New Month, (Hopefully) New Me
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Ok, I am going to try some new approaches.
If you look at my Spark Page or any messages I post, you will see that I have lost 40 lbs. with SparkPeople. This is true, and I am very proud of it.
However, if you peel back the onion a little, you will see that I have been at this weight for the past five months. And it is not a plateau; it is my fault.
I think my biggest problem is that if I give myself a little latitude with my diet (an inch), I take too much (a mile). Throw in some discouragement and perhaps a little boredom (which leads to increased incidents of not caring), and there you have it. I have had several times (one very recently) where I really thought I was back on track, and before you know it, I was off track again.
Anyway, I have several goals for the upcoming week. It is probably a little odd to begin my week on Wednesday, but between Rosh Hashonah (so now it is a new year in the Jewish calendar) and with today beginning a new month, here I go. Also, I went off track earlier this week, and I don't want to wait until Sunday or Monday to start over.
1. No processed sugars for a week. If I get cravings for sweets, it is ok to eat any fruit in any quantity.
2. Walk a minimum of 35 minutes per day. If it is absolutely impossible, the time must be made up on another day.
3. Track all food. If impossible to calculate exact nutrition, then it must be documented at least in concept.
4. Provide real concrete support to at least one team member this week. Provide additional support to at least two other team members.
5. Get weight down from 193.4 to 190 lbs. I don't think the 3.4 lb. weight loss is unreasonable because I think that if I watch myself, some of it will fall off easily. The weight loss goal is the one over which I have the least control (you know, sometimes you don't lose weight even if you follow your rules to a "T"), and I won't be unduly upset if it is not achieved.
6. Write in my journal at least three times this week. These entries may be public or private. I was having a lot of success when I journaled regularly. It is probably not a coincidence that I have pretty much stopped the journal and I have also stopped losing weight.
With regard to the processed sugars, I sometimes imagine myself teaching a weight loss class (a goal, perhaps?), and I think this would be the first assignment. So maybe I need to practice what I preach. This goal will definitely be honed over time. If I feel that I can handle an occasional piece of dark chocolate (at times this has helped me a lot) or that I will feel too deprived without some sugar, then I will adjust the rule. However, for the time being, I think I need to get used to not having sugars. I have done it before, and it helps a lot.
If anyone has any concrete advice on how to get back on track, it would be appreciated. Otherwise, I thank you in advance for your thoughts. Sparkies are the best!!!!