive behavior isn't going to cut it if I want to be successful. I have always been hard on myself and if this time is really going to be different. That needs to change and I need to learn to cut myself some slack.
I think I was able to do that this past week. -For the first time ever! What amazes me is that there were a few nights I binged on snacks late at night...I went out for food and drinks both Friday & Saturday night with friends...(so definite room for improvement) -but I still lost the same amount of weight I would have had I stuck to a strict diet and deprived myself.
The old Stephanie would have beat myself up and thought "You're off the wagon!!! You Failure!!!" -but instead I think "Wow, I sure did bust my butt at the gym this week"
Lessons learned in Week 1:
-You can't fail if you don't give up
-Leave room in your plan for life, your plan is NOT your life
-Staying at the gym an extra 30-60 minutes, not only makes me feel good about myself, but it also frees up time for me the next day to do as I please, and still be on track. (Don't know why I've never done this before!)
I leave you now with an oldie, but a goodie.
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." -Thomas Edison