Being open to the journey means that I am eager to find ways to participate in the process. I have been on this journey in earnest since September 2017, that is a very long time. How do I keep making this fresh? For one thing, I think it is very important maintain a “beginner’s mind”. I’ve written about this concept before. Having a beginner’s mind means lifting preconceptions about what to expect when approaching… well, anything. It is especially helpful, when it comes to weight loss, or maintenance.
So, how can I keep it fresh this week? I asked myself a question, What if I eat more whole foods? How would that impact my hunger levels? To answer that question, I’m experimenting with is eating more whole foods, and saving SmartPoints for dinner. I have been monitoring my hunger cues by setting my phone timer for 4 hours after I finish each meal. I am finding this challenge as helpful in the same way that giving up dessert was good for me last week.
In keeping with the theme of gratitude, today I am grateful for:
Physical Therapy (thank you, Dave you’re helping)
Fresh vegetables (colorful, cheerful, and satisfying)
Lemon juice (I know it’s weird but true lots of flavor 0 sp.)
I hope you are having a positive journey. I am on your side we can all reach our goals together.
Late spring rain (even though the sky is dreary it makes everything all around look so vibrant and green).
It was another good day on plan. My husband brought be home a Carvelite ice-cream (I guess that’s number four on the gratitude list). I have been rolling over SmartPoints for the last two days. I’m going to keep at this, I hope you do too.
I decided I’m going to keep counting days until I get back to goal. I did lose a pound this week, and that is very welcome news. I worked to recapture a beginner’s mind this week. Giving up dessert was a good way to get in touch with those feelings. Insofar as my mindset, gratitude is the word of the day. It’s easy to feel grateful when things are going good isn’t it? However, while it’s always good to be grateful, it’s even more important when times are tough. It is also easy to be grateful for the big things, like my children, my husband, my family, and my friends. I am deeply grateful – they are all the most important people in the world to me, I am so blessed to have these remarkable people in my life. Sometimes, it is important to recognize the less obvious sources that make me feel grateful. These are three small things I’m grateful for:
the way the sun comes through my dining room windows.
living in a small town close to the water.
being able to have this time to reflect and write.
So, yes I am grateful for the biggest blessings but I also don’t want forget the small ones too. I realize that to someone reading this post, it may sound strange to write about gratitude here (since this is a blog about weight loss and maintaining weight loss) but I guess the thing is anything that is difficult to do requires a lot of energy. Energy that comes from gratitude is better than energy that comes from struggle. I aspire to keep a grateful heart no matter what comes my way.
What if today was the first day of the journey? This was a strange and unexpected thought I had as I was getting ready for the day. l was thinking about all the ambition and hope that gives me the boost to take on big work. Life is so consuming, so hectic and it’s really easy to to take my health goals for granted. Ironically, taking my health goals for granted, would be a big mistake.
When life gets hard, that’s just when I need to dig in and bring my best self to the table. Eating berries and non-fat yogurt is an act of self-love precisely because it is good for me. It’s something beautiful that I am eating to make me stronger. Going to spin class is the thing that helps me to be strong for the challenges ahead. Working together, these are the actions I can take to run into the fights that life doles out.
We fail because we forget about ourselves. Weight loss, living a healthy lifestyle is becoming a practice I keep, not a means to an end. I couldn’t have had these insights without all the experiences I have had. My perspective is earned and has been shaped by my community. The people I trust and share with on Saturday mornings, and in this virtual space.
My heart is light, and I filled with gratitude and appreciation, and that helps take on the heavy burdens that we all are given. Thank you for walking this path with me, thank you for inspiring me, thank you for helping me to see beyond myself.
I’m reflecting on my progress with goal setting. Last week was to focus on mindfulness and it was an up and down kind of week. There were some successes and some failures. I’m just trying to sort it out – trying to learn. So far all I really know for sure is that maintaining weight loss can be very hard some days.
I’m feeling ok, I woke up with a headache and missed my weekly WW workshop and that’s a real bummer for me. I love going and touching base with my people. Part of being a WW member means you’ve got people, how cool is that? If you’re reading this post, you’re my people too, and I am yours – together we can think of ways to make this lifestyle thing work.
I am in week four of weekly goal setting. Here is how that’s looking:
Week 1: crash and burn setting a goal to rollover points did not work.
Week 2: huge success setting a goal to reinforce night time rituals was a big win for me.
Week 3: Fresh Start thinking (practice mindful choices) was up and down as I said earlier.
My goal this week is to get some activity each day. I feel better when I’m active. That helps me to stay focused on plan and to be successful. I went to the gym today, and walked the dog:
I hope you did something that makes you feel good today. Believe that you can do this, because you can. Keep the faith and keep it moving along.
There is no point friendly version of those mushrooms that are my featured image. They were the best stuffed- mushrooms I’ve ever made. It’s late, and I truly have that “Thanksgiving” feeling. It was a splendid holiday with the family…
I am on the road to maintenance but in the meantime, holidays and family events are going to happen. Being a part of these occasions will mean that I will be eating traditional foods that are not great options. I decided to pick and choose what I would eat. So, I didn’t have the cinnamon buns this morning because I knew I’d want dessert tonight.
I did this with the full understanding that tomorrow is not an extension of today. The holiday is over, and now I’m scheduled for 8:15 am spin and returning to all the habits that have helped me to lose the weight. I am looking forward to food shopping and my cut up vegetables and fruit. These are the staples that help me to make better choices when I’m hungry.
I am truly thankful for all the love and support people have shown me along the way. There are so many people who are both inspiring and encouraging. As I close out this post for Thanksgiving 2018, I am left with only feelings of gratitude and love. Happy Thanksgiving.
The day was busy, there was so much to do at work that I barely had time to eat. I ate most of my lunch on my ride home. It was not a “blue dot” day but it wasn’t a disaster. I had my basic breakfast (greek yogurt and fruit), and lunch (sandwich, fruit, 1/3 cup pistachios, cut up vegetables, mini baby-bell cheese, low-fat Triscuits). Dinner – two tacos, a chocolate graham cracker from Starbucks with a tall nonfat skinny latte. So, I used 29 Smartpoints (one over the limit). I really enjoyed the graham cracker, unlike yesterday’s sugar-free ice cream, it was a big ticket item at 7 points.
As far as activity goes, I have been signing up for (and canceling) spin class. I have not gone because of all the late nights. When it comes to spin or sleep, sleep has to win. However, I did sign up for tomorrow, and I really want to go. Fingers crossed I get what needs to be done tonight at a reasonable hour so that happens. There is still so much work for me to do so work is taking priority. However, this is a temporary (albeit extremely demanding) situation that will eventually come to an end.
So in the meantime, I am grateful for the latte and chocolate graham I enjoyed so much. I am grateful that I took Sadie for a walk the other day. I am even grateful for washing my face before I go to bed. These may be very simple things but they help. I am learning that even though I can’t control everything that comes my way, I can always appreciate what I have. It feels good to take this moment and think about the good because I want the good to grow.
My last words for today are I am rooting for your success on your weight loss journey. This is a day-in-day-out kind of endeavor. It’s hard to see progress sometimes, and other times you wake up and feel totally different. I am 89.2 pounds and I made this happen. You can do this too,
Successful, long-lasting weight loss is not only informed by numbers on a scale. I could not have been more strategic this week, I should definitely have lost weight. However, I’m dealing with some inflammation and that is slowing up my weight loss.
I’m very honest and diligent about tracking so this really is my week. Sunday was Jimmy’s barbeque and it was a great time and well worth all my Smartpoints. However, the rest of the week is all true as well. So you can imagine my disappointment. Had this have happened earlier in the journey I might now be here, 87.8 pounds lighter, at all. Now I know that it’s all the habits and belief I’ve put into this that is really important.
I went to spin for the first time in a few days. I’m having some health issues and I’ve been reluctant to go but today I went and I am so happy I did. Going to spin class makes me feel good in a bunch of ways. It clears my head and makes me feel stronger. It gives me some relief from my stress. It’s something I can work at and it’s just fun for me. As the class was winding down, my spin instructor, Mike yelled …
“You live a charmed life. I promise you, believe it.”
I was overwhelmed by gratitude at that moment because lately, I’ve been feeling so concerned about my situation. It’s easy to get a fixed perspective and sometimes a message will come through that makes it possible to see things differently. Mike is right, our lives are precious and being here is a gift. Find some kind of activity you love and do it because it makes this journey lighter.
It’s fantastic to lose weight and feel good about yourself. But that is almost like a side-effect of this process. I’m losing weight, but I’m really learning so much about myself. I’m beginning to think that is the real journey.
My week in numbers…
What I’m learning…
I am grateful that I lost a pound this week. However, I still maintain that the more important thing is that I’m coming closer to demystifying weight loss. I am not helpless, I’m not just “lucky” if I go down on the scale. My actions matter. Through my actions, I can control this process.
That doesn’t mean I can control the numbers on the scale – like it’s crazy to for me to say, “Next week I want to lose two pounds.” Crazy, because there are too many things outside of my control. If I drop .6 pounds, is that not a success? Of course, that’s a success! If I happen to be bloated and I don’t see results in terms of weight loss, does that mean I should give up? No that’s just ridiculous. My body runs on its own clock and the number on the scale is not part of my control. However, the things that are within the auspice of my control, food, activity, and mindset are so powerful.
We had a great meeting today. We talked about so many good topics that make this journey better:
Daily goals: set daily goals to keep yourself invested in the process.
Positive self-talk: conversations in your head influence your actions.
Gratitude: Before going to bed pick a random letter of the alphabet and list all the things you are grateful for, “B” my bedtime routine is helping me destress at the end of the day and get a better quality of sleep.
Habits: Recognizing that habits are so powerful. When we make new habits to support our weight loss goals we are changing our lives. Also recognizing that our old habits (that supported weight gain) still exist and knowing we can decide which one to grow.
Beliefs: Getting rid of clothes that are too big for us. When we get rid of those clothes, we are making a statement that weight loss is permanent.
There is no one else like you and so you are a gift to all of us. Whatever you are doing to better your life, I say, “Go you!” You are making choices to help yourself be the best version of yourself. Keep going. Some days on the journey will be difficult. It may help to know on those difficult days, you may learning the most about who you are and what you need. Every time you overcome something you are growing wiser. When you decide to open yourself up to this process, you are waking yourself up to your own potential. Keep going.
AY 20: Positive self-talk is a very important part of this journey. Speak to yourself as you would a loved one. You would not reprimand the person for gaining weight one week or not tracking the weekend. Concentrate on complimenting yourself today.
I am happy to say that the habits I’ve developed over these past 353 days have helped me to avoid these kinds of slip-ups. Yes, I have gained some weeks but that’s just the body – I can’t control that and I’m ok with it. I’ve said it before, my body doesn’t know it has to perform because it’s Saturday morning at 8:15 am. I can compliment my perseverance. Even though these past days have been extremely challenging I have not given up. I’m proud of myself for sticking it out even though it’s hard. More tomorrow.