What do you call THIS part of the weight loss journey? THIS meaning the part where I struggle with eating and maintaining my new healthy lifestyle changes. I KNOW what I need to do, but why the sudden struggle? I thought I figured IT out. IT meaning the SECRET to weight loss and keeping the weight at bay.
Do YOU want to know the SECRET? Well. here it is:
MOVE MORE! EAT LESS! Tadaa!!
You wanna slap me...don't you? TRUTH BE TOLD, if you move more and eat less, the positive results will soon follow! I know, I know...easier SAID than DONE!
Right about now I kinda feel like the hare from Aesop's Fable The Tortoise and The Hare. You know the story...the slow-moving tortoise challenges the over confident hare to a race. Long story short, the arrogant hare breezed past the tortoise and decided to take a nap. When the hare wakes up, he discovered the tortoise crept past him and WON the race. Like the hare, I got a little cocky with my weight loss. I "took a nap" so to speak and a few ponds crept back on my body.
With his quick speed, the hare figured he could win the race without even trying, kinda like me right now with the weight loss. And judging from my recent weigh in results, at some point I stopped trying and decided to coast on my 56 lb weight lost success.
I DO KNOW I refuse to go back to THAT...
I think the novelty of my weight loss endeavor wore off as my progress slowed down.
SO NOW WHAT...MAP OUT A PLAN, that's what.
#1 Go back to the beginning. Once again, I revisited my start of the New Year blog posts and I ran across my GLOWS & GROWS. My glows & grows served as my weekly attempt to evaluate my lifestyle change hits and misses. Glows & grows seemed like a helpful tool. Why did I stop? Who knows. I think it would be a novel idea to reinstate them; so, each week I will record my glows & grows on my blog or in my personal journal or maybe both.
#2 Determine what I want. Somewhere down the line I lost focus and forgot what I want and why I do THIS. So what do I want? I want to do things my former heavier self permitted me from doing. Check this out, I volunteered to go HIKING on a field trip with my son's Aquatic Science class.
#3 Overcoming Detours and Roadblocks Ahead! I discovered I really need to sit down and write a list of possible weight loss detour and road block solutions. Some of my roadblocks include, but are not limited to: celebrations at work, holidays, parties, late night snacking, secret snacking, grazing...need I go on? Any suggestions?
#4 Celebrate & Appreciate! I need to appreciate and celebrate my success thus far. I am also working on appreciating the small losses. A loss is a loss, and all the small losses add up. Just last week I lost .4, the equivalent to a bar of soap. That's right I lost a bar of soap.
- -4=bar of soap
- -8=coffee cup
In addition, celebrating mini-milestones achieved along the way may help me stay on course. How do you celebrate weight loss milestone?
I dreaded writing this post, but now I feel a little better about my next step. And you know, we can learn a thing or two from that slow moving tortoise, slow and steady wins the race. Put simply...as I continue my arduous task of losing weight; I feel it best to work slowly but consistently to ensure long-lasting weight loss results.