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A look in the mirror - Tales from 100# Down


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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

If you are on one of my teams you saw this post already today but I felt it was worth sharing with you:

A Look in the Mirror

I am going to share with you from "real experiences" (some mine, some previous team members). If you see yourself in any of these stories it wasn't because I am talking about YOU but only that you have fallen into the same detours as many before you. "I" have been in many of these detours myself so can speak with authenticity about them. The names are all made up.

Regina - Regina loves to exercise and will easily get 45 minutes of good cardio a day but her weight stays the same because she's eating more justified by her exercise. Here is the thing. Regina weighs 180 pounds and even that 45 minutes of elliptical only burned 338 calories. She justified that small chocolate shake at McDonald's because of her workout but it had 580 calories.

Marjorie - Marjorie is great at planning. She can come up with meal plans that are spot on in nutrition value and calories. She can have the perfect workout planned with strength training for every body part with stretching and cool down. She can make a vision board with motivational phrases and pictures. What's the problem? Marjorie is waiting for "tomorrow" to start and tomorrow never comes.

Tim - Tim is all in or all out. He can have a perfect Monday,Thursday and Sunday but he undoes all his good efforts on those days by his out of control eating the rest and his night at the club on Saturday tossing back shots and eating nachos.

Stacy - Stacy makes bargains with herself. I can have these three cookies because I'm not going to have bread at dinner but dinner comes and she has the bread anyway putting her calories over the top for the day.

Allison - Allison is a sneak eater. What nobody sees her eat she forgets about. This includes driving through McDonald's after dropping the kids at the pool and getting a small french fry and diet coke (which justifies the fries). She also will carry a candy bar she purchased into the bathroom to eat it as nobody thinks twice about the closed door and she can eat in privacy.

Tom - Tom never weighs or measures anything. He just opens the box and pours his cereal til the bowl is full. If he would measure he would see he just ate 2-1/2 servings of that granola at a whopping 575 calories without milk!

Alana - Alana can't understand why she's not losing because she's eating only 1200 calories a day. Here is the thing. She's only LOGGING 1200 calories a day but she's getting much more than that because she's not weighing and measuring her portions, counting the french fries she's nibbling off her children's plates or the licks and tastes cooking for her family.

Belinda - Belinda isn't losing and doesn't get it because she walks every day with her mother for 30 minutes. Of course her walk is more of a stroll as they talk the whole time and a good walking pace should leave one a little breathy when talking. Belinda is also relying on that walk to undo those extra calories she nibbles.

George - George is a grazer and has no clue how many calories he is eating but he is only eating healthy food so why is he gaining weight. You CAN gain weight on ANY food if your calories exceed your burn over a period of time. Just because those Snackwell cookies are low in fat does not mean they are calorie free or quality food.

Julia - Julia is in flat denial. She only looks at her face in the mirror fixing her makeup beautifully. She avoids all full-length mirrors and her clothes that are now too tight must surely have shrunk. She also avoids the scales because in all reality she doesn't want to know if she has gained. This only leads to her getting further into that detour.

Blake - Blake is on an accountability team but when she's eating out of control she avoids the team because she doesn't want to be reminded she IS "eating out of control". Her avoidance denies the very support and encouragement that would help her get back on track.

Mattie - Mattie just doesn't feel good. She's not got a serious illness or disease she just has a sniffly cold or a headache. That happens in life and when we aren't feeling our best we tend to want to just skip exercise and eat comfort food. This is when we need to PUSH THROUGH and continue to eat well, hydrate and at least "move" a little. Maybe we exchange our 5 mile run for a 2 mile walk or our Zumba class for a DVD at home but we won't have 365 days of feeling great and we can't afford to just blow off the days we don't if we want to make sustained progress.

George - George is the excuse man. He's got an excuse for everything. I had to eat pizza for lunch because my wife forgot to pack my salad. I had to skip the gym because that road had construction and I would have had to drive 3 miles out of the way. I didn't track my calories because I deleted my app on my phone. I couldn't log into the team because I had a morning meeting with my boss. It's always something and yet he find time to play pinball with his neighbor, he manages to download the latest game on his iphone and he drove 7 miles out of his way to get Cold Stone Creamery.

Geraldine - Geraldine blames everyone else. Her captain didn't send her a personal reminder to weigh in. Her husband didn't buy her the low-fat yogurt. Her next door neighbor didn't go for a walk with her. Her grocery store stopped carrying the 35 calorie bread. It's all someone else's fault.

Andrea - Andrea is a binge eater. She will go to the store and buy a bag of powdered doughnuts and they are gone by supper. She may only eat 500 calories the rest of the day but no matter - she went over her calories on those doughnuts alone. She thinks she is undoing the damage but she is STILL way over for the day.

Tamara - Tamara is a quitter. Anything that is too hard she quits. She joins dozens of spark teams, has joined many gym classes, bought countless diet books but the minute it's hard or not convenient or she has a bad weigh-in she quits.

IS ONE OF THESE YOU? What are you going to do TODAY to change the direction of your journey? Make a positive step forward and remember that the benefits are concrete. BETTER HEALTH.

WE CAN DO THIS!
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GRAMPIAN 10/10/2014 6:19AM

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WHITEANGEL4 9/5/2014 10:59PM

    Thanks forsharing

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SHANTODD420 7/9/2014 6:40PM

    Wow thanks for sharing I can see myself in a few of these need to change things up.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 7/9/2014 6:37PM

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LOOPYLOU0363 7/6/2014 1:23AM

    WOW... emoticon
Really makes one think...
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MAYBER 7/3/2014 2:47PM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts Found myself in many of the scenarios Best wishes as you continue on your journey one day at a time love prayers peace God Bless
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MOMTO6CUTIES 6/26/2014 11:03AM

    This is a very good blog. thank you for sharing this blog.

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LOSER_ZIMM 6/25/2014 9:24AM

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NEEDTODOWNSIZE 6/20/2014 11:58PM

    Wow! Allow me to introduce myself: I am Tamara Stacy. In all seriousness though, this is a great post. I can see many traits of each of these in me.

It is nice to know I am not alone, or crazy or just a loser. Sometimes it is easy to have those thoughts about yourself when those traits come out and come out strong.

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AVRENIM1 6/15/2014 12:22AM

    Hello, call me Blake. Guilty as charged.

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COLOR-BLUE 6/14/2014 6:04PM

    Throughout my entire lifetime of DIEting and though my healthy lifestyle change, I've been all of these at one time or another. I'm not proud of that fact, but the truth is the truth. Right now I'm on a medical hold from my doctor, for a fast heart beat, and they want to find out what's going on. I wasn't tracking anything, as I was also running a 101.7 fever, so I just ate anything that I didn't have to cook or put too much effort into. Today is the first day, I've even started to feel better. My fever is still here, but not as high. Tomorrow, will be back to tracking, EVERYTHING. With no exercise and being on steroids now, I don't even want to get on that scale, but it's a must. Lord, pull this back into control and give me a healthy body again!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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MRSRIGS1 6/6/2014 8:08PM

    Unfortunately, I am ALL of them! At one time or another, I can identify with each of their problems. I know I need to go back and visit my drawing board (goals etc.) Thanks for sharing this insightful blog! emoticon

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COOLRAIN 6/6/2014 2:43PM

    Been there; done that! emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/6/2014 11:21AM

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MARAGRAM 6/5/2014 4:27PM

    HAVE DONE MANY OF THOSE, BUT no more!

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PENOWOK 6/5/2014 12:56PM

    Takes away all the excuses!! Ouch!!!

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BLUEJEAN99 6/5/2014 1:25AM

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/5/2014 1:20AM

    Thanks for the blog. yes one of them is me. Not saying which!

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CICELY360 6/5/2014 12:13AM

  good blog

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TREYONE 6/4/2014 11:39PM

  Great blog!!! I have always said that supporting others helps because their is usually something in each person's story that you can relate back to your own situation.

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MARYJEANSL 6/4/2014 10:37PM

  I think there is a little bit of me in all of those scenarios.

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PCASEY7 6/4/2014 10:03PM

    Great blog!

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/4/2014 9:57PM

  that was certainly thought provoking! emoticon

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DIANNEMT 6/4/2014 8:46PM

    I am so glad that I am ME and doing GOOD THINGS for ME!

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SUSIEMT 6/4/2014 8:34PM

    I have been in each of those little scenarios at one time or another! I prefer to live in the here and now and being honest with my trackers. Good blog Suzanne!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/4/2014 6:36PM

  emoticon ............very thought-provoking!!!

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GRLTAZ 6/4/2014 6:36PM

    Sounds all too familiar. LOL. On track at present but appreciate the reminder that the road is not always smooth. Construction happens every where, my body, my exercise, my drive to work, my eating. Thanks !

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LOOKINFORHOME 6/4/2014 5:43PM

    Oh my! Not just one of these, but several! It is time to get serious! Thank you for this post!

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CFMOSS 6/4/2014 4:58PM

    Those seem to reflect a good portion of who most of us are....funny how we can explain anything we want to with a little spin.

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NONNAOF2 6/4/2014 3:43PM

  You sure did cover a lot of situations! I'm sure I've been in one of them! I have my handy measuring tools close at hand these days these days and following to the "T" what my Nutritionist set up for me! :-)

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NEWTINK 6/4/2014 3:12PM

    You certainly covered everything emoticon

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HOPESINGH 6/4/2014 2:14PM

    Sometimes I behave like Mattie or Blake. But I'm getting better at it, finding the compromises that are better than not pushing through it!
So inspiring, as usual!

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JSEATTLE 6/4/2014 10:34AM

  Yes, depending on the day or week, I can see myself in many.

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LCRUMLEY81 6/4/2014 9:37AM

  Great Read

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GOOSIEMOON 6/4/2014 9:37AM

    This was great to see today. On any given day, I have parts of several of these folks lurking inside of me. Glad I'm not alone. emoticon

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DJSHIP46 6/4/2014 8:43AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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TRYINGHARD54 6/4/2014 8:08AM

    they are all me, I wish I knew how to get my act together. i know how to do it, just can't seem to do it right this time. :-(

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SHERYLP461 6/4/2014 7:32AM

    I see myself in all of these people.

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BESSHAILE 6/4/2014 7:16AM

    And in truth - All of them are me or .. I have been each of them at some time or another.

Thank goodness there is the other me,who keeps coming back and trying again.

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SHARON7464 6/4/2014 6:40AM

    I have been most of those people at one time or another and although I'm losing slowly I know the exact reason yet I dont see a character for it. I eat well all week ( within my range) and exercise five days a week sometimes seven. The problem is I give myself the weekends to cheat and it's really hard to out run the fork and martini glass.

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CHERYLHURT 6/4/2014 5:44AM

  I have been there!!!

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