For those of you who have been around since I restarted this journey in July 2012, you know that I have not had a smooth path to success. Yes, I am 25+ lbs down from my highest weight, and that's good.
But honestly? I'm a big gal. 25 lbs is a drop in the bucket for what needs to happen. I've been on and off, up and down. Cognitively, I know what I need to do to make it happen. But (there's always that BUT!) I am my own worst enemy. I consistently get in my own way, and it makes me nuts
Then I read this wonderfully honest blog post by one of my SP idols, STEPH-KNEE:
She put a disclaimer on it as if it would be something brutal, but it really wasn't. It was a necessary dose of reality. She said:
"Spark is a great place and it is a huge part of my "success" this far, and I couldn't do without it, but sitting around talking to you fabulous people all day (as fun as it is), isn't taking the weight off me. It's what I do with this site and how I use the tools that does it. It is planning and tracking all of my food. It is getting off my tushy and getting in a walk with my Sparky. It is eating my planned food and not eating a double cheeseburger when I'd really prefer the double cheeseburger. You have to do the work!"
Yes, I do have to do the work. And I am making some progress. For example, I abhor meal planning -- just totally. So it finally dawned on me that I should plan out several weeks of meals that I just cycle through instead of having to do something every single week. I've done up 6 weeks so far, but I think I want to get to 10 weeks so I am sure it doesn't get boring.
But I need to stop slacking on tracking and be more consistent with exercise. Really, those are my two biggest downfalls. And that seems ridiculous, right? I mean, keeping track of your intake and getting regular exercise are cornerstones to a healthier life, and yet I am not faithful to them.
Fall down a million times, get up a million one times.
Thank you, STEPH-KNEE. I will keep working to internalize your message and actually DO what needs to be done, not just talk about it.