Brisk…

Busy, busy, busy. Today moved along at a brisk pace. A lot of things came together and jived from morning till now:

  • I made spin class at 5:15 am. There were three people there waiting to get in – isn’t that amazing? So many people are so dedicated to their health goals. This is very inspiring to me.
  • Work moved along well and I felt productive and good about what I was able to complete.
  • Dinner went over well, 9sp chicken with pasta and tomatoes. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. Plus, I am in the Blue Dot zone, that always feels good.

I am doing some great work keeping my goals in the forefront. I am working out, tracking, eating mindfully. I am prepping my foods and trying some new recipes. These are all choices I am making to help myself. What have you been doing for yourself lately?

In case you’re wondering about my featured image… it is Brooklyn, New York. At the end of the month, I’ll be going to school there for training. I’m nervous about it because it’s something I’ve never done before. I am working on a plan for how to handle it. Right now, I just feel a little queasy about the whole thing. Anyway – Brooklyn, I’ll see you soon.

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.

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.

Self-Care…

Self-care means sitting on my loveseat and writing this post. It means spending some time with my kids and just talking. Self-care is part of my journey because it is kindness turned inward. Do you believe in self-care? What are you doing to take care of YOU?

I weighed and measured all my foods for dinner. I have used a total of 23 sp today and I feel pretty good. My only regret was that I had to cancel my spin reservation for 5:15 am. Working late really impacts my ability to go. I’m not giving up. I’m going to try for Thursday.

I’m so grateful I’m learning how to maintain my weight loss. I feel so much better physically and I am more confident. Weight loss hasn’t solved all my problems, but it has helped me to feel better about myself. Better, because this was something I wanted to change and I did. Thank you for taking time to read my little blog. I appreciate your support.

Energize…

Sipping on some water out of my brand new water bottle (more Christmas loot) I am feeling really good. The sun is shining and the skies are blue. It’s New Year’s Day and I am full of optimism.

3 sp for each pancake &

I began my day with pancakes. It is very comforting to know that I can eat pancakes on WW and still lose weight. It would be pretty sad for me if pancakes were off the menu.

Yes, I do have to lose some weight even though I’m at Lifetime. I need to stay within a two-pound range of my goal weight if I’m going to continue to sit in a free seat. There are a few ways I can think about my current situation.

  1. Old habits can be subtle and creep back in without realizing.
  2. If I’m going to maintain my weight loss I will have to defend it.
  3. Sometimes I will make bad choices.
  4. Sometimes my resolve will win out.
  5. My new habits are very powerful and I can decide what happens.

All of these statements describe me and what I’m going through every day. If weight loss was easy, obesity wouldn’t be an epidemic. It is an epidemic because according to a 2017 report published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 70. 7% of Americans are either overweight or obese. This means being a healthy weight is now the minority.

Losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle is really difficult. Difficult because it’s so easy to make unhealthy food choices everywhere I go. It can be tiresome to be so aware of food. That’s one way to look at it. On the other hand, losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle is liberating. Liberating because it can be done. I’m living proof it can be done. I lost so much weight and I am now in a healthy weight zone.

Do you want to get at the heart of the matter? I’ve been reading a new book, Fierce Conversations and when I think about weight loss these are the questions that come to mind:

  1. What is keeping you from achieving your weight loss goals? Write it down in one or two sentences.
  2. What will happen to you if you don’t achieve your weight loss goals? Write down what is at stake for your future if you give up on this goal.
  3. Answer the: How? When? Why? Where? weight gain started happening. Summarize this background information.
  4. What have you tried so far? Either successful or unsuccessful. Write it down. Now you are ready to make a strategy for how to keep going.

Discussing weight loss is a tough thing to take on because it’s so personal. However, I look at it like this – I can always be honest with myself. I think the most important thing is to just think deeply about my current situation. In the book, it’s called “interrogating reality” and I sort of love that expression. I love it because it gives me permission to think objectively and critically about something I’m sensitive about – my weight.

I really hope this post helps you if you are looking for help that is. If you are in a good place, “Go you!” I mean it since this is a hard thing to do, if it’s going good then go with that.