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Criss-cross effect.

Saturday, February 06, 2021

I'm not doing so well. My weight is not dropping as smoothly as I was expecting and it is getting me down. I have started changing my eating habits, but I am finding tracking and staying within calorie range tough.

Then I remembered the criss-cross effect - which I understand as how working in one area can support improvements in another area. I had thought about this because one afternoon I decided to focus on tidying up the house. When I opened the cupboard that has our chocolate I found myself not wanting any at all, which is quite remarkable for me. I realised that something I was doing was obviously tending to whatever need usually calls out for chocolate.

So, I began thinking about my need for movement and have started aiming to reach 5000 steps every other day. I realised how stationary I have been with the newborn. Now it's not enough to seriously impact weight loss, but perhaps it will be enough to help me with cutting down on my calorie intake and managing my stress levels.

I've been doing this for a few days and the scale is still fluctuating between 64.3 and 64.8. It's hard to be making changes, but they are not enough to impact the scale. Mentally taxing.

I am looking into a paid diet programme, but I'm just not sure it's the right thing to do. Sparkpeople has worked for me before and I know that, ultimately the work begins and ends with me. I have to eat less, exercise more. My mind has to be in the right place.

So, I'm back to the criss-cross effect- taking care of myself in other areas. Making sure I dress nicely, even if it means buying a few larger size clothes. Going walking. Taking time to log on to spark people and blog! Shifting my mind so that it can do the harder work of tracking calories and staying within calorie range. Even when the scale is not all that motivating.
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