Weight loss is hard, isn't it?? You'd think that would stop surprising me at some point.
I made a pretty big decision this week – I'm switching diet programs.
I had a great week! And as excited as I am about losing 3.5 pounds, I'm even more excited that I felt really in control this week – more than I have in a long time.
I think the problem is we make resolutions when we're all fired up and have grand plans for the year, but then reality sets in and suddenly that 7-workouts-a-week goal is (obviously) unrealistic and rather than scaling back, we give up altogether.
So, I'm kind of embarrassed that I pretty much disappeared from this space for a few weeks.
I hope you can forgive the sort of hokey racetrack imagery in the title of this blog entry, but I just realized how appropriate it is that I start this week's story talking about a grueling 24-hour car race.
I made an important realization this week – when I'm not motivated to lose weight, nothing external can make it happen. And when I am motivated, nothing external can stop me. So, while I'm definitely having trouble right now, it helps to focus on what I have already accomplished instead of my struggles.
It's 26 weeks until my birthday -- and I want to lose 26 pounds. Keeping focused on that and a couple of specific challenges is getting me back on track with my diet.
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I'm back to counting calories for a week. Here's a peek into a day in my food/exercise diary (including an abundance of snacks, hobbit-style!).
Getting ready for vacation means packing, straightening my desk at work -- and planning how I'm going to eat and exercise while in a different country!
It's hard writing about this because I feel like I've been saying these things over and over in different ways while sort of waffling about how to move forward. But the bottom line is that this is really hard and sometimes it takes some false starts to get going again.
After countless efforts to lose weight over close to 30 years, this time is completely different. Because no matter how difficult or frustrating it's become, I refuse to get to the point where I just throw my hands up and say I won't bother trying anymore.
I find it much easier to lose weight in the spring and summer than the winter. Winter just screams for comfort food. The heavy clothes let you ignore small gains (which add up). And the excuses to stay inside are plentiful.
Sometimes we need to deal with change and find solutions that may not be ideal but are at least a step in the right direction.
I'm still having a lot of trouble getting back into a good groove. I think the big problem is that I'm so stuck in the negative feelings of failure tied up in gaining some of the weight back that I can't seem to get the momentum to move forward again.
I decided to keep my goals and approach to getting back on track this month very simple, focusing mainly on sticking to a food plan and cutting out alcohol.
This week was definitely a mixed bag as far as sticking to my food plan was concerned.
I've reset my "Get Back on Track!" month to start today. In wanting to synch up with a calendar month, I probably didn't think things through as well as I should have in planning to be very strict with my diet when I had a bunch of special occasions coming up.
How have we gotten to a point where body size and shape are such overwhelming factors in determining a person's worth?
I said something to my friends this week that I hadn't really consciously acknowledged until the words were out of my mouth – I'm embarrassed to go back to the gym.
There's nothing magical about January first, but there is something appealing about starting the New Year with healthy new goals in mind.
I tried writing in this space about a month ago and got three paragraphs into it before I gave up. I just feel like I'm saying the same things over and over and not making any real changes that stick. But all I can do is try again and keep trying until I get out of this rut.
All this week I kept thinking: "Looks like I picked the wrong week to try to lose weight."
I am stressed out!
For the upcoming week, my goals are all about 3s.