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Feeling … Lost

Monday, August 19, 2013

I haven’t been so good lately about tracking my food or even eating right. Dinner Friday consisted of chips, queso and margaritas. And I did not intend for it to be, so no, it wasn’t one of those planned splurges. It was just me eating too much. I also didn’t work out on Saturday or Sunday. It has probably been months since I missed both weekend day workouts (I’m always a little more sporadic during the week with my work schedule). I wish I could say that last week was the rare exception. Except it hasn’t been. The few weeks (almost a month), I have just been off my rocker. And I can’t even explain why. I really have no excuse.

Except that I’m tired. I’m tired of worrying about what I eat all the time (even though I know I have to). I am tired of working out (even though I know I have to). I feel like I’m just floating along – lost and uncommitted.

And that scares me. Because I can’t afford to be tired or lost or uncommitted if I’m going to reach my goal and stay there. I need a kick in the pants. But I don’t know how to do that.

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    Thank you for posting this. I think anyone who works at loosing weight and being healthier feels this at some (several) points in their journey.

    For me, one of the big factors seems to be the constant suggestion that "you can drop a dress size by (insert next holiday). Advertisements make it all look so easy. Tabloids make it look like if you are struggling it's because you just don't know their fast, easy, painless method to lasting sveltness! The media makes me feel stupid, lazy and un-committed because the goals they state are beyond my abilities.

    The reality is that it IS a lot of hard work. It IS a lot of saying either no or just a smidgen when you want to face plant and nom-nom the entire cake. It IS making yourself stand up and march in place every time you watch spark coach, or at every commercial, even in your "down-time". It IS measuring the food you eat and the circumference of your belly. And it takes time...not just a few easy weeks.

    Sometimes when I'm lost, I have to stop, take a deep breath, look around me and get my bearings.

    The important thing is that it IS worth it. YOU are worth it. Your health is worth it.

    and so am I. emoticon

    1700 days ago
    While I know this is not for everyone, still, I have just switched to the No S Diet method because of it's serious simplicity. The 'rules' are so straightforward and it is so freeing, that I can't help but mention it for you to check out.
    1706 days ago
    I know exactly how you are feeling because I feel the same way right now. Who knows why these feelings strike us. For me it is sort of stress related as I am sooo much busier than I want to be. It makes everything in life seem overwhelming! I know that I am feeling "tired of it all" too and I just want to be at this journey's end because it has got to be easier on maintenance. Right?!

    Well, today is Monday and we all can relate to that "fresh & new" feeling that Mondays can bring. It is a good day to start over and get back on track. I like the suggestions that WATERONE made. My goals right now are to "recenter" myself so that I remain calm and then to set just 1 or 2 small goals for myself. Something so simple it is a no brainer. Like drinking 8 glasses of water a day or going for a 10 minute walk each day.

    So close your eyes and take a deep breath. Smile to yourself. Set a simple goal and work on achieving it one day at a time emoticon

    1706 days ago
  • VANNAH2014
    I think we all have some days where we don't want to do anything and when we go for the worse option when it comes to food. For me, I have gotten to the point where I enjoy to go out and exercise. I have learned to choose the "healthier" option when I am eating. When I have those days where I just want to eat "bad" food, I just eat less of it then I normally would because then I feel like I had it. DON'T STRESS OUT ABOUT IT! I would stress out about whatever ALL the time and that got me nowhere! I am glad that you came here for help. This is the start of my third week on SparkPeople and I have been doing great, I have noticed a lot of changes. Imagine how you would feel after making the changes. Good luck! emoticon
    1706 days ago
    I've been there too, Marf226. In fact I spent years there.

    The first step is to stop beating yourself up. The angrier you get with yourself the worse you will feel and you start thinking "Who do I think am I fooling? I won't be able to follow through on this so why try?"

    Make a fist and virtually knock that nay saying, defeatist part of yourself out of your way. emoticon You are worth all the effort, time and sweat it will take to reach your goal.

    Second, take a look at your goals. Are they too grand? Will they take a long time to reach. That's what I always did and I'd get discouraged and give up. You can still have those grand goals just add small goals to fill in the space between where you are and where you want to be. This has helped me a lot. Achieving a small goal feels great and motivates me to keep going. And they are maps that can keep you from getting lost.

    Third, so you didn't stick to your plan over the weekend, you aren't perfect, no one is. Shrug your shoulders, pack the weekend and your self-hate in a box and toss it in the garbage where it belongs. Imagine that box getting smashed flat in the trash truck. Then move on. emoticon

    I'm cheering you on your journey.

    1706 days ago
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