It's all about mindset
Saturday, September 20, 2014
With the start of BLC26, part of our first weekend challenge is to blog about our expectations for this challenge. I've had to ponder this for quite awhile because.........well, because there are some things I've done quite wrong in the past with these challenges - with my weight loss and control efforts in the past - that SHOULD be common sense. I guess that means I either don't have much common sense - or I've never really learned the lessons I need to learn to do this and do it right. You'd think, at the age of 59 and being a nurse to boot, I really wouldn't have that much to learn about all this..............well, yeah. Just goes to show that because you "know" something doesn't mean it's part of your life.
To my credit, 14 years ago I joined Weight Watchers and, with the lessons I learned there, I lost 95 lbs. I went from a high of 238 down to 143.......and thought I was finally "there". I *thought* I could do this all on my own............so I quit going when I was in Maintenance.
Since that time, I've realized that I cannot maintain that low of a weight. Even though it puts me square in the middle of what is considerd "healthy", my body just isn't meant to be at that level. I've found I'm quite comfortable at around 160........and that's where I'm aiming to be and to stay. Oh, I've been there...........a lot........in the past and have likely lost the same 30 lbs now 4 or 5 times over the past 14 years. Somehow I've got to reverse this cycle and keep those 30 lbs off..........for good. I want to be able to run and play with my grandchildren. I want to be able to keep on camping in our pop-up camper. I want to retire and travel and have fun doing it. And to do all that, I have to stay healthy. Genetics are on my side for longevity and no serious heart ailments. Genetics are NOT on my side for arthritis and joint ailments. So..........how do I do this??
It's coming down to a matter of mindset. My mindset has to change in the way I look at "diets", food, and what I "can" and "can't" have.
My goal for BLC26 is to continue the successful trend I'm on at the moment with weight loss, and exercise, and to develop the mindset I need to develop to have a healthy relationship with food...............not a dependent one, not one of deprivation..........but *healthy*.
Here's to us...........to all of us on this journey. And here's to the lady in the mirror.