Day Three Hundred Seventy-Five…

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)!

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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.

 

Day Three Hundred Sixty-Eight…

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.

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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.

 

Day Three Hundred Sixty-Three…

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.

 

Day Three Hundred Fifty-Six…

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.

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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.

#SelfLoveChallenge:

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!

Day Three Hundred Fifty-Three…

The day before weigh-in is here and I’m pretty sure I will go up on the scale tomorrow.  This was a challenging week because I felt the pull of old habits,

  •  wanting to turn to food after having stressful encounters.
  •  strong food cravings for ice cream, and pizza.
  •  picking at foods and thinking about not tracking.

Any of these could have triggered for old habits. That is why it is important that I take some time for reflection and self-care. It all comes down to food, activity, and feelings.

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Food: I exceeded my weekly points balance. I was craving sugar for most of this week. I think it’s because I overindulged at my nephew’s party. I ate sugary foods and that’s not typical for me anymore. Over the course of the week, I ate two and a quarter of those delicious scones. At the party, I ate a quarter of one, then I ate a whole one on Monday, and the last one, Tuesday. Also, during the party, I ate two small pieces of cake. Then I had a slice (2 ounces) of cake last night for my husband’s birthday.  I did track it all, so that’s how I know I’m over my weekly allotment of extra points.

Activity: I went to spin class two days this week: Sunday and Thursday.  The classes were really good and I am feeling much stronger. I also did yoga two times, Monday, and Friday. Yoga is very good for me because it is making me feel more flexible, strong, and balanced. I love that I enjoy doing these activities and that doing them, is becoming part of my self-identity. I am also enjoying the Polar Heart Monitor I got for my birthday. It is a tool that is helping me to work way more efficiently and it gives me great insight for training while making me more self-aware.

Feelings: Right now, I feel really empowered. I saw the potential to fall back into old habits before it actually happened. I saw it coming and went in a different direction.  I elected not to turn to food when feeling stressed. That’s a big deal. I tracked, weighed and measured all the foods I ate. There was not unconscious eating, I tracked even when I didn’t want to face it. That’s a big deal too. I disrupted my habit loop. So, even if I go up on the scale tomorrow, I learned something vital. I am in control of me.

There is no mystery or superstition at play here. There are only my choices.  My choices that are rooted in my “why”. I am doing all of this so I can feel good about myself physically and mentally. I want to grow wiser about who I really am living an energetic lifestyle. It is very important to me that I enter this next phase of my life with a sense of grace and gratitude for the body that got me here.  Thank you for listening to my story. I encourage you to write yours as well because it really does help. Wishing you joy on the journey.

#SelfLoveChallenge

DAY 23: Revisit (and do) an activity that you loved as a child, whether it is finger painting, playing a sport or a video game, Rollerblading, or twirling.

Hands down, it’s riding my bicycle.  I’m going for a bike ride at some point today!

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