Down another 2.2! Woo! Hoo! I just want to enjoy this moment. It feels good to see results when I’m putting in so much effort. Moments like these make me feel capable, and in control. For every positive there is a negative. Moments are funny because while the good ones seem to go so quickly, the hard ones seem enteral.
Sometimes a moment can seem like everything. The pull of wanting something can consume me, it’s like I want this… cookie, bread, pasta, or whatever it is and I lose perspective. My perspective becomes very narrow, and I think, I want it and that’s all there is. Then interior dialogue pipes up and begins to rationalize as if I’m playing, Let’s Make a Deal. Sometimes, the trajectory of a day lays in the balance of a single moment.
The Power of a Pause…
Learning how to pause, and think through a momentary craving or impulse is a big step on the journey. I believe learning how to do this is the work ahead of me now. While I’m not there yet, I am aware of the need to get there and that’s a good beginning.
I did great today. Tracking, making good choices, getting activity. It was a very busy day, and I find myself feeling exhausted. I thought about going to bed and skipping my post, but I decided I could do better. So here I am writing and reflecting.
I was extremely hungry by the time I ate dinner, but I kept it together and kept myself to a portion size. Later, I had a cup of Half Naked popcorn and a frozen banana. Frozen fruit is a great alternative to a high SmartPoint dessert.
I’m good. I hope you are as well. Keep going, keep believing. Remember, most times, believing comes before achieving.
Being part of the WW community has become very important to me. Saturday morning workshops have become something I look forward to because I care about the people, and I learn so much from everyone. Today I was inspired by their stories, and informed by their wisdom.
There is something beautiful about Saturday. It’s my fresh start day, and I love that feeling. My goal for this week, is to take that “fresh start” feeling for Saturday and extend it through the week. Every day, every meal, every activity, every mindful encounter is a fresh start. There is always room to feel good about my choices, and to improve. If I can achieve that goal I think it would do a lot for my sense of wellbeing. What’s the action plan?
Mindful mediation thinking about the new day each morning (BASICS on Headspace)
Being present in my choices thinking about each as one part of the whole day (not defining the whole day)
Positive self-talk and honest reflection about choices throughout the day
Mindful mediation thinking about the end of the day (END OF THE DAY on Headspace)
So now I’m wondering what goals will you set this week? What are you willing to share? If it helps, feel free to leave a comment. Your suggestion may be food for thought for someone else. A community is a wonderful place to think, share, and grow. We could have that here if we want it.
I’m thinking about the things I am grateful for as I get ready for bed. I can’t express enough how much it means to have a kind word of encouragement. Isn’t amazing that we all of have this enormous power for good within us? Of course belief starts from within, but it’s just so nice to have someone else come along and back you up.
Maybe that’s why I love teaching. I love being that voice that says, “Let’s try it.” or “Wow, look at what you’ve done here.” or “May I just give you a compliment?” My students all know that I believe in them. I think that understanding helps them to work so hard even when things are difficult. I think we could all take a lesson from the children in our lives. They know a thing or two about overcoming struggle and living joyfully.
Joy and struggle are two sides to the same coin, aren’t they? Today I pushed myself to get to spin at 4:30 pm and I did it. It was a struggle to make it out of school and to the gym on time. Usually, I let myself get caught up in work or a personal commitment. Not today! I feel really good about this. Plus, I am also rolling over 4 SmartPoints which also feels pretty fantastic.
I think dreams are just as important as reality. Having a dream to strive towards, is helping me to discover how much I can really do. I’m just so grateful I am figuring this out. I could have lived my whole life and never have known what I could become had it not been for my dreams.
If you have something you are dreaming of – keep it safe, keep it close to your heart. If you have someone in your life who has a big dream – be an encourager. Be the one who says, “Yes, you can do it.” The truth is, you can do it – whatever “it” might be. It just takes a lot of work and dedication. I guess the one question you have to ask yourself is, are you willing to put in the time it takes to make a dream happen?
No, I didn’t make it to Lifetime. I did lose weight, .8 pounds, but not enough to be within that range. I was disappointed but not crushed. I will get there, I believe in me. This is a short post because I’m still not up to par. I hope you are well on the journey. Thank you for reading.
Short post today. I went over my points because we ate dinner at a local Greek restaurant and it was really good. I went into my “weeklies” but I think it will be ok. I tracked everything and used a total of 32 SmartPoints. Now, I’m still kind of full and sleepy.
I hopeè you had a good day too. I hope that you are getting the results that you wanted. Know that fast or slow, just taking time to plan out your meals, get active, or examine your emotions is the way to take care of YOU.
So make a promise that you will do something special for yourself tomorrow. I wonder, what will it be? I plan on going to spin and going to bed earlier tomorrow. I think I’m a little sleep deprived. How will you take care of yourself tomorrow? Say, it; jot it; do it.
I am enough. I am doing the best I can and I am enough. If my mom were here she would say, “I’m so proud of you Jennifer. You are amazing. You can do anything you set your mind to and I love you.” I really hope whoever you are, if you’re reading this post, you take some time to say some positive about yourself.
Live your life in the body you want, believe it, you can make it happen.
I weigh-in tomorrow, I’m feeling good. Reflecting on my week I can say that it’s been hard to focus on myself. I’ve had to put my needs on the back burner while I handle everything life is throwing at me. It’s a pretty safe bet to say if you’re reading this post you can understand.
I had a few small wins this week. I went to spin two times, I was mindful about my food choices, I tracked even when I knew it would put my weeklies at -4 SmartPoints. I’m ending the week with a +2 so that makes me happy. I had some cravings for comfort foods that I didn’t indulge. When I thought about how far I’ve come and why I’m doing this it was easier to say no to temptations. The rational part of my mind understands that it’s not really the food I want as much as a reprieve from stress.
So either way, no matter what, I am better off today than I was a year ago. Even if I don’t make goal tomorrow I’m proud of myself because I’m not giving up. So, stay at this with me, ok? Believe it, I can do this and so can you.
A year from the month that I started my journey I am officially one pound away from goal. I almost can’t believe it. My message to you is this, power through the challenges. Sometimes you may have a perfect week and not lose an ounce or worse gain! Other weeks you may lose when you were sure you would gain, and you feel like you’re getting away with something. You cannot ever control the scale. When you understand (and believe) this the journey becomes about something greater than the numbers. It sounds so phony, but weight loss has very little to do with the scale. Next week if I don’t lose my pound, it will be ok. It will be ok because I know I eventually will lose it. This is really happening. Amazing.
Did you know my featured image (and breakfast) is made up mostly of seeds? Almonds are not really nuts, they’re a seed of a fruit (drupe). Raspberries have around 100 tiny seeds around the drupelet (I think) and wild raspberries are carried and dropped by birds. While strawberries are actually their own class of fruit because they are the only berry to have their seeds on the outside. I don’t remember anything about blueberries… A baby owl is called an owlet, a baby hedgehog is called a hoglet. There is always a lesson to be learned like just be happy being a caper you will never be a lollipop. Another favorite, don’t envy the stars in the sky if you’re a starfish, happiness is the thing that makes you glow. Honestly, the world would be a happier place if more adults read picture books.
I can’t wait to be done with this project. I’m not there yet but I’m getting closer. I did wake up early (4:30 am) to go to my spin class. Once I was there, I saw my friend who gave me a message I kept close in my heart all day. She told me that I’ll never go back to what I was before my weight loss transformation because I’ve worked too hard to be where I am right now. She was the kind voice that I needed to hear and I am grateful. Then later in the morning, my sister called me and invited me out for a coffee and a manicure. I could have just kept working, and maybe have finished an extra lesson but instead, I (happily) said yes! I needed to take a break from the grind, and it was a sweet relief, I am grateful to be so loved.
I am pretty exhausted but I’m going to make my lunch before I head upstairs to bed. Packing my breakfast and lunch tonight will help me in the morning when I’m sure to need any help I can get. This is the secret to successful weight loss, consistency. Even when life throws you melons. I won’t bore you with melon facts! So keep it steady at the wheel you will arrive at your weight loss destination. You can do this even when life is difficult. Believe in yourself and keep your why close. We can all get there, really and truly it just takes time. More tomorrow…