New strategy

Friday, March 29, 2013

Well, it's been months since I posted a blog entry. I think I had given up. That voice in my head has been saying, "You might as well go ahead and eat that ice cream. You deserve it. You aren't really that overweight. Just go ahead and enjoy that food. It helps you get through all those long, boring days at work. Then at night, after dinner, that ice cream tastes so good!"
But then the next day the voice says, “Well, you blew it again. Your stomach is so big you look pregnant. Your butt is so big. You will be in size 16s soon. You look ridiculous. Your feet can't hold up your big body. Your joints are getting a workout. But, you can't lose these 20 pounds. You've been trying to lose this weight for years now. You lost it while you were on Nutrisystem, but then you gained it all back. Even if you lose it again - you'll probably just gain it back. You don't have any kind of self-discipline. That is for other people. People like you, don't reach those kinds of goals. You're getting too old anyway. Just give up!
Waa, was, was. I decided to change the voice in my head. I have heard it said, “You have to set your mind and keep it set. You have to tell your mind what to think.”
So I’ve replaced those negative thoughts with these. “I eat 1200-1500 calories per day. I don’t eat ice cream, or candy, or cookies, or cake or pie.” I do eat lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, sweet potatoes, etc. I do eat apples, bananas, oranges, and cantaloupe. I do eat chicken and fish and lean pork. I do eat brown rice and whole grains.” So I tell myself what I don’t eat, but then I tell myself what I do eat. Things I really enjoy eating. I tell people around me, that I’m on a diet. That’s why I’m not going to eat any cake. That seems to shut them up and let them know I mean business.
I let myself know what I don’t eat, but then I remind myself what I do eat and want to eat to be healthy and get to my goal weight.
So far it’s working for me. Oh! And I’m only going to weigh once per month. I am measuring my hips with a little string I cut when I measured myself one day. If the string is getting longer as I wrap it around my hips, I know I’m doing good. I was weighing every day, but I’m not going to let myself weigh but once a month.
I started this new way of thinking and behavior on March 20. My 60th birthday is October 15. So that is my goal date. That worked out pretty good.
So I tell myself, “By April 20, my grandson’s 3rd birthday, I will weigh 164. By May 20 I will weigh 160. By June 20 I will weigh 156. By July 20, I will weigh 152, by August 20, I will weigh 148, and by September 20 I will weigh 144.” My goal is 145 by my birthday on October 15, 2013. So, I am giving myself some wiggle room.
I tell myself how much I exercise. How many calories I burn per day.
I’m using positive affirmations and telling my mind what to think to reach my goal. It’s only been a few days, but so far so good.
I will try to keep my blog updated with my progress.
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  • 1EMMA2011
    This is empowering. The way you tell people No I'm on a diet. I really like that. Why not. It's the truth and if it makes a strong boundary why not! I love it.

    Good for you. Clear, direct communication works!

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    1912 days ago
    That's how you'll get it done. When we could get rid of that awful voice that makes us doubt what we can achieve, we will do amazing things like weigh 164 by 4/20. You can do it. Glad you're back.

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    1912 days ago
    You can do this. Keep your healthy thoughts in mind and you will be great!
    1912 days ago
    Welcome back. Remember to treat yourself with grace it is small changes that add up to large changes.
    1912 days ago
    Good for you changing the negative thoughts to positive ones.
    Another thing you can do it have that cookie/kiddie size ice cream one day a week.

    I'm not yet at the stage where I can add any treats but that's what I'm hoping to do in the long run. One day every week (or two haven't decide yet) where I can have a small treat.

    The goal is to live normally and that includes treats every now and then.

    Good luck with your goals! Stick too it and come back here often. I'm finding it really helps me keep on track, especially reading others struggles just shows what I'm going through is normal and I can do it too!

    1912 days ago
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