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.