Time for a change

Monday, February 15, 2010

It’s been said that the definition of insanity is always doing the same thing in the same way and expecting different results.

That’s why, for many of us, dieting drives us crazy. We keep doing the same thing exactly the same way – then scratch our heads when it doesn’t work.


This time around is different: I’m doing different things, doing some things in a different way and actually AM seeing different results.

The first step was to embrace the little victories. You don’t win the race just by showing up – you move closer and closer to the finish line, passing each obstacle with a smile and determination.

Weight loss is the same way: each pound or inch lost is a pound or inch closer to my goal. I used to keep my eyes focused on the bigger prize, the number at the end of the tunnel, without paying attention to the smaller numbers that lined the tunnel walls. Now I smile with each number I pass.

I’m also working at eliminating the word “diet” from my vocabulary. Yes, my immediate goal here is to lose weight, but the ultimate goal is to keep it off and stay healthy. I think many of us set goals for our “diets” and when we reach them we stop, breathe a little and then begin to celebrate our victory, not paying attention to the fact that this little backslide and that little backslide could soon have us back at the starting gate.

For me, the key is changing things a little at a time. I know what some of my triggers are, but I also know that hitting them all at once would be catastrophic. The big ones – portions, fiber, protein, calories – all came at the same time but the little ones need to be addressed at different intervals.

This week my change takes place at the coffee pot: I’ve learned that if I make a full pot of coffee in the morning, I will drink a full pot of coffee in the morning – with creamer. So this week I’m making a half-pot of coffee. Today was Day One and there was actually a little bit of coffee left in the pot when I left this morning (although not a whole heck of a lot!).

Other changes have been increased walking, cutting out breads and standing when I don’t need to be sitting.

What are some of the little victories you’ve celebrated lately?
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