Sometimes I like to just sit with a really beautiful magazine. I like the feel of the glossy pages under my fingertips. The exquisite detail found in the close up photographs intrigue me. The artful fonts that invite me into its pages and I am hooked. This is especially true when it’s a topic I am really interested in. Time magazine’s 100 Healthiest Food to Satisfy Hunger does not disappoint.
Learning more about what foods are the best is another way to build up my maintenance skills. When you know better, you do better…
Just remember it’s never too late to try again. Never too too late to make a different choice. It’s never too late to be kind. Every decision is an opportunity that can lead to a better outcome. Even if things are difficult right now, it doesn’t mean there isn’t still a chance to turn things around. It’s never too late to be extraordinary.
You are worth all the effort maintaining weight loss takes. It is ok to take time to plan, to weigh and measure foods, to focus on you and what is important to you. The stronger you are, the better you can take care of yourself and everyone else that relies on you.
In times of stress and worry it’s easy to put your needs on the back burner. Try not to do that, because you are important too. Treat yourself as you would someone who you really love. Self-love is not selfish – it is kindness turned inward. You can do this and just remember how remarkable you are.
This note is for me, and you. Weight loss is a difficult thing, maintaining it is also difficult, so remember that if you get down on yourself. You are doing something difficult but it’s something you are doing just for yourself.
Under an onyx sky the wind is a prankster swirling around the house restless and full of errant energy. It jostles the wind chimes that hang from the eves of the garage. Undulating clanging that is sometimes loud kicking up a big fuss and then muted and remote as they falls quiet. My mind whispers back, “I hope I never forget to appreciate the mystery of the world.”
Noticing the beauty in the everyday is a surprise gift I have rediscovered on my weight loss journey. The more I look for beauty in the world, the more I find it. Finding beauty helps in so many ways because it fills me up and gives me strength to keep going. The more I find it in the world the more I find it within myself. There is no other person like me, or you. That has value and worth and that is something important to remember.
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.
This hasn’t happened in a long time but I have misgivings about my resolve. I feel like I could just let go of all the healthy habits I have worked so hard to set and just forget about tracking, weighing, and measuring my food. I feel like I want to be released from the energy demands it takes to live this healthier lifestyle. It would be great to just eat a pack of M&M peanuts and not think about it. Now, I’m not going to do that, and it’s upsetting that the thought is crossing my mind. It feels weak and out of control to have these thoughts. That’s the truth.
What can I do? I can do the work. I can examine my feelings and make a better choice. Sometimes, I turn food in times of stress. I look for comfort in food and that just sucks. Yes, right now, I’m having a hard time. However, it hasn’t been hard ALL day. This is recent, I’ve only felt this way since I got home from work. When I got home, I was truly hungry (internal) so I ate a 2 SP snack (28 grams Boars Head Turkey Pepperoni and 1 Baby Bell Light Cheese) and that helped. I am slowly learning how to make more thoughtful informed choices. It just takes time.
I can do this and so can you. Together, we can get through these momentary misgivings – just keep at it!
Every day is not going to be good. When I was losing the bulk of my weight I had many days in a row that were, on point. Now that I’m maintaining some days are good to go while others I just go rouge. Lately I feel like I’m pulling from one extreme to another.
It doesn’t help that I’m worried about some things in my life. But that’s life. That’s the way it goes sometimes. I am going to keep doing my best, remembering that my best is pretty damn good. I bet yours is too. I am going to keep at this – living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining my weight loss and it helps me to know that there are others like me who are doing the same thing.
Tonight, this feels hard to do but tomorrow it will probably feel easier.
Loraine had an aha moment of clarity about how to change up her snacking!
Pam hit a mile stone and lost 25 pounds!
Jackie measured out her wine and realized that it was more than a serving and is now drinking it out of a smaller wine glass!
Angela hit goal
Rich is making huge progress as he is training for a half challenge at Walt Disney World January 2020. He walked 15 miles before our meeting!
Look at what people can do when they have a growth mindset. A growth mindset means that we come into a process looking for challenges, knowing that there will be some hard work ahead. In taking this stance you begin to look at failures as a chance to grow rather than a label to define. What a hopeful way to view our lives, and what a great group of people to spend my Saturday mornings with, people who are out there meeting the struggle for a healthy lifestyle and who are digging in and doing the work to make it a reality. They are the kinds of people I want to be with and I am so grateful.
New Week, New Goal
We had a thoughtful conversation about why we get stuck along the way. Our take was that it was a combination of over doing it with the zero point foods combined with the indulgences. The indulgences are the snacks, wine, and other higher point value foods. For me, I do not over indulge with my zero point foods because I weigh, track, and measure.
I think I need to mix it up when it comes to indulgences. I want to make a list and try to be strategic. This is what I’m thinking, list all the foods I want to eat, and drink that have points, and then mix and match as this week goes. For example, 5 ounces of wine with grapes one day. Peanut butter and celery another day. Pistachios and blueberries and pomegranate seeds another day. When I eat these things eat them very mindfully and in a pleasant setting. I’ll put my list up on my Tips & Tools page if you’re interested in checking it out.
So I maintained my weight loss and am still sitting in my “free seat” that is an amazing feeling coming into a new season. I hope you are happy wherever you are in this journey. Keep positive and be reflective it helps.
I do love it when someone or something inspires me. I see a building, or listen to a piece of music, or am drawn in by a story, or get lost in a photograph and I feel so full of life. It is as though a light flutter comes over me, I feel lighter and more awake. I feel productive and ready to create something. This is what inspiration feels like for me.
It’s true, inspiration is da bomb. However, sometimes, I have to show up and do the work before inspiration slips in like the life of the party. Doing the work means: all the planning, the preparing, the commitment to my weekly goals, going to WW meetings, taking time to be mindful, and finding activity that I enjoy doing.
So, if you’re not feeling it yet (I get it) don’t be discouraged. It takes time to change your lifestyle. Inspiration will catch up to you; so, keep at this. Ok? I will too because I find the more I put into this process the more inspired I become.