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It is what it is

Monday, May 14, 2012

I have been tracking food, exercising, and drinking water like crazy since March 19, 2012. That's 9 weeks I believe. I am really proud of myself, I quit drinking Mountain Dew (all soda), I quit eating fast food, I quit drinking mochas and other flavored coffees, I said enough to chips, dips, cookies, candies, etc. enough was enough.
I am really proud of myself for accomplishing all of that and more and as of last week had lost 30 pounds.

Then this past week I really struggled with exercise, water, food, and cravings. I didn't give into the cravings in a bad way, I didn't binge, or go crazy, I just didn't do what I normally do and it shows in my weight gain this week. Now I'm surprised that the gain is 3 pounds but it is what it is.

So at this point I have 2 choices............. I can beat myself up, give up, and quit. That's what the old me would have done, the old me who for whatever reason didn't value herself.

OR, I can take it for what it is.............. a tiny little bump in my journey and move forward. Reality is I wasn't going to have a loss every week until I reached goal, everyone has good days, bad days, it happens, life happens, the unpredictable happens, Mother's Day happens and I wouldn't trade my home made french toast (made by my 13 year old) for anything.

I'll take the 3 pound gain, take the mistakes I made this past week, and use those things to motivate me to get right back on track. I will drink and track my water, I will track my exercise, and I will track all of my food!

I'm not giving up this time because every time I gave up in the past the only person I was hurting was myself, and it's time to stop hurting me.

It is what it is and I start fresh right now!
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    Maybe you need to slow down and take a COUPLE of junky foods off your list and bit by bit, week by week wean yourself off of them. I just wondering if you're moving too fast? The reason I say this is that I've done what you do and what millions of other people do - take steps that are too big. I'm just starting my plan - and I've finally had an AHA moment - I was taking on too much too quickly. For example, I'm going to take soda out of my plan...because that is actually something that I can live without. I'll do that for awhile - and then I'll figure out what other food that I can live without - and then after that another one.....not take them all out at the same time! That just set me up for failure. The first week is great on a "drastic" plan and then I'm starving the next week and feeling deprived. Just a suggestion. The only reason I mention it is that, even though I thought I was making small steps before, I actually have to make them much smaller - my expectations of myself are way too high. I tried to be so perfect from the get-go. Eliminating (or decreasing) "bad" foods is a process - think of it over the long term - not short term. This week, I'm actually just eating what I eat, no matter how "bad" it may be for me and just tracking how many calories I consume. I have realized that I don't consume enough protein and I don't have enough calories - until bedtime - then I make up for lost time but go WAYYY over my calories. So I need to eat more foods during the day - that means eating my popcorn that I love between lunch and supper (when I feel tired and grouchy) and some other healthy foods so that I don't feel like I'm starving by the end of the day. This is my goal for today. I will probably do my tracking without really thinking about what foods go into me - just tracking calories. Then next week, I will eat the same foods that I love (even the "unhealthy" ones) but add a side salad to my supper. So, it's really tiny steps, by society's standard - but I think this one of the keys to my future success. I finally have the answer for myself! Maybe this will work for you - if not, just ignore this - you need to do what's right for you...what feels best for you! Good luck and don't get discouraged!
    1747 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/9/2013 12:02:02 PM
    You're right. It is what it is. And nothing more. The choices that disappoint you don't define you or determine your future success on SP. CONGRATULATIONS on losing 30 pounds so far. Remember, this is a long term journey--for the rest of your life. We have to find balance (which includes celebrating and splurging sometimes) or we won't be successful. Every day is a new day and new opportunity to be successful. Our long term success is not defined at all by our occasional "slip-ups." It IS defined by what we do on a day to day basis. You've got this!
    2199 days ago
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