Once upon a time, a long long time ago, in a far away land... there was a girl named Stephanie who had lost her motivation. It didn't happen all at once, it was a gradual decline. It started with a bad day here or there, then it was every other day that was a bad one... and then
Everyday was off track... she was eating and eating and doing the bare minimum in exercise, and she didn't even care that the scale was going up and up. She knew she had to get a grip and fast! If she could put on over 10 pounds in 6 weeks, what might happen in 6 months?!
So with the help of her coworker she set a Disneyland goal on June 18, 2014. Lose 20 pounds By August 19th, get annual passes to Disneyland. Easy enough right? It would be smooth sailing from there! Wrong! Just the second day of this "Disneyland plan" and she was eating out of control yet again. After that, she really started to take things seriously and was doing great. The good days were adding up and she started to feel unstoppable!
In a mere 30 days, she had 27 good ones to show for it. But then the storm hit.
Some horrible machine gave her bad news that she wasn't ready for.
This lead her to reach for fast food for comfort... she knew that there was no comfort to be found in that greasy food, but it didn't stop her. By the end of that day, she felt that she was in control, but she was wrong. The following day she had ANOTHER bad day... fast food wasn't involved, but it was a severe case of overeating. I guess she wasn't as unstoppable as she originally thought.
But instead of feeling defeated by these 2 bad days, she pulled up her big girl panties and she set out to make Friday a fabulous day, and fabulous it was! Her nutrition and exercise were spot on, which is pretty awesome for a work day! Saturday she really wanted to continue her bad habits, and desperately longed for something greasy. She gave into the cravings and did order something greasy... but here's the catch! She tracked it, she accounted for it... in fact she ate it slowly and enjoyed every bite. She was still on target for the day and that is what counts!
The morale of the story is no one is perfect, and at the end of the day we are all human. We are going to win some battles, but we are also going to lose some too. But if we can win more often than not, we can win the battle of the bulge in the end. Consistency is the key to success, and with the good days out numbering the bad days, we will be successful!
Today marks 36/41 for good days which is 87%! My rubber band ball is growing and I am getting smaller. (I earn a rubber band ball for each "good" eating day). Do I always do the right thing? Not even close, but do I always try to remember what is important and why I am here? You betcha. Even when I make poor decisions, I never lose sight of my goal to be a healthier me, and that is what keeps me going even when I really don't want to.
Here is the rubber band ball after 2 good days, a couple weeks ago, and June 28th: