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Weight Loss Stress

Sunday, December 30, 2012

In taking the weight loss stress quiz in today's SparkCoach program I discovered a number of things. First, overall, I have a realistic view of weight loss and the stress related to it. Yeah me!!!

But, like everything, there are areas that I need to improve upon.

One need is to find other ways to measure success rather than just weight loss. After all, this is not just a diet program but a healthy living program. It encompasses so much more than just diet and losing weight. I want to be a whole person, not just a skinny half person. So I think I will need to start looking at weight loss as a "result of" doing all the healthy things that I need to incorporate into my lifestyle, not the "reason for". Weight loss is a slow process, if it is done right and healthfully, and therefore I need to see success in more than just the scale or I will give up long before the scale gets to where I want it to be.

I also need to get more willing to get physical on a daily basis. Exercise is still a brick wall for me. I can go good for a while, but than, usually when I am tired, I easily let it slide. And that isn't doing myself any favors. Deep down, I want it to come easy. And it doesn't. So I resist it. I needs to shout a loud, resounding "STOP" to that way of thinking. Necessary evils and all that aside, planned exercise and everyday increased activity is a huge part of a successful healthy living campaign so it is time for me to "get off of the couch" (even though I really don't spend much time on the busy at the computer).

If my weight loss slows or stalls, as mentioned above, I need other ways to measure success. Just because weight loss may stall doesn't mean the rest of healthy living needs to stall. If I can keep things moving on the forward path the weight loss will be a happy result of it. As I said before, I am looking for a complete package, not just a thin one.

I also found out that I need to "reach out" more. I tend to isolate and try to be everything I need. And any thinking person realizes that they can't be all things to anyone, including themselves. So when things go wrong I need to talk about it with others. And when things go right I need to talk about it with others. And I need to give that same kind of support back to others. So I have a new motto "Get Supported, Be Supportive"(sounds like a Wonder Bra ad!!!).

Lastly, I need to be aware of all my areas of stress and work on reducing all stress, not just those associated with weight loss. All things in this program are intertwined. Concentrating on only one thing and ignoring other areas will hamper and may even jeopardize the whole program.

All this to say that my program is not just about weight loss. It is about healthy living. And all aspects of it are equally important. All successes are important. All failures are not the end of the world. So with this new attitude pinned onto my workout gear I will move forward into 2013 and move mountains, empty seas, conquer worlds and whatever else one does when one is successful.
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    I really respect how you have realized that it isn't just about weight loss, it is about your whole being. Best of luck on your journey!

    1960 days ago
    Yep, losing weight entails so much more then just losing weight doesn't it?

    The biggest lesson I am learning in this quest for health is staying and being consistant in my healthy life style of eating and exercising and staying active all day long. I figure I eat everyday so I had better exercise everyday of the week.

    In consistancy lies the power. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2000 days ago
    This is an excellent blog. You touch on so many good areas. I have found that for me it is very important to not focus on results first but on my actions first. If I ate within my plan, regardless of whether I lost weight or inches, I did well. I may be able to do better tomorrow, but I need to reward myself for being successful for what I DID today, not for what the results were, which I can't control. If it turns out that the results are lacking than patience and problem solving is in order, not self-criticism. I try to do for myself what I try to do for other people, encourage them!
    Have a Happy and Succesful New Year!
    2000 days ago
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