Accomplished…

Any time I do something that helps me to get closer to my goal I feel more accomplished. The journey to weight loss is not easy, but figuring out how to make it work is a gift unto itself. Every day there are food temptations, there is all this other”stuff” that gets in the way of working out. Often times I don’t only want one glass of wine I’d like two… know what I mean?

So, on days like today, I have to celebrate that all that I’ve done to get closer to my latest goal – getting back to my free seat. The only way to move down the scale and closer to my goal weight is to maintain my resolve and stick to my plan. Here is what I did to help myself today:

  1. I went to 8:30 am spin class and it was a lot of fun. I felt good about it all day.
  2. I stayed within my points range and I’m on track for rolling over 2 SmartPoints.
  3. I bought the latest WW magazine that offers up some really nice recipes that look for delicious and fairly simple to make.
  4. I cut up vegetables and bagged them so they are easy to grab and go.
  5. I packed my breakfast and lunch for tomorrow.

Here is what I plan to do to help myself for the rest of the day:

  1. Do my deluxe night time routine (as I like to call it) just add on facial cream and some mindful breathing lol.
  2. Lay out my outfit for the morning.
  3. Go to bed by 10:30 pm or 11:00 pm so I get plenty of sleep.

When I can pull this all off, I feel really accomplished.

Strategic…

A strategic stance is just what I need to persevere through this next week. I am .8 away from my free seat and I am determined to get it back. My plan of action will be:

  1. Build each meal around zero point foods. Click Tips & Tools for access.
  2. Create a meal plan I plan on using Paprika (it’s a really neat app).
  3. Reflect daily on how it’s going by blogging here.
  4. Practice mindful eating using the Headspace app it is part of my WW membership (it is also very good).
  5. Remember that even though I’m creating this action plan, it’s ok to be flexible. Changing my plan isn’t a failure it is being responsive.

I am optimistic that by next week, I will be within that two-pound range for my goal weight. That does mean a number goal of losing .8 pounds. Wait, isn’t it bad to have number goals now? Absolutely not. WW never said it was bad to have a number goal. They said there are other victories besides quantitive ones. As far as I’m concerned, once I’ve planned and executed these steps I’ve already won.

I think it helps to think of the number as feedback. Feedback is neither good or bad, it’s informative. I did this… and this was the result… I get into trouble when I personalize that number when the number becomes a reflection of my self-worth. If I’m trying and failing I am already winning. My resilience stems from my ability to adjust my plan and take further action that eventually leads to success. Does that make sense to you?

Good…

On reflecting on my week, I did… good. I didn’t work out as much as I would have liked but all-in-all it was a good week. I stayed within my SmartPoints range. As a matter of fact, tonight I’m rolling over four points.

I will forever be a work in progress. I’m fine with that. I hope I always have something to work on because I’m a learner. I want to grow and be more today now than I used to be. That said, I also embrace where I am right now because it is all process of becoming.

Carol Dweck said that we like to believe that really talented successful people were born different than the rest of us. We tend not to believe that our idols are, for the most part, ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary. I guess that would be a reminder of how it’s so important to keep striving.

No…

Sometimes the answer is “No.” I had professional development and I was surrounded by candy. I looked at and then I said, “No.” I snapped a picture and moved on. It was difficult in the moment (I realize that it doesn’t look so great, but it was very appealing in the moment).

Then later I went to dinner with friends. I said no to the unhealthy choices and went with grilled chicken over salad. It was delicious. I really enjoyed it and after I was happy. The evening was about friendship, not food. Sounds simple, but it was an NSV for me.

Funny, sometimes saying “No” is saying “Yes” to me.

Reality…

The reality of weight loss is that it takes a lot of planning and dedication to make it happen. I track, weigh, and measure food every day. I set goals for myself like, “I will try a new recipe this week.” or “I will go to spin class three times this week.” Then I do my best to achieve them, sometimes I make it and sometimes I don’t.

This is a friend to weight loss.

Someone reading this may ask, “Is it worth it?” It is worth it, I feel so much better, and I am a lot more confident. However, my reality for getting to goal and making Lifetime is different than I thought it would be. It is not that I had any false sense that I would achieve Lifetime and be “fixed”. I knew going into this that it was for the long haul. Knowing and living are different.

This lifestyle takes effort. Some days are amazing. I feel so great because I’m in control, I feel and look good. While some days are almost impossible. I feel like everything I want to eat is too many Smart Points and I through myself a pity party. Some days are mundane. It’s like I go on autopilot and my habits take over and I don’t even think about it. Those days are tricky because I think I need to think about this in order to maintain my weight loss.

This is my reality. I hope reading this post helps someone. This journey is not on a paved path. Really, it is a trail and it is a mountainous one. However, the view from a mountaintop is brilliant and my perspective on my life has been totally changed. I never want to go back to my life before now that I know what it took to get here. As always, thank you for reading.

Stamina…

This is true…

Tonight was brutal. It really was. There will be no spin class for me tomorrow morning because it’s far too late for that. I still have work to do and it’s very late for a school night. My lunch isn’t made and I am getting sick. This not self-care!

This is true…

Stretching myself beyond what I am right now to what I hope to become is difficult. I can do hard things. I accomplished a lot and I didn’t give up. This is a remarkable quality I am tenacious! Here is what I’m going to do next, am going to finish what needs to be done and then I will get some good sleep.

Sometimes the right thing to do acknowledge both sides of the same reality. I think I gained weight because I didn’t know how to manage my stress levels. There is no magic strategy but I am becoming more self aware.

Organizing…

Getting myself together can be a real challenge. Sometimes, I just can’t get out of my own way because I overthink things. There are days when I just have to write a list for what needs to be accomplished. Today I want to:

  1. Work on the book (I am writing a professional book for teachers).
  2. Lesson planning for the week.
  3. Pack up the rest of Christmas and put it away.
  4. Clean the house.
  5. Create a dinner menu for the week.
  6. Go food shopping with a list.
  7. Pay my bills.
  8. Workout for 45 minutes.
  9. Spend some quality time with my husband.
  10. Prep for the week.

That is quite a list. It is a beautiful Sunday morning and I am very hopeful that I can make this happen today. I’ll let you know.

How’d I do?

So far… I’ve accomplished most of what I set out to do. I did not get to the gym but at least I walked the dog with my husband. Some quality time and activity rolled up in one. I prepped food for the week. My meals are packed for tomorrow. I paid my bills, and the Christmas decorations are packed away. The house is clean, and I did go food shopping. I have a little more planning to do before I go to sleep. Having clear intentions and organizing myself makes all the difference.

Day Thirty-Two…

Today was a better day than yesterday. It was a “blue dot day” so that feels much better. Yesterday was such a rough day I’m glad it is behind me. I am looking forward to spinning tomorrow morning so I have to go to sleep soon.

Learning how to maintain versus losing weight is different and requires a new set of skills.  I am supposed to be eating more, but how much more?  I’m trying to learn how to listen to my body and to stop eating when I have a sense of being satisfied. However, doing that is hard for me.

Onward down the path to better health and maintaining weight loss! It helps to know that you are out there doing this too. Yes, this requires some attention. Yes, this is not so easy. Yes, new habits have to be formed. Yes, you are worth all of that and more. You can do this, so let’s get moving.

Day Eighteen…

The cold front came in just in time for Thanksgiving. This is one of my most favorite days of the year because I get to spend time with my family. We all get along really well, and whenever we are together we are sure to have a great time.

It was my job to make stuffed mushrooms, turnips with bacon, and to pick up some wine. Let’s be clear the mushrooms are going to be amazing.  So much butter, garlic, and olive oil. It’s easy to over indulge and do some serious damage this time of year. I just have to continue to remind myself of how far I’ve come and stay the course.