Familiar Patters. Good Or Bad?

Friday, October 08, 2010

Familiar patters have come to my attention today. Though I can't say this will speak for anyone else, but it does speak to me. And I am glad I am listening because it is inspiring.

What I noticed is that for me and weightloss I seem to have this pattern of hit it hard two weeks then rest two then hit it hard again. At first I use to get kind of down on myself for not being perfect in all areas. As I disected this a bit further what I found was I tend to be really focused on my diet during one of these two week periods and on my exercise the other. When I am focused on the exercise I am building muscle and weightloss is at a standstill. Then two weeks of focus on diet and thing fall off all over.

During the time I am focused on my exercise I tend to snack more and at first I was really beating myself up about it. Then I thought about my progress and the fact I was eating healthy snacks and realized my body needed them as I am building muscle.

Then going into my focus on diet and less exercise that new muscle really helps along with the diet in melting those pounds.

Before I was always feeling like I was failing myself for not sticking to both 100% of the time. But turning that negative voice off, I can hear loud and clear, "Honey, you are making progress!" Stick to what IS working for you and build on it!

My message here is be kind to yourself and celebrate everything you are doing for your health. It all adds up, and your body responds to that love! emoticon
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    I used to do a diet that you had a very strict diet for three days then the next day you could eat whatever you wanted. The premise was, your body needed the shake up day so it didn't get complacent and readjust to the lower calorie range of the strict diet days. I seemed to work for about two months then I think my body adjusted anyway or...I stopped that diet from boredom
    2754 days ago
    We're in this for the long haul, so I think you're right to seek balance.
    2754 days ago
  • JOFOR15

    2755 days ago
    I agree totally!!
    2755 days ago
    Good for you!! emoticon
    2755 days ago
    True and I am getting stronger every day. That's the important thing to take from this!
    2755 days ago
    Right on!! The thing is that this is our lifestyle and not just a diet we are getting through so that is what makes it unique to each individual. I too go back and forth with "being really good" and then "checking out for a bit" just to come back and realize what works and what doesn't. The only reason I have been doing this for a little over a year now is that I allow myself slip-ups and learn from them and meanwhile living my life. You are doing great - it sure is an amazing journey right??!! emoticon
    2755 days ago
    this is not "one size fits all" program. what works for you works for you and that is great. keep going.
    2755 days ago
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