I have had so many friends comment or message me “I sure wish I had your motivation.”  Such a funny thing to say because you can’t have my motivation.  I need it!  But I thought maybe, I could give you some of your own.

First, let me say that I don’t feel like I got this weight-loss thing all figured out.  I haven’t even reached my goal weight yet.  I feel confident that I will and that I can maintain it when I do.  But I sure haven’t mastered it!

Last year this time, my knees were killing me.  Absolutely killing me.  For a few weeks, I was scooting up and down the steps. . .very inconvenient when chasing a 2 year old.  I got to thinking. . .how are my knees going to be 10 years from now?  20 years from now? 30 years from now?

That’s when I decided I had to do SOMETHING.  I had been thinking that I wasn’t really in ‘the place’ mentally where I could commit to a healthy diet and exercise.  I would just have to wait until my brain got there and THEN I would start.  Wrong, wrong, wrong!

 

Here are somethings to think about:

1)  You are NEVER going to be any younger than you are right now.  In that regards, it’s never going to be easier for you than it is right now. There are probably situations where this isn’t true. . mostly thinking about those fighting illnesses, but you see my point.

2.)  Your life isn’t going to slow down.  I always thought when summer comes I won’t be so busy.  When Chelsea starts school.  When Owen starts school.  On and on and on . . .but time is like money.  You spend what you have.  If suddenly your schedule clears up, you will fill it with something.  Promise.

3.)  Any effort is better than no effort.  So maybe you aren’t mentally ready to commit to a full on counting calories and weighing out your food and logging your steps.  Fine.  Cut back on the number of times you eat out.  Start substituting a low cal beverage (water!) for your half your soda intake.  Start thinking of your dinner plate in terms of zones ( 1/2 veggies 1/4 protein 1/4 starch).  I’m willing to say that one of those changes will probably impact your weight.  Perhaps seeing some results will get your brain in the right mental place!

5) Money money money.  I also thought that paying for a weight loss program was wasteful.  Investing in a healthy, longer life is not wasteful.  That being said, money is an issue.  If you can’t afford to pay for (or just don’t want to!), there are some really excellent programs that are absolutely FREE.   Google it.   Personally, the WW plans suits me.  It lets me splurge on my terms which makes me feel successful even when I hit a drive-thru.  Nice thing about WW is that once you hit your goal weight and maintain, the meetings and online tools are FREE.  I’ve come to accept that I will pay for WW as long as I need it (which will probably be my whole life).  I’m worth $20-$40 a month.

6.)  Another little roadblock for me. . I was happy overweight.  I mean, I had a great husband and beautiful kids.  Apart from the scooting myself up and down the steps,  my weight didn’t really hold me back too much.  Wrong.   I didn’t realize how my confidence was lowered carrying around the extra weight.  So sure, you might be happy . . .you could be happier 🙂

7.)  The next time you throw a roadblock in your way take a good look at it and ask yourself if it’s valid.  Look for ways around or under or over.   What you end up with might not be ideal or even perfect, but anything is better than nothing.  My biggest one is eating away from home.  I get it in my head that if I can’t count points exactly then I may as well not count them at all.  I have to make the best decisions with what I got!

I also pulled the. .”I’ll start Monday” . . .”I’ll start Janaury 1″. . .”I’ll start next grocery day” . .”I can’t start now because I have (insert fun eating opportunity) coming up”. Why wait? There are two days between today and Monday that you could be working towards your goal. There are 3 weeks betweens now and January 1! Do your best with the groceries you got, but start NOW. And that fun eating opportunity. . .those are going to pop up every where all year long! Are you going to take every chance you get to overeat and indulge? Why not start learning how to balance those days right now?

8.) And the final straw. . .If I’m eating healthy, so is my family.  Sure my husband could stuff himself silly (and sometimes he does), but now he’s stuffing himself silly with healthy food.  My kids are still super picky but I have a whole new unappreciation for fastfood.  I notice more when we sit around and do nothing.

Okay so now think about those things and when you are ready to start. . . . .

1.) Take a picture.  You don’t have to get in your underwear Biggest Loser style. I really wish I would have done this instead of having to search for a picture to use for comparison.

2.) Take your measurements.  Another thing that I didn’t do.  I don’t know that it would help me stick to it, but it would be nice to have more numbers to compare than just the scales.

3.) Let people know what you are up to.  I imagine I get quite a few eyerolls from my facebook friends.  I never shut up about it.  I’m posting stuff about my buttons or healthy recipes or my goals or exercising.  But now I’m accountable.  There was a few weeks when the scales.did.not.move and while I was frustrated, I also wanted to have something to share with my facebook supporters. So it does play a big role it sticking to it or coming back to your plan after a little detour.

4.)  Start a project (button bag, perhaps?) because I am in looooooooove with mine.

Hopefully that wasn’t too know-it-all, because I sure don’t.  These are the things I tell myself to keep myself on track. . .or get back on track. . whatever the case may be.

One last thing. 

If getting healthy or being thin is your goal. . . .there is no telling how long it will take or how many times you’ll go off track. . .but if you don’t try, you can be guaranteed that you will never reach it. 

Take care of yourself! 

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Dear Brain

10/17/2011

Dear Brain,

First let me say that I really appreciate how organized you are with meal planning and making a grocery list.  It makes eating healthy so much easier when I know exactly what I’m having for dinner tonight.  Plus, having all the ingredients on hand prevents a ‘quick trip to the store’  which always includes some unhealthy extras.

We need to talk about these unhealthy extras.  You know that if there is a bag of chips in the cupboard or peanut butter cups in the freezer, there is no way I will pick a nice baked snack or an apple. 

We both know that it’s okay to include those things in the grocery cart on occassion.  Sure there are healthy substitutions for everything, but every now and then it’s nice to have the full fat, full sugar version that we’ve grown to love and have literally GROWN from loving.

You’ve had several weeks of indulging me and now it’s time to buckle down.  The next time we are in the store and I reach for some oreos, just remind me that sugar free pudding is a few aisles over and oh so good.

Feel free to remind me that the healthy versions will consume most of my points and leave me unsatisfied.  I’ll be left standing in the fridge with a rumbly stomach and no points.  My only options will be to stay hungry until the morning (we both know that won’t happen) or to go off plan (that’s more like me) and then I will just chuck the whole week.

It’s just no worth it.  It’s much to hard to resist those things when they are in the house day after day after day! 

Let’s just stick to the list.  Pack it with our favorite veggies and fresh fruit. . .hunt down some new whole grain treats. . sneak in some lean dairy that I loathe. . it will be better for both of us this way. 

I know you like a challenge.  You like switching things up.  So instead of using those unhealthy options to stimulate, let’s look for some new recipes to try.   Even better, let’s think of a food we’ve never tried and add it to the list.

Much love, me

 

August

08/03/2011

August already?  It’s hard to believe we are almost 3/4 of the way through the year.  Autumn will be here before we know it.  I am really looking forward to cool air and the leaves changing.  Not to mention that this year BOTH of my kids will be in school!  I’ll have plenty of free mornings to get my walk in.  I’m not even going to think about what comes after fall. . .long walks in my living room with Leslie Sansone DVDS.

July was a coasting month for me.  If I wasn’t working, I was traveling.  If I wasn’t working or traveling, I was packing or unpacking.  It was just not a good month for meal planning, healthy eating, or exercising.  That being said, I didn’t lose or gain any weight. 

Lately I’ve been thinking about just making this blog about whatever, instead of just weight loss.  Things I enjoy talking about (and sharing!).  Recipes and sale shopping and kids and autism and pop culture and ‘finds’.   I think it would help me write every day.  I feel like a broken when talking about weight loss.   Either I’m knocking it out of the park or I’m struggling.  How many times can I write that??  And how many times can you read about it?

 

My first big gain!

07/13/2011

The best thing I can say about the gain is that I knew it was coming.  It would be much harder to deal with if I worked hard all week and it didn’t work.  I worked crazy hours last week and spent the weekend away from home.  I did have a ‘plan’ to deal with eating fast food all weekend. 

The first booboo was not saving my extra points for the weekend.  Weight Watchers is designed to allow you to have those heavy eating weekends.  You just have to save those weekly points. . .which I did NOT!

The second stumble was Starbucks.  We don’t have one at home.  Our first stop on our weekend away was Starbucks.  I didn’t even notice the ‘skinny’ menu items until after I ordered my coconut mocha frappuccino (which was heaven  in a cup!).  And after I decided to forge ahead with the drink,  I added on a piece of blueberry crumb cake (also delicious!).  That set the tone for the weekend.

On the positive note,  I did squeeze in a 30 minute walk both days we were away. 

All I can hope is that my body responds enthusiastically to being back on the program.  Perhaps, the pounds will melt off pretty fast and I can find myself back on track.

That being said, we are going away AGAIN!   And I’m also working crazy hours to compensate for the time off.   I really do not want to repeat last week.   I did some investigation work to find out what restaurants are going to be nearby.  I calculated points for things I’d like at those restaurants.  Plus the hotel has a pool and a fitness room.  I definitely have the tools I need to stay on track. 

The real challenge is eating well and exercising on the non-travel days.  One day down, 6 more to go!

 

I really don’t feel like blogging right now but I think it’s only fair to post in my lows as well as my highs. Even the most optimistic person is going to have both. So here it is!

I don’t even know if I would call it a low. . but just a lull. I feel like I’m just going through the motions and it’s reflecting on the scale. I’m bored journaling my food. I’m bored taking a 30 minute walk. I’m frustrated with my new work schedule.

I figured I had two options. To push through and force myself to keep going through the motions. Or take a break from counting points and taking my walk. I think pushing through would have led to an uncontrolled breakdown. At least a scheduled break is controlled.

I decided to have a look at my current hurdles and decide how to jump them.

COUNTING POINTS – As I said, I’ve just been going through the motions. Meaning, I’m just staying in my points. It doesn’t work that way! I need to be eating ‘filling foods’. I need to be planning my meals and hitting more spots on the healthy eating guide. (lean dairy, veggies, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins). I need to be drinking more water. I’ve been eating fastfood which takes way too many points and is not filling! Then I am forced to go over my points to feel full. I know when I’m really working the plan I see results. All of my big losses have been a result of really doing the plan.

EXERCISE – There are so many other options to exercising. I can go to the gym, I can go to Zumba, I can go to the bike trail or school track. I just need to get over my fat girl fears and go. Yes, I am still obese. . .but I’m smaller than I was and in better shape than I was. I just need to get out there and try new things.

NEW WORK SCHEDULE – The hours are actually great. It works so well for my family and even gives me more time to exercise. However I end up eating two meals away from home. I need to work out a better meal plan to keep me full when working late. I know it can be done with some effort.

I will say that it feels good to not want to give up. It feels good to be patient with myself and realize that a week off the plan doesn’t mean defeat.

Hopefully, I’ll have some positive posts over the next few weeks!

The weekend is just about over.    Are you feeling triumphant?  Or like you are fighting a losing battle?   I wanted to make a point to post today.  I’m in a weird little slump.  I’m no where near defeated but I have had 3 ho-hum days.  . and honestly one of them was downright BLAH!  I will spare you the yummy details. . . .I’m sure you have cravings all your own without getting a mental picture of mine!

So what good can I take from it?  Well,  I had some of my favorites.  I don’t feel like I overly indulged in any of them which is good.   I just didn’t keep track of points. . which almost makes me feel like the week is a wash.  How can I tell how many ‘bonus’ points I have left?!?  My solution is to assume that I ate all those bonus points and just do my daily allowance.

What can I say?  One night, a dinner date with my husband and no kids?   Another night, dinner with my parents at one of my favorite restaurants?  These weekends are gonna happen, folks!

The nice thing about having several of my favorites is that I don’t have a craving for them.  I’m sure they will creep back in . .but for now the nice healthier fare is calling me! 

Now I have three days before my weigh-in and I intend to diligently keep track of my points.  Plus I need to get in some exercising!  I’m not expecting the whopping 3.5lb loss like last week.  I’ll be happy with 1/2 a pound gone.  I suppose I’d even be happy with no loss at all.  And I will survive if there is a gain. . . .

AND last but certainly not least. . . It’s Spring!!!  Officially!!   I’m ready for some walks around the block!  I want to throw open some windows and catch a cool breeze!  I want all kinds of fresh produce to fill the grocery stores and farm markets and the gardens!  I’m even looking forward to planting some flowers!

So whether you are going strong or feeling guilty,  the weekend is only two days out of seven.  Make the start of this week strong so that if you have a little hiccup next weekend you can look back and say “But I ROCKED all week! I’m awesome!”

I am hoping to do a giveaway in the next few weeks.  A free random drawing where one of my readers will win my favorite walking DVD.    Coming soon!!

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