Living alone and loving it - goal to set aside my fears and move forward
Any one reading my LAALI blog series might have notice a change in me. My DH moving to the other side of the country was a really scary thing while my body was less than normal. Would I be able to do it? Tomorrow I'm going to have the screws taken out of my foot. I'll be awake during this. I'm a little freaked out. But I'm pushing those thoughts aside because right now I'm being the 5% Avatar.
The secret behind my LAALI blogs is that I've got a 5% Avatar! You've heard of the 5%???
There are the people that figured it out, got off the weight and are keeping it off.
I've started to allow myself to believe I am part of the 5%.
I know for me the thing that has really helped is a mental game that I'm the 5%. You know how they say 95% who loss the weight gain it back, and only 5% keep it off? I just have started to pretend that I spent loads of time getting it all off and now I'm fighting to keep it off. I think of myself as a 5%'er. If there is an all you can eat situation, what would the 5% be doing - they won't go back for seconds and that plate wouldn't contained fried, or dressing, or tons of sugar. The other day I ran out of calories early in the day. The 5%'er in me grabbed some gum and started working on several projects to keep my mind distracted. The 5%'er can't watch TV - too many reminders of worries, an excuse to sit, and constant food cues. I'm 28 pounds lighter since seeing myself as already there. I've put on my 5% avatar and life is so much happier. She blows past thing that try to trip her. Oh she falls, but has the will to not lose ground and stand back up. An extra pound gained? So what, I'm a 5%'er - I get to start doing things better not tomorrow - but RIGHT NOW!
On Friday they called me to remind me about my appointment Monday to have the screws removed from my foot. They also said, "remember to bring your boot". I've been out of that thing for weeks. Oh, yea it isn't as easy as just take out the screws and jump on the treadmill. The 95%'er in me was listing off *This is really scary! *I have to go back into a boot again *I don't get to get on the treadmill this week *they are going to cut into me while I'm awake - freak out! After having my fear-fest my 5%'er started to take the lead.
Here is what my 5%'er said, *you have lost nearly 10 pounds recently without being able to use lower long muscles - Wow! *you once got through 40+ minutes of a procedure on the back of your hand without lidocaine *you still can exercise *you can be a really brave 5% so you can tell everyone tomorrow how brave you are *keeping of weight isn't for the whimpy 95% it is for us the powerful 5% - you can power through tomorrow *5%'s are prepared people - I will get up early to get exercise in before going so if I don't feel like doing anything after I'm still ok.
The 95% live in the moment of despair that life is too hard and there are too many restrictions. The 5%'er sees that the future has possibilities and is curious to try to things. The 5%'er is feeling brave and powerful and possible. You want to play 5%'er with me?
**You are at your goal weight and feel powerful
**When people see you they are thinking positive things about you
**It's hard to stop smiling because life is so exciting
**Can't isn't part of the vocabulary - rather what can I do?
**You look for opportunities to take control of your life rather than letting media tell you
**You're happy eating healthy food because you invest the energy to present it to yourself like a 5 star restaurant would - fresh ingredients, unique spices, colorful plates, pretty garnishes
**You daydream about outings the have fitness as part of the fun - rafting down a slew, going fishing on a long dock, geocaching, walking around a museum and taking the stairs
**You see being fit not only limited to your body but to organizing your house, car, kids, job, life
**You see a noble purpose to your life to infect others to want to have lives that are enriched and fun
**You like living even when it puts challenges in your path because you know you will live the day well and be better for it.
**You want to be close to nature and the sun and make time to be green in your initial approach to all things and purchases.
**You know you have off days - and that's OK
Come join me, being the 5% is amazing! I promise, as soon as I can, this 5%'er will make a 5%'er team -- the day I've completely earned the right!