There is no doubt that we are living in a stressful world. There is always plenty of bad news, hurt feelings, and depressing images. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed at each flip of a page, turn of a channel, or click on a screen because we are innodated with constant unyielding information. Know what I mean?
It turns out, the antidote to this crazed harried existence, we all seem to be living, is within the auspice of our own control. Practicing mindfulness is where it’s at. When I started to read a little more about this practice I realized that I have stumbled onto these practices in my effort to get to goal.
The following list names the markers of practicing mindfulness and how they were revealed through my weight loss journey.
- Kindness counts: If it’s true that you write your own story in this life. The narrator of that story needs to have a kind voice. My daily reflections for my progress, throughout my weight loss journey is colored by kindness.
- Drop the judgment: Acknowledge and accept things for what they are. I was talking to a friend just tonight about how it’s exhausting to think about people who zap your energy. I feel as though I’m surrendering my energy and to what end? The judgment doesn’t change a thing, it just lets negativity linger.
- Practicing patience: I’ve had to learn how to wait. There were points in this journey where I’ve felt totally transformed on the inside but it wasn’t showing on the outside. Those were challenging times and I totally understand why so many people give up on the way to goal. Being patience conserves personal power because there is a belief that things will change eventually.
- Beginning with a beginner’s mind: I kept that honeymoon phase of #WW going throughout the journey. It is toxic to assume a point of view that there is nothing new to learn. I opened myself up to the possibility of doing things differently this time around.
- It’s a matter of trust: I believe in me. I have learned to trust my own personal wisdom. There is no magic book, or program, or pill there is only me and I am enough.
- Non-striving: I have always been driven by goals. Getting through graduate school, getting a job, buying a house… It turns out it’s very different when it comes to weight loss. Sometimes being driven by a purpose is not so helpful. If it’s all about the “goal” itself, I would have missed all the good stuff that was happening at the moment.
- Acceptance, the ultimate reality check: once I learned to accept wherever I was on the road to getting to goal I was able to be more responsive to what I needed in order to be successful. There were and are lots of challenges, for example being tempted by candy. I love candy and I accept that fact. I can eat it but then I have to track it. To my way of thinking, this is a form of acceptance.
- Get ready, get set, let go: Being at peace with myself and not fighting the process is life changing. I now understand that things will unfold as they are meant to and in doing so I have made room for change.
I share these thoughts because I want to help others achieve their goals. I do believe that we all have the power to transform ourselves. However, there is not one right path, it’s understanding your path because you are the path.
Professional learning and election day go hand-in-hand when you are a teacher. Today, I facilitated training for our district’s Teacher’s Assistants. It was a full house! It is very gratifying to work so hard and be rewarded with the collective wisdom and compassion of dedicated others. Our support staff is an amazing group of caring people who really want to get it right.
One of the topics I presented today was about empathy…
I guess I bring this up here because I really do understand the struggles and the joys that come with a weight loss journey I can tell you every time a member at one of my #WW workshop sessions shares a success I feel real happiness. When a member shares that times are rough, I can connect with those darker feelings too. It just helps knowing I don’t have to do this all by myself. Neither do you. Some days are more difficult than others but you don’t have to go it alone. We can help each other along the way. Let’s do this! We are stronger together. Make tomorrow a great day.
I am .4 pounds away from goal!
I am so close. During the workshop, many members shared how our time and support system is what is helping them to stay on track. I completely agree. This is a challenge but it can be done.
The other day a colleague told me that when she saw me in the hallway she didn’t recognize me. She looked at me with astonishment because I have been so transformed. In many ways I am different but on the other hand, in some important ways, I’m exactly the same. I had a piece of lemon pound cake after lunch today, and I immediately wanted another slice. I actually stood with my hand on the refrigerator and told myself, “No. No more, you’re done. You already know what it tastes like, and you don’t need anymore.” This worked today. I walked away from the refrigerator.
So even after all these weeks of care and attention, I am still vulnerable to overeating. It’s ok because knowing that about myself actually helps me. Honest reflection makes this possible. I am in this for life and I am grateful that I am learning more about myself.
I began the day at spin class and spent the rest of it working.
I went to the library and worked for hours. When I came home, I wanted to do something before making dinner. So I took Sadie for a walk. She loved it…
For dinner, we made Birdballs homemade tomato sauce and pasta. I had two slices of bread, it was really delicious ciabatta bread from my favorite bakery. Well worth the extra points. Also, the birdballs are very satisfying and are a nice change. I’m glad I took the time to make and enjoy dinner. It helps.
Anyway, that’s it for today. Tomorrow will be challenging because I did not get to go food shopping (too busy working). So, I’ll have to get up a little earlier to make a plan. Making a plan is the thing that keeps me on plan.
It was raining heavily when I left my house at 4:50 am to go to spin class. Even though it was hard to leave the house on a dark and stormy morning, it was worth it. Looking back on today, it feels great knowing I took that time for myself. I had a lot of energy, I wasn’t so hungry as I’ve been over the past three days, and I got to be around positive like minded people. Activity helps on a lot of different levels. I feel accomplished because I could complete the workout. Now that I use a heart monitor, I challenge myself to control my recovery time and I can see that I’m getting better at that. I enjoy my instructors and it’s just a fun thing to do.
I don’t know if tomorrow, Day Three Hundred Eighty-Eight, will be the day that I reach goal. I don’t even want to jinx myself since it was a rough week. I am ending with a balance of -14 SmartPoints. Five out of seven days were “blue dot” days so that’s pretty good. The important thing is that I tracked, weighed, and measured my foods. I found some resilience when I really needed it yesterday, and I made my goal of working out this morning. These are all good examples of NSV’s. This is what WW is all about and if you’re really ready to dedicate some time to weight loss and wellness you should join us.
Either way, I’ll let you know tomorrow. Wish me luck.
I didn’t make my goal of rolling over four points. I had pizza for dinner and went over. Then I had a low-fat ice-cream cone and went over even more.
I know I am the kind of person who will always have to be vigilant about watching my weight. I was really disappointed about tracking the pizza, and then the cone tonight. It was upsetting to see the number go up on my app and that’s the truth. I believe tracking is a very important habit to cultivate. s what helps me to make my next move. Tomorrow will be a better day.
This post was from yesterday…
Tomorrow is weigh-in day and I am reflecting on my week. I have taken action to keep going, even though it’s been difficult for me lately. I went to spin two times, I packed my lunch and breakfast, I tracked everything, I weighed and measured everything, I practiced mindful eating (especially when I waited too long to eat) so I didn’t just wolf down my food I tried to really show my appreciation for having food to eat. I helped a friend who was struggling by going through a hard time on her weight loss journey (I went through the three steps for taking a strategic stance for weight loss and they worked Day 374)!
So… if my results do not show up in numbers this week how will I feel? I have decided this stall before goal is like a test. How much do I want to get to goal? I really want to get there, as much as I have since the beginning. Once in a while, I will also really want to eat two scoops of gelato, I can have both – the gelato and goal I just have to understand my choices at the moment. There will be times when health issues may interfere with weight loss, that’s life. There will be weeks like I had this one that will be extraordinarily stressful, that’s life too. This is not easy, and that’s why a lot of people give up.
I’m not going to give up, and maybe I’m thinking about goal as a destination when it’s really the path. In some ways, I’m already there because my goal was to change my lifestyle I’ve definitely done that I live my life completely differently when it comes to food. Even though I (really really) want to see a particular number on the scale, the number itself is really secondary. I’ll let you know.
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 late so this will be a short post. Tomorrow is a big day for me and all the other teachers in my district. I’m presenting to my department all morning, and I’m sure I have a bunch of meetings to fill up my afternoon. I plan on packing a good lunch and lots of water. I wish I already had that done but it didn’t work out that way, so I’ll just do it first thing in the morning.
Right now, this is the best I can do and I’m proud of my efforts. I’m keeping “my why” close, and I’m working the program so it works for me. There are so many things in life that can derail us aren’t there? Here’s to keeping good habits going and reflecting every day.
I was busy all day, didn’t think about food once. Until I was starving! Totally internal hunger. Here are the signs It had been hours since I last ate. I would’ve been happy with any food. I had a bit of a headache. That hasn’t happened in a while, so now that things are ramping up with work I’m going to have to be vigilant with packing food to grab and go if I need it.
I notice that the people who are the most successful are those who plan ahead. They food shop with a plan. The store food very intentionally, like writing out the Smartpoints values on servings, and having cut up foods on hand. Planning is just another way to be strategic
I think it might be time to clean out my refrigerator and consider preparing menus for myself. That may be a nice way to support my efforts. I am so close to goal I might even get there in September. I realize that there is not going to be some monumental shift in my reality when I finally reach “GOAL”! However, I will have the satisfaction of achieving something I desperately wanted for a long time. I can say, I did it and that’s a big deal to me.
DAY 25: Seek out alone time—read a book or practice yoga or meditation.
Alone time is important, it allows for quiet focus in an extremely busy world. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why blogging is so meaningful to me. Writing gives permission to reflect on how it’s going, I can think through my choices, and set goals for the future. So, say yes to seeking out alone time because it helps with the journey!