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Comfort Zones and Battle Zones - Tales from 100# Down


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I have learned that this journey is made up of many parts. After all it will be THREE years next month since I began my trek down from 350+ I'm no speed demon in weight loss but I have made progress and kept it off. That is a big victory.

I have come to learn that I have two "zones" on this journey. One is the Comfort Zone and one is the Battle Zone.

Briefly, the Comfort Zone is what we "ease" into. It's the level of exercise and the quantity and quality of food that is EASY for us to maintain. The Battle Zone is when we push hard to increase exercise duration and intensity as well as making those healthier choices in food and staying well away from the top of our calorie range.

Now let's talk about these two. The very nature of the names should give you an indication of why one is easy and the other hard. COMFORT - that's what we want to do, what feels good, what is easy, what is routine, what doesn't make us think, work hard, or feel deprived.

Signs you are in the COMFORT zone include: not tracking calories or fitness, mindless snacking, going for quick and easy food choices instead of healthier ones that take preparation and time, using leftover (if any) minutes in your day for fitness, avoiding the bathroom scales and your sparkpeople connections.

Signs you are in the BATTLE zone include: weighing and measuring food, scheduling exercise before other leisure activities, making quality food choices even if you have to cook it yourself, being active on the Sparkpeople site, checking in with teams, participating in challenges, reading articles and blogs, pushing for more minutes and greater intensity in cardio and not allowing people/events to change your course.

The very nature of a BATTLE is that you are FIGHTING for something worth having. Isn't your better health worth having? It will require a fight to achieve it. Any soldier can tell you that a battle will come with some pain (shin splints from running), some sacrifice (choosing a salad over pizza), some time (getting up early to exercise or using part of your lunch hour at work) and relying on your fellow soldiers to "have your back" (this would be your sparkteams and friends).

It's soooo easy to get into the COMFORT ZONE. We love doing what we know best and doesn't require much but that's the very reason so many of us are here. We know that the COMFORT ZONE won't lead to significant, sustained weight loss. Only moving into the BATTLE ZONE will.

So where are you? Are you READY to step into the BATTLE ZONE? Is it worth the fight?

I think so! SOLDIER ON!
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KITTYROXX 6/19/2013 8:10PM

    Thank you for putting it all in perspective for me, WOW. I really needed to hear/read this, because I keep slipping into the COMFORT zone and need to read things like this to remind me about what its' really all about.

This is the second blog I've read of yours and already I'm so inspired. I'll be subscribing to your blog asap!

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ROBINJOY61 6/19/2013 6:53PM

    Great Blog. You describe the Comfort Zone perfectly. And unfortunately, right now that is where I am. I have fallen away from tracking and Sparking, and even logging in for my points! Time to get back up and Battle On!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 6/13/2013 11:57PM

    I know what the comfort zone is. The place where I don't have much progress, just kind of tread water and stay in the same place. The battle zone means progress. emoticon

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MATTEROFHEART 6/13/2013 9:55PM

    Great reminder! I have to get back in that battle zone!!! Thanks for the inspirations!

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WACFIT 6/12/2013 11:56PM

    Great blog. Need to keep at it day after day...

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JENSHAINES 6/12/2013 8:09PM

    So inspirational - THANKS!

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1FARMER 6/12/2013 7:56PM

    Another great blog! You have a gift and you are speaking too many of us. Thank you for sharing your journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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THOMS1 6/12/2013 7:38PM

    Loved your blog and it is so true. I have been in the Battle Zone for just about 4 years now. It is so worth it. emoticon

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STAREYES723 6/12/2013 6:45PM

    Very good points. Thank you

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CHANGINGEMMY 6/12/2013 4:58PM

    Thanks for the blog!! I've been in the comfort one for a little while and it's high time I get into battle zone because its not going anywhere being comfortable. Lol!!

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SUZIEW27 6/12/2013 4:32PM

    You've definitely got your battle gear on and you lead by example!!

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TRISTAROSE 6/12/2013 4:00PM

    Great Blog!

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JEANNETTE59 6/12/2013 3:57PM

  You are so right, the Comfort Zone can easily become a Slippery Slope! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 6/12/2013 3:55PM

    Wow, this is great!

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FELINEBETTER 6/12/2013 3:48PM

    Congratulations on your long term commitment AND losing 100 lb! You know there had to be some fighting involved with that! lol I'm kind of thinking that you can't spend too much time in either zone. Everyone needs to cut loose a little once in awhile -- but for short duration or else you end back-tracking.

You have definitely earned your rewards and I admire you!

Thanks for sharing your wisdom. We're all in this together!

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ELSAT137 6/12/2013 3:33PM

    So awesome and right on! I am in battle zone now!! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 6/12/2013 3:30PM

    Hhmmmmm! I like your blog! However, I am trying to decide where I stand! I may very well be in the DMZ (demilitarized zone) I'm just not sure! I weigh and measure daily, exercise is a constant 4-5 days a week, I most often cook our meals, here is the hard part for me to decide, I am not willing to go to the lower end of my calorie range or not have my night snack which I could afford to give up. It wouldn't kill me for sure! For myself I guess I would say I am in my comfort zone (by my definition).

I think I have to do some adjusting here. Darn it all anyway! Thanks for the blog!!! Now I have some inner turmoil to work through! LOL Keep up the good work!

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MYTHMYTH 6/12/2013 3:26PM

    Amen!

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MTAL203 6/12/2013 3:12PM

  Very well stated and great motivation! Thanks!

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SARIANEC 6/12/2013 3:08PM

    Attack!

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