Well, folks, it’s time for some drastic measures. This just isn’t cutting it. I am STILL at the same weight I was just before Thanksgiving. In the 3 months prior to that, I did lose fifteen pounds. In the past couple weeks I’ve just kept getting more and more off track, and a little more discouraged, a little less optimistic and confident. This has to stop. NOW. I will not, I WILL NOT gain back one stinkin’ pound that I worked SOOO hard to lose. And I will lose more weight, and I will eventually reach my goal. This is getting ridiculous. I know I can do this. Instead of me looking back over the past weeks and pointing at all the mistakes I’ve made and all the places I’ve gone wrong (which I believe I have done on this blog recently), I’m going to do something else. I’m going to focus on what DOES work. I’m thinking back on the times that I have been successful and I’m going to implement what has worked for me. So here are the things that have truly worked for me:
- POSITIVE MOMENTUM. I truly believe that this has been about the greatest contributor to my weight loss success. Success just keeps building on itself. I do much better on any given day if I did well the day before. This is why a good decision now has far more impact that just the results of that one decision – it creates more and more good decisions. This is not to say that I won’t ever make a mistake, but the quicker I recover, the better.
- CONSISTENT BLOGGING. I do so much better when I am consistently posting on my blog and reading other blogs. Reading the weight loss journey’s of others is so helpful and my daily blogging is something that really keeps me accountable and helps me reflect on the things I’m doing well and the things I need to change. Lately I’ve gotten lax about reading (tonight there were 190 posts in my google reader, because I hadn’t read blogs for nearly a week) and I’ve gotten lazy about posting. I’ve skipped a couple days this week, and most of my posts have been very short and not as thoughtful.
- MEASURABLE RESULTS. Nothing is more motivational that positive results. I’m not quite as sure how to control this. I really can’t directly control the numbers on the scale. Sometimes my body is slow about dropping the weight. I think I need to measure something else. There really is a part of me that wants to throw the scale out the window (figuratively, not literaly – although that might be fun, too). I think I need to measure something I can control.
- EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE. This is critical for me, and in the 10-12 weeks that I lost 15 pounds, I worked out an average of 4 days/week. I can’t say enough about the psychological benefits of exercise for me. It helped me stay on track with my eating. I slacked off this week and only worked out twice. I need to get out there and work!
- AVOIDANCE OF SWEETS AND BAKING. Unfortunately, I just can’t be around sweets and I can’t bake. This week I’ve baked three or four sweets – always with some excuse, but every time I ended up snacking on what I made. I need to stop.