Variety might be the 'spice of life'....but

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I need to be more consistent, but also being more adaptable. Sometimes I can be so narrowly focus that I get upset for any change and I stop doing what I need to be doing. I need to be consistent but adaptable to different situations (like the holidays). I saw a picture on TV about this large teenager from Britain who got a scholarship to a weight loss camp and she said it was easy in the camp but when she went home to England, it was not so easy because she was very protected and had limited choices on eating things in large quantities or very hi-cal foods. It was like the food police was there. However when she went home and no food police around and she was left to her own devices and back into the same environment that she became so fat in, and it was very difficult.
I think that holds true for most of us, if we are in a protected environment where all the choices are made for us……No problem. But when we are left to our own devices then comes trouble. An example for me was when I was at home and controlled the environment I ate on the plan, but when I went to my Mom’s house or the break room at work where there were loads of goodies…..my plan fell apart. Confronted with some situations, I am not very strong and have very little will-power. When I am successful in losing weight, I tend to do much better by limiting my choices. Variety might be the ‘spice of life’, but it is not good for me at this early stage of trying to lose weight and be healthy.
Another thing that I am thinking about is to focus on one thing at a time. I know I need to exercise and I will, but my focus will be on my eating at first and slowly I will incorporate exercise into my plan. It just my own weakness and when I have to many things going on, I usually am overwhelmed and quickly fizzles out. I am not going to feel guilty about not exercising right now and focus on one task at a time until I can master it!!!
There is a song by Reo Speedwagon that says, “I can’t stop this feeling anymore, I’ve forgotten what I starting fighting for”. My translation: I can’t stop this EATING anymore, I’ve forgotten why I starting trying to eat and by healthy. In other words, re-affirm, re-affirm, and re-affirm, so I won’t forget why I started fighting for health and weight loss.

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    Looking ahead to some of your more recent blogs, I see that you have added exercise as part of a team challenge. Yay for you! I wanted to stop by and lend my encouragement. You have been so faithful in encouraging me, sending me links, and leaving comments on my blogs. It's nice to be doing this together!
    4051 days ago
    I understand. All of us fall into the "pit" once in a while. We must remember to not be so hard on ourselves; stop and rethink the situation; pick ourselves up out of the "pit" and start moving along the path to good health. We didn't get here in the "fix" we are in and it will take a while to get to where we want to go. emoticon
    4064 days ago
    Walnut, wonderful blog post! It's so true; we're all different when it comes to the optimal amount of choice that's best for us. So important to know how that translates! I read elsewhere on Spark that "you can't out-exercise a bad diet," so addressing the eating part is enormously important. There's nothing wrong with making gradual changes. In fact, that's just what The Spark suggests.

    Keep up the great work!! - Susan
    4095 days ago
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    i love your thinking here wally!!! one step at a time. i love reading the spark articles for this because they say really you just have to start out like starting a new habit. and do this one at a time. just getting in your waters can be a habit you focus on for one week and the only thing for that week. it builds. habits take several days to become a habit. great attitude and self reflection. keep that part up as much as possible and you will reach your goals.
    4107 days ago
    Take it slow and add one thing when you have mastered the last one. I too tend to not do as well eating correctly when not at home. I've been avoiding my mom's house at meal time! I also tend to eat the same things over and over, but if it's healthy, that's okay with me.
    Exercising was difficult for me to get started on, too. One thing that helped me start was walking during commercials when I watching TV. I'd watch the clock and walk a circuit around my apartment. That really helped me get started.
    I also bought a chair aerobics video because I have problems with my legs. I can't believe the workout I get in that 25 minute video! The site is chairaerobics.com
    Stay strong. You will reach your goals!
    4116 days ago
  • GABBIE00
    Just take it slow and one day at a time.we're here for you.you can and will do it
    4117 days ago
    The important thing is that you know your weakness, so you know what you need to focus on. You can't grow and learn if you don't first recognize what needs to be changed.

    We can do this together!
    4117 days ago
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    Thanks for stopping by. Happy 2010!
    It is hard to be consistent. I feel your pain.
    4118 days ago
    Giving up a little at a time will keep you from giving up altogether! Just as adding things slowly will keep you from getting overwhelmed. Take it at your own pace. It is your journey and it is all about YOU!!
    Blessings and hugs,
    4119 days ago
    One day at a time, one step at a time, you can do this. Happy New Year
    4119 days ago
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    looks like you've given this some thought...good for you!! as long as you do something to move towards your goal, then it's ALL GOOD!

    add on to your program when YOU'RE ready and don't compare yourself or your plan to anyone else's. we're all different, doing our own thang at our own pace.

    as long as you see progress (and not necessarily on the scale either), you're on the right track. if not, tweak it till you do. it's all a learning experience and we're our own guinea pig. all the best! happy new you and year!

    4119 days ago
    The exercise can come later but don't put it off too long. I didn't start to lose until I added exercise. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4119 days ago
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    Great blog Walnut,
    I hear you about doing one thing at a time. It was impossible for me to start eating less and exercising at the same time. It was easier for me to get my eating under control to some degree then add the exercising. It's easier to have control at home where we control what we bring into our home than to go somewhere that temptations are abundant. Not saying it can't be done but it's hard.
    I know you can do it and you know I'm here for you. Adjust when needed and don't forget what you're fighting for.. loved that little ditty.. lol
    Sleep well spark friend.
    4119 days ago
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    One day at a time but don't reward yourself with food, find something else. I quit smoking almost two years ago, only gained 10 lbs but I can't seem to get with the program to lose what I need to. I know what you are saying but its up to you to change your behavior.
    4119 days ago
  • SLIM242
    I agree with you, it's better to take one thing at a time, experience the success and add something else. I listen to motivation tapes "Love tapes/CD's" to keep me focus. I have one on "taking charge of your life" and my favorite tape is my "self-confidence" tape. In the past, I couldn't make a decision and stick to it. I would change my mind with the wind. The Love tapes helped me to quiet my mind and focus on the things I wanted to accomplish. I just brought my daughter a tape/CD on relaxation. She was having trouble letting go of the issues that happened during the day, which kept her from falling asleep. Now, she listens to it every night and gets a good night sleep. If you're interested in checking out the Love tapes,just google "Griswold Love Tapes".
    4119 days ago
    You have really hit the nail on the head, dearie, and you have a good plan to tackle one thing at a time. I know all about the burn out that comes from too much going on. Little by little we are still moving ahead and we WILL reach our goals!

    emoticon Cindy
    4119 days ago
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    4119 days ago
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