Suddenly it's difficult

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The only thing that seems to be working right these days is my attitude. I'm still motivated and determined, but I'm slipping and that's not good. Suddenly it's difficult to lose weight and I'm battling to maintain what I had lost previously. It's not a mystery - I'm eating more and working out less. It will eventually catch up with me and I'm trying not to let that happen. I decided to rework my plan and take baby steps starting with 6 glasses of water a day. But water has become like medicine and I'm forcing myself to drink. I'm not drinking soda or juice, just not drinking enough water. It was no problem when I was in the gym regularly, and in retrospect I realize that my struggle began when I stopped going to the gym. I'm not depressed or disillusioned, I'm just being honest, and the truth is that I'm regressing. So I decided to rework my plan and put myself on a regimen. It is obvious that I cannot wing it. Here are my first level goals which will begin immediately;

1. Drink a bottle of water (16.9 ozs) with every meal.
2. Plan my meals a week at a time, print them out and carry them with me as I did when just starting out.
3. Sign up for the belly dance and pilates classes I've been considering.
4. Get up and walk or stretch at the beginning of each hour while at work.
5. Go to the gym 3 days a week.

I'm thinking that those are realistic goals and should stem the flow of weight gain that has started to invade my body. Today I looked in the mirror and I didn't like what I saw. My neighbor mentioned that I was losing weight and I wanted to ask him if he was blind or maybe what did he want to borrow that was making him speak such "kind" words, but I didn't. Instead I thanked him, but I know I'm not losing weight; I can actually feel the tightening in my waist. Anyway, it's time to get back in gear. Can't regress now at the beginning of summer. It's time to return to some serious work. It's time to become a loser.
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    I am at the same exact place! We will finish the race!
    3229 days ago
    Good plan. Don't let a plateau get you down. I have been stuck too, but keep working harder toward my goad. You can do it!!
    3235 days ago
    I can identify with you, KLASSIE. I too was derailed but I won't lose hope. I have a goal in mind and am working towards achieving it and I know I'll succeed. I am taking it one day at a time.
    I'm sure you'll achieve your goals as well.
    3235 days ago
    Your plan sounds strong, what's key is to switch it up and do somethings different so you don't get bored. Stay encouraged! emoticon
    3235 days ago
    Good plan and your attitude is so healthy. Keep up the good work!
    3235 days ago
    You have a great plan and a great attitude!! There is no reason for you not to be successful in achieveing your weight loss goal. I think every once in a while we should re-evaluate our weight loss plan to determine what is working for us and what is not working, then make the changes as we need to.
    Your plan is a good one and I wish you all the best. emoticon
    3235 days ago
    Great job on your goal setting... you'll see it through and BTW - you will love belly dancing. It's very liberating and it teaches you to view yourself with loving eyes more emoticon
    3235 days ago
    I was in exactly the same boat as you. I have been off track for the last 2 weeks, when I saw the scale inch back up to 199.5, I decided I had worked too hard to just let the weight take over and claim my body again, so I've decided I am the boss of my body and I am going to be in control again. I had no problem at all about the first 100 days, I had no cravings, I was losing and I was exercising and doing everything right and getting the results I expected. Then I stopped. I still do my exercise just about every single day, but I plateaued. I broke through the 200'2 into One-derland in Feb. and I've only had one loss since then. I stuck it out and let little things take control until I knew I was losing it. So, I have changed my attitude and I am back at it again. I hope you too can do it. Your goals sound great.. Remember to start small and read lots of the SP Motivational stuff, it helps. It kept me around here when I was seeing no results at all! Good luck!
    3236 days ago
    I am afraid I must be like you. I can not drink water. I do not like ice. I use water to make tea and coffee in a large coffee cup. It hold 20 oizs and i count it as my water. I read when i first started this journey Water is best but Fluids are key. I am afraid I must count second best.
    I always look up in the nutrition tracker anthing i add to my water hot or not it is fluids. So long as it is not laden with sugar only something nutritous. I never use artifical sweetener it makes me ill.

    I measure any milk added to coffee or sugar if you use it and I have done better I can do 10 to 12 cups of fluid a day-No soda.
    Fing your fluid and track it. That worked for me it might just work for you also. Good luck-you can do it. Pat in Maine.
    3236 days ago
    Most of us have been there! It's hard to stay on top at all times and we do indeed slip up. What is important is what we decide to do about it. You have made a very good plan to get yourself back on track and it will work. You can do it! Do you ever put fruit slices in your water? For me a couple slices of citrus really helps get that all important hydration done.
    3236 days ago
    Hang in there, emoticon and you will do it.
    3236 days ago
    emoticon it will work for you, it's your plan specially for you, by you.
    3236 days ago
    We all have those periods where there seems to be no progress and we get mentally bored. Your goals sound very realistic and achievable. Go get 'em! -- Lou
    3236 days ago
    It's hard to keep up the motivation. At least you are aware of whats going on and are getting a handle on it. If water is getting too boring try decaf tea or crystal light. I buy Walmarts store brand. Switch it up some so that it doesn't feel like a chore to hydrate yourself.

    You might want to try reading your old journal or blog entries from when you were really motivated. It might help you reclaim your motivation. emoticon
    3236 days ago
    Thanks for your post. This is my first day here. I signed up because I am going through a period similar to what you have expressed.

    Struggling the last few weeks. Good days and bad. Dealing with a lot of stress and emotions. Last Sunday I felt terrible because i put on some weight over the last two weeks - oddly that was the day a few people chose to mention how"good" I was doing.

    If they only knew....but today is a new day! I am looking forward to being online here. I think it may be just what I need.
    3236 days ago
    Believe it, Claim it, Live it.

    "Nike" Just do it.
    3236 days ago
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