So pleased to read this article. I saw myself in much of what's in here, beating myself up for not doing what I'd said I would and at the end of the day gaining weight. And now as I'm recovering from a fractured leg I am beginning to pick myself up again. So I'm setting up some streaks regarding being positive.
I completely agree. The ups and downs of the scale are so unpredictable. I've noticed that those up weeks really make it harder to continue.
I've also noticed in others the way they get so upset with themselves if they lose control and end up giving up or "starting over". I never quit so I never have to start over. I just try really hard to make a conscious decision over the amount I eat. I have accepted the fact that I will not be perfect all the time. I think this helps me to limit my overeating to 1 meal instead of a whole day or a whole week.
Great article! I was just telling someone yesterday that the most important part of my weight loss journey has been learning it's all about the CHOICES I make. Choosing to do an extra workout, or to really stop and consider whether I really want to use my calorie allowance for something in the junk food group (like doughnuts!) that will only last a short time. I feel this attitude will help me finally achieve my goals - I already weigh less than I have in 25 years!
All of this article applies to me! Sometimes if I don't have a "perfect" eating day I will go all out and eat everything that looks good! I am trying not to let one "bad" choice ruin my whole day or week. And this week it is so hot, it's almost impossible to get a long bike ride in. So I rode at 1:30 in the morning when it was cooler! Messed up my sleep for the night, but I couldn't sleep anyway. Since I'm retired I can always take a nap!
This article completely hit home for me. I *expect* to lose 2 - 3 pounds every week. I *expect* that I will always do a 60 to 90 minute workout every day. And I feel like a failure when it doesn't happen. These are unreasonable expectations, and complete motivation killers. I need to keep this in mind when the scale doesn't move or I don't work out as long or as hard as I think I should. Thanks for the great article.
7/15/2013 9:15:22 AM
This is a fantastic article! It really sums up exactly how I think all of us feel. It is nearly impossible not to set unrealistic expectations and to be disappointed in what we should be thrilled by (for instance, seeing a number on the scale not move as quickly as we want it to, when a week or two earlier, we would be thrilled with seeing it at all).
I am forwarding this to some people who I know are struggling with this. Thanks for such a well written engaging piece!
Just seen re:perfectionism comment. I know how it feels to be on meds and feeling depressed. One day at a time and one meal at a time. Sparks is brilliant for "being there" when I don't want to talk to anyone but still need some extra help. It's not a race and the only winner is us.
RE: Perfectionism; I was happy with my weight loss, size, energy, motivation until I was referred to the ER w/dangerously high blood pressure which began a change in and beginning of existing and new medications to lower the BP. Now I have re-gained all my weight and then some. I have no energy, no motivation and I hate the way I no longer fit in the CUTE (tho inexpensive) clothing I purchased at my lower weight. I have no desire to exercise, let alone get out of bed. My depression has returned, the weather is lousy and I know longer care about what I eat or drink. There is no hope of discontinuing new meds or losing gained weight. I have no desire to go out in the cold and run, walk or any other physical activity. My house is no warmer than outside; it is not practical for me to spend outrageous $$ to heat a house w/very little insulation, no floor insulation and single pane, aluminum frame windows. Facing family and financial crises that go hand-in-hand. Selling items to meet cost of special education and moving to reduce expenses. Yes, I know depression plays a huge part in how I feel, and I know not to trust 'feelings'. Weight loss isn't even really an issue right now. Would be nice and may help w/motivation and outlook, however, it will not change the 'big picture' I am looking at. No need for platitudes, gotta have something more for this one.
Great post! I genuinely enjoyed this article, especially since it can be applied to so many other areas in life!
10/14/2012 12:08:42 AM
This past week I've been searching for motivational something, anything that will help me pinpoint what, when and were did I go wrong with my sedentary lifestyle. This was not me just last year. I was active and training for a marathon and after all was said and done, this January, I slowly stopped working out and started with the weight gain. By may, I decided to get back into my routine but after 2 months and 8 lbs weight lost, the scale stopped moving. for about 2 weeks, nothing was moving, instead, I was gaining weight. That was when I got discouraged and lost focused. I am too hard on myself and it was all or nothing for me and I allowed the pressure to get the best of me. This article helped to remind me that I am not alone. And that I need to be realistic and set realistic goals. I was making great improvements and had I stuck with it, I would be congratulating myself right now instead of beating myself up. Anyhow, I really need to get back into the routine and hope that 2013 will be a more active one for me. Thank you for this great article and I hope to get moving soon.
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