One Day at a Time

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A few minutes ago, I was leaving a comment on a friend's blog regarding choices. Reading about the problems she's been having and the changes she is planning to make got me thinking--what is the best way to go bout this whole weight loss thing? Not the physical aspects, we all know that formula. Calories in must be less than calories out, easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? Riiiiight. Can you see my eyes rolling from there? It isn't the knowledge of said equation that makes weight loss so hard, at least not for me. It is the mental game; knowing that I will have to make smart choices EVERY DAY, that I won't be able to eat whatever I want, all day every day for the rest of my life. That is staggering, overwhelming! Like trying to imagine space, or a zillion dollars. My mind shuts down, and I reach for a cellophane package of goodness, figuring I will start the denial tomorrow.

Obviously, this doesn't work.

A few years ago, I lost 32 pounds. It was wonderful! But I didn't think in terms of The Rest of My Life; I thought about it One Day at a Time. It was the only way I wouldn't get overwhelmed by the thought of making these responsible choices for so long, of never slipping up more than once or twice a week. And when one day got too overwhelming, I would narrow my vision down to one hour. Or ten minutes. Whatever it took to get me past the chocolate, the cheesecake, the spongycreamyheaven staring at me so enticingly. And as long as I thought that way, it worked!

I'm not saying don't make long term goals. We have to have something to work toward, after all--me, I'd like to wear cute swimsuits from Target. Shallow? Absolutely. But so am I sometimes, and I've learned to accept that about myself. But that goal is a long way off, and there are a lot of choices between here and there. So when those long terms just seem so far away, lost in the haze of the calorie fog, I will simply narrow my vision. Focus on that next meal, that next choice.
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    You are reading my mind! Awesome job.
    2226 days ago
    Shallow? NO. I think that is what we all want but sometimes it just seems so far away or unattainable. It is better to set smaller, short term goals & celebrate along the way!
    2226 days ago
    You are so right. I had 110 to lose when I started two months ago. I've tried off and on so many times I couldn't imagine doing it again. But, I saw SP in an article and got curious. I'm working overseas and was mulling over SP and wasn't sure if I was going to do it.

    Since I stay in a hotel for work I turned around and there in the full length mirror (I don't own one of those at home) was my naked body. I was horrified. I was the fat woman I saw on the street and didn't think I looked THAT BAD! Well, I do.

    Vanity seems to be what has spurred me. I know I need to be healthy because I'm 61 and luckily have no major health issues. I swear I think I was waiting for one to make me lose weight! But, I am plain old tired of being fat.

    I see a triple chin and my 5'2" body does not reflect who I am. I have a youthful attitude about life and I need a body to reflect it.

    You are correct though. I'm not looking at the whole 110 pounds. I am looking for now at reaching 50 pounds by Nov to go on a trip as a reward. It is tough being where we have little choice of meals but I have managed to get off the first 20.

    Life is too short to live it trapped in a body we don't like.

    Good luck
    2226 days ago
    Great blog, I am glad i read this today because i was looking at how much i had to lose and all the time it would probably take to lose it. Thanks for the reminder to just take it one day at a time.
    2226 days ago
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