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Doing it the "correct" way can be so hard - mentally

Friday, January 12, 2018

After joining SP in 5/2017, I spent the last 8 months of 2017 learning from SP and its members. Never before had I consistently stayed mindful of my health and diet for such a long period of time. I knew SP was changing me. I was so excited for the 2018 New Year as I felt so prepared, and for the most part I was/am prepared to make this year different.
Note: Every other new year would start with a goal of losing 5 -10 pounds in the first week, and my strict "diet" would barely make it to the first week it even made it that far. Once I blew the "diet" or did not make the goal, it was over until weeks or months later when I would try banging my head against the wall with the same plan.
This year my plans are different. My goal is to lose 40 pounds throughout the year, and I have a goal to lose about 5 pounds in January. I have spent the first 10/11 days getting on the treadmill and getting in a good number of steps. I also have tracked my food and have drunk 8 glasses of water 11/11 days. During this time, I had two Holiday parties and ate out with a friend twice. In other words, I lived life. Despite being mindful of what I was eating and doing, I did not feel like I was on a "diet," but rather I was making better choices for the long run. Additionally, in the first 11 days I read several articles on SP that compared the issues with quick weight loss versus the slow and steady approach. I have been asked if I lost weight, and I am aware of several NSV, so why is it so mentally difficult to weigh in today with JUST a 2 pound lose????
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    MO, you should indeed be proud of yourself with 2 pounds down. You are being successful and finding ways to make it work for you. You ROCK !!!

    Losing a pound a week is doable, it just means burning 3500 calories of course you must be mindfully eating as well. Small goals are much more attainable as it gives us some lea way to see the results as they happen. Keep filling your mind with all the good articles SP has to offer the education will help change your mindset. and each day will become easier. Eventually it will all become new healthier habits.

    Reach for a pound week and you could lose 60 in a year. But just stay focused on the 1 a week and you can move mountains !!! You are on a roll, keep it rolling !!!
    1220 days ago
    2 pounds is a celebration in my book; especially when that means you only have 3 pounds left for the whole rest of the month! And we are only in week 2!!!

    However I do understand how making (and keeping made) big changes does seem like work, and yet little reward for all that work. BUT...on the other hand...let's say 2017 was your training year, and this is the start of a new job. Lots of differences in the first couple of weeks of a new job, but unless you are in a highly paid profession, the payout can seem paltry for all the effort you put into your new job. One has to look for other rewards, besides $ (for a job) or pounds (for weight loss efforts). For the latter: more nutritive diet, so you are feeding your future self with better flesh (more vitamins and minerals for your muscles and bones, etc.), more exercise for healthier muscles and bones. You are building a better internal infrastructure. Also do you feel better? Many do when they get healthier. But yeah, one expects big pounds lost. On the other hand (how many hands is that!) the folks on things like tv's 'Biggest Loser' are very heavy, do radical diets and mulitple hours daily of exercise for dramatic 5-7 pound weight loss in the first week, and it's often water weight.

    You are doing well, and 2 pounds already is ahead of schedule. As a former math teacher: your 5 pound month goal divided 4-week month = 1.25 lbs, so at 2 lbs, you are at 160% of your goal for week 1. That IS dramatic!
    1220 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    good luck through a longer period this time.
    1221 days ago
  • ROBEC4175
    Awesome...words of wisdom for sure. Your last question, for me, is because I love instant gratification. There's a cartoon that says something like I've been dieting for 10 mins. why haven't I lost weight. Mo, I think given that you are taking a year to lose 40 lbs, you'll see results and, at the end of the year, you'll see that they've accumulated over time. A lb here a few ounces there.

    Today I have to pass on donuts (it's donut day at work) but it's an important step in my journey this week because I weigh in tomorrow and hope to see a weight loss, in whatever increment. We had a big day last Sunday so I've been pushing the water and trying to stay within my WW points. I need to get more exercise back into my routine.

    Best wishes to you for a successful journey!
    emoticon emoticon Cheers!
    1221 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/12/2018 12:12:05 PM
    Think of it this way: your two-pound loss is jam packed with a new attitude, much more knowledge about "dieting" and a completely different outlook to weight loss.
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    1221 days ago
    Wishing you all the best!!!
    1221 days ago
    It sounds like you have a good plan in place, keep working the program and those last 2 lbs will disappear in no time!
    1221 days ago
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