Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day 414

So I have been in a rut, and part of it was caused by the tough love comment I got on my last post here. (I just published it, so you'll have to go back to the last blog entry to see it). I don't know this person, and I do appreciate her taking the time to comment. And I'm not sure she's saying anything that I don't need to hear, but instead of embracing the challenge, I get defensive and then depressed when I get comments like that. So it started/contributed to the funk I'm in, but it does give me food for thought and certainly has been on my mind for the last few weeks.

I'm tired of this - which is just too bad. I'm tired of always always always having to debate over what I put in my mouth. I just want to not have to think, and just enjoy what I want to. I know that's impossible, I really do know that. It's just hard, and constant constant constant... I know, I know, I'm whining. I need to keep telling myself that Rome wasn't built in a day, and last year I accomplished the goal of losing 50 pounds and keeping it off for the year. So, maybe this year that should be my goal again - another 50 pounds and keeping it all off til this time next year.

I have made two tiny changes this week - I've been bringing in clementines for snacks at work, and I bought a veggie tray for munching on at dinnertime. It's true what they say - if the veggies are there, you'll be more likely to eat them - not only have I been eating them, but my daughter has too (my son is being a food curmudgeon)...

I don't know - anyone have any suggestions for inspiring initiative?


  1. Hmm. Well, I read an article today about health and weight loss, and the best way to do it is to set positive health-goals rather than saying you want to lose weight. I mean, I'm sure any weight you really need to lose will still come off even if you don't focus on it. If you're constantly telling yourself you need to lose weight and you want to lose weight, you're focusing on the weight, and you won't be as happy with the process. I'm all about setting action-based goals. You can't really control how quickly the weight comes off your body, but you can set a goal to eat more veggies, drink more water, take more steps during the day, etc. When you define success in that way, you reach your goals more frequently and enjoy the process more. I noticed that when you were preparing to walk your 5K last year, you seemed very happy about the whole process, and I know that I am that way, too.

    I also had a friend who got to her goal weight by looking at herself in the mirror every morning, finding one thing she liked to compliment herself on, and then telling herself that she already weighed that much. It can't hurt, and I'm all for using the placebo effect to your advantage!

  2. Spa Day time! Whenever I need inspiration or motivation I head to a workshop or seminar or Kripalu! Maybe you should take a RR at Kripalu? Yummy vegetarian food, sauna and whirlpool, yoga, Sunroom, bookshop!!!

  3. Hmmm. I think the comment was mine on this date, right?

    Anyway, my suggestions there still apply for initiative. Become accountable to a group or a person or a couple people or on this blog. But accountable means accountable: no skipping weigh-ins, no ignoring whatever accountability structure you set up. It could be as easy as getting a trusted person who will be honest and "kick ya in the butt" and send them weekly weigh-in and let them see your food journal on weeks you don't lose to see where you messed up and why.

    That can help. I find having to 'report' makes me think twice about the call of tempting foods.

    Don't get in a funk. Don't get depressed. It's hard. It's gonna be hard. But you CAN DO IT, right? :D Believe that.

    Believe that you got help from pros for a good reason. God put them in your path. Don't waste the gift that has been put in your hands. Use it and blossom.

    People who get on a lifestyle change and lose and maintain--they are a small percentage, but we must believe we can be one of them, we must--have to learn daily discipline. It's like becoming a master at judo or a great sculptor. Discipline and dedication. Every day. It's part of your job as a warrior against your unhealthy habits and fat. But you can be this warrior. You really can!

    I need encouragmeent. I need kicks in the butt. I got a little group to help. I got a dietitian I go to now monthly.

    Get your accountability circle. Get your buddy. Get your blog posts in and tellt he truth. Connect with Roizen and your nutritionist and be honest and ask for help when you need it.

    Buck up. Be strong. Be a fighter.

    After a year or three, these things will become more habituated and you will not have to think about it every second. Maybe just a scan and plan in the morning and assessment at night.

    50 pounds in one year is a great goal. You can do better (you can lose 1.5 to 2.5 pounds a week given your size). But 50 is great. Aim for it. Do it. Achieve it. You have backers. Go for it.

    Come on. Win this fight! Let's both win it!

  4. Well, it's been 3 weeks with no new blog entry. The year is passing fast. We're already almost done with a 1/6th of it. Spring will be here soon. Are you going to get serious and make this the year you get healthy and change your body?

    I hope so. Come on. Get cracking. Maybe you have been cracking and are on teh ball..if so, update. If not, be accountable and start again. Come on!