Everyone is Different...

Thursday, May 03, 2012

I realize now that everyone is different. emoticon I've had to step back and take a long look at myself over the last couple of weeks. I still haven't stepped on the scale, but not because I didn't want to. Some days it almost killed me!! But I've learned a lot in my "non-weighing" mode.

First, I'm no longer focused on the number. Whether it be calories or weight or size. I was so wrapped up in seeing all three numbers go down, that I wasn't enjoying the journey. It has especially hit home the last couple of days. I was hungry, and I wanted an orange really bad. But, it wasn't in my calorie plan for the day, so I walked away. Hello! I wanted an ORANGE and I was HUNGRY! All of a sudden I realized that what I was doing wasn't good for ME. I should be able to have an orange, and eat when my body tells me to.

Second, I had so much yard work to do this week, but I couldn't get to it. I was doing my exercises, which was a good thing, but I always feel frustrated after because I am not seeing results fast enough. I felt like I wasted my time. I know, negative thinking, right? I now realize that if I split up my time and do things around the house that cause me to break a sweat and work hard, and then do some exercising here and there to stay toned and keep my heart and lungs strong, I feel like I've completed something AND I'm healthier for it! I'm happy as I look around and see what I've accomplished, and I feel great!

Last, I am no longer obsessed with the process. I'm living life again. I've realized that the only time I lost weight and kept it off was when I was making little changes in my life and seeing a gradual loss. It was nice losing some weight, but it didn't rule my world. When I did become obsessed with it and started picking myself apart for not looking how I thought I should, THAT is when my weight started fluctuating. And when life threw me a few trials and emotional hardships, I gained back 30 pounds of what I had lost. No more. I'm back to making lifestyle changes here and there, and let the weight come off when it's ready to.

So, I'm different. I have needed to find some balance in my life, and getting rid of the scale has done that for me. I know that the scale, calorie counting, etc.. can work wonders for lots of people, just not me. I will still focus on eating healthy and making healthy choices, I will watch my portions, I will not binge, I will check my weight every few months to make sure my health is on track, and I will up my activity throughout the day - like choosing to walk or bike instead of hopping in the car.

These are things I know I will do. Why? Because they are becoming a part of my life. A life I am now learning to love!
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    Welcome to your new lifestyle! Great "Aha" Moments in this blog - remember them when things gets tough!
    3328 days ago
    I'm glad you realized that saying "no" to this orange was a mistake! Meal plans should only serve purposes of programming our weekly plans and covering our family's needs and ours. But they should definitely be flexible according to our daily appetite and difference in activity. We're not always in the mood to eat chicken, for example, and there are days that we burn too many calories to live just on fruit or vegetables! On these days our plans need to be altered and there's nothing wrong with that. As long as balance and portion control are always on our minds, we can find what works best for us.
    You're on the right track. Keep enjoying the journey and you'll reach your destination before you know it!
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    3328 days ago
    Sounds like you are finding a way that is working for you! Way to go!
    3328 days ago
    You have made some great strides for you. Using non-scale ways to measure your progress is a great thing to do. Do your clothes continue to fit? Are you feeling stronger? Are you sleeping well and able to do the things you want to do? If so, you are making progress and doing what your body wants you to do.

    If you do not enjoy the journey, you will not stay on the path.
    3329 days ago
    You made some great points. That's awesome. You need to enjoy the journey and not just the destination. The changes you are talking about are lifestyle choices.
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    What a light bulb moment for you!
    3329 days ago
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