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A simple equation - I understand it. So why don't I DO it?

Monday, June 17, 2013

I had an "a ha" moment this morning. I was answering my spark emails. I noticed what I always see, but don't even notice very often. Others on this weight loss journey. Many others. Sometimes posting success stories, but mostly posting they are stuck and looking for help.

Funny thing is, there's a reason I answer so many of these ones. I get it. I know what's wrong. I know what might help. I realize everyone is different, but there is one common thread through it all. Calories in - Calories out. Move more, eat healthier (not necessarily less). Needing a reasonable calorie deficit over time. Making yourself and exercise a priority, and not making excuses to avoid it. Making healthy nutritional choices - fuel not padding. Drinking enough water.

There it all is. In black and white. I KNOW this formula works. It does not work overnight, but it does work.

So why have I been stuck for so long?

Calories in - Calories out - only works when you are 100% honest and measure accurately.

Move More Eat Healthier - stop the mindset that I can eat that "junk" just this once. It won't hurt that much...

Making yourself and exercise a priority - stop the belief that I did so well yesterday that I can slack off today. Or finding excuses (rain, coughing, etc) to just not do it.

Drink Enough Water - and NO, COFFEE is not WATER!

For some reason, I keep letting these little thoughts win out. Not all at once. One at a time. A little compromise here. Another there. Suddenly I realize I'm still stuck here and for some silly reason I can't figure out why.

I need to remove my blinders. I don't want to face the reality, but it's time.

I AM STANDING IN MY OWN WAY. Every little decision I am making. Every tiny compromise. It's all leading me to where I am now.

This morning I was thinking of this, and already had the perfect excuse to take it easy today. I am training for a half marathon this fall. I am honestly scared if I push too hard too fast I'll hurt myself. So instead of finding a way to work through this fear, my immediate answer was "stop focusing on weight loss. Simply focus on training. Do everything for my training to be injury free. Train every second day ONLY." In my mind, that means exercising only every second day.

Yes, reaching my training goal is important. But I did it before exercising EVERY DAY. Running 6 days a week. Taking one day off from exercise. Fueling my body, not padding it.

So why can't I do that again?
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    I don't know your history but it looks like you are maintaining which is great. You are not gaining weight even though you apparently are not happy with your eating habits. So if you do lose weight and achieve your goal you already know how to maintain and will avoid the dreaded fate of apparently around 95% of people who gain it all back and don't maintain the loss.
    I also am searching for the golden key and can relate to many of the reasons for not being successful. I would add one of mine and that is I spend an awful lot of time on the computer searching for that key - sitting and not active. I tell myself that that is good as there is so much good on the internet but, I think if truth be told. it is an excuse for not being active.
    1767 days ago
    I know how you feel. I stink at getting enough water daily. I know that is the reason that I am retaining water. I know how to change this but I am having the hardest time doing it.
    1769 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    It is a simple concept, but carrying it out is so terribly difficult. We all know what we need to be doing, but the follow through is so hard.
    1769 days ago
    emoticon for this blog! It really made me think hard. It is so easy to make excuses and I do that all the time. I went to my Lose & Win meeting tonight. Unfortunately I had gained 1.2 lbs. It was raining pretty good & no one else wanted to do our usual walk, but you know what -- I just got my umbrella out & walked 1/2 a mile in the rain! I need to do this all the time - not make excuses.
    1770 days ago
    a simple equation but someimes all the variables are not accounted correctly then our numbers dont turn out right. its like budgeting. if we forget about a few things then our account may not balance out. calorie counting and burning is the same.
    1770 days ago
  • CYND59
    I feel the same way. I ran a 1/2 marathon in 2009 and since then kinda got away from running but I am back and training for another one. It seems harder this time. I am consumed with fear that it will not happen. I Know we can both do this.
    1770 days ago
  • MISSB8604
    Thank you for saying this.
    1770 days ago
    Exactly right.
    1770 days ago
    At the beginning of my weight loss journey, when my boyfriend told me it's simple you just eat less and exercise more, I wanted to kill him! But then I realized he's right. Like the previous poster said, simple doesn't make it easy and he never said it was easy... it's not... He's struggling with it too now that he decided he wanted to lose some weight... but it really is simple... And realizing it for me, is one of the things that made it easier...

    I watched my mother and my aunts struggle with dieting and trying to lose weight my whole life... and I hardly ever saw any changes in how they looked... and as such, weight loss become this mythical holy grail that could not be achieved...

    Until he said that, and then I realized I lost 5 lbs already, why not lose 5 more and 5 more, etc.

    And suddenly it seemed so simple... and I could handle it!
    1770 days ago
    Every day, every thing is important. You can do this!
    1770 days ago
    This is a great blog and I'm exactly where you are. Why am I currently stuck, I know the equation as well and I know what I need to do, yet I still tend to eat more than I think I am at servings and not enough's just so hard to change it!
    1770 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    Simple does not equal easy. The answer is simple, but it is hard to break bad habits. It takes the "want to" to get it done. When you are ready, it will happen!
    1770 days ago
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