Monday, May 14, 2012
I'm realizing this whole thing is a journey of greater magnitude than I thought. I've watched so many stories of weight loss on YouTube, here on SparkPeople and other places, and they all have one thing in common -- Everyone struggles to keep the weight off. EVERYONE. Juicers, Weight Watchers, fitness enthusiests, WLS patients, Biggest Losers -- EVERYONE.
So, what to do? Give up? Resign ourselves to being overweight the rest of our lives? No, sir. This is not the way I was meant to live. I can only go back to what has worked for me in the past. It's not the programs that have failed me. I am human, and I have fallen again and again. What's the answer to falling? Getting back up and moving forward.
So, over the next 6 months, I'll be implementing a 'Best-Of' weight loss strategy, of sorts. Rather than beating myself up, and not putting forth the effort because I've stumbled in the past, I'll take all the pieces from the broken promises I've made to myself, and begin assembling something worthwhile.
I'm calling it "Operation Juggernaut". It has to do with training every piece of heavy artilery on this cancerous tumor called obesity, and firing at it full-throttle until it is obliterated. Is that imagery violent enough for you? I'm channeling that fighting spirit that has never left me, and I'm aiming my sights at Private Enemy #1 in my life.
I'll be doing a combination of all the things that have worked for me in the past, including:
1. Visiting SparkPeople daily. Posting on the message boards, tracking my food intake, communicating with other members, reading success stories, and utilizing all the tools that are available to us.
2. Staying active with the YouTube Weight Loss Community. Watching videos of others who are losing, and gaining inspiration from them.
3. Doing TaeBo (or other workouts) everyday for the next 6 months. 3-4 times a week thereafter.
4. Listening to the Inside Out Weight Loss Podcast 5x per week.
5. Stop eating after 6
6. Sticking to a low fat diet 5 days per week (less than 30 grams of fat daily)
7. Counting my calorie intake. Logging my meals here on Sparkpeople. Sticking to 1500 calories or less.
8. Going to Weight Watcher's meetings every week. Weighing in consistently.
Will that about do it? I think so. I have made a committment to myself to prioritize my weight loss, and I intend to honor it. Daily exercise is the staple of that plan. I don't know if it's possible to manage weight loss in the long term without exercise. I've come to terms with that.
So, I've found the strength to begin again. I'll be seeking ongoing strength here on Sparkpeople, and I hope you can find strength in following my journey.