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The Tortoise and the Hare

Friday, May 22, 2020

These little guys are my buddies. They sit on my desk to remind me that slow progress is progress.

Do you remember the story of the tortoise and the hare?

I used to be the jackrabbit. Got terrific starts. Giant losses at first. Then....
Yep, you got it.

Others who started at the same time made slow and steady progress and reached their goals.

And I sadly wondered why I could never reach my goals or maintain my losses.

Even when I chose a great plan, I couldn't stick with it long term.

Apathy is my biggest bugaboo. After awhile, I just get bored. I want to eat.

Until I discovered that intermittent fasting worked for me. It doesn't tell me what to eat; it tells me when to eat. I choose my eating window.

A big key is keeping the plan simple. Don't go to extremes.

Do I still have times of apathy? Do I still have times I want to eat when I am not truly hungry? Of course. That's when I have to dig a little deeper and motivate myself. We all come up with what works for us.

Being more flexible is a motivator. Being able to do things now that were difficult before motivates me. My clothes feeling looser is a motivator. Feeling in control is a big motivator for me.

Browsing Spark stirs up my motivation. Reading articles and blogs are motivators. Using the Spark journal is a big one for me.

I have a computer folder where I keep sayings and pictures that motivate me. Browsing there always leaves me feeling refreshed and motivated.

Keeping a spreadsheet of my progress helps.
Do you know what I discovered today?

I am 55 pounds lighter than what I weighed a year ago in May. It may feel like my progress is slow, but it is progress.
If we lose even one pound a week, that's 52 pounds a year. It's easy to think dismissively of that 52 pounds when we have a lot to lose.
I am so glad to weigh 55 pounds less than I did last year.
Like the tortoise, I will make it.

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