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Regaining focus through self-talk

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

This morning, I weighed in and four of the five pounds I gained two weeks ago are gone. What is the lesson I've learned about my weight, self-discipline and staying focused?

Self-talk matters.

When I gained the five pounds, instead of punishing myself, I asked questions, like;
What are you doing differently?
What are the most urgent changes you need to make?
Are you satisfied with your current weight or do you want to do the work to lose it?

I also reminded myself that five pounds is easier to lose than 50 pounds.

When I considered what had changed, I realized that I had stopped recording my eating, cut down on exercise, and was eating more calorie dense foods. I reversed two out of the three factors. (I'm still working on the exercise part).

I also reviewed my food diary from last year so I could remember the food I was eating to lose the weight. I returned to eating that food.

Most importantly, I had confidence in my ability to return to those habits because I've been eating this way for the last 18 months.

So now, I have to ask myself; "Are you satisfied at this weight?"

The answer is "No, I want to focus on losing at least 6.5 pounds by August 10th."

It's a specific, doable goal. I'd prefer to lose 10 pounds, but baby steps, baby steps.

I'm feeling a little more energetic today; I have a history of iron deficiency anemia and have tried to incorporate more iron-rich foods into my diet. Hopefully, my fatigue will resolve itself without a trip to the doctor's office. I really need to get back on track with the exercise.

With continued self-talk, I'll make it happen.

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