Yes, I know it’s been WAY to long since I’ve last written. Don’t you worry I have been thinking about writing. I was going to be writing about ‘Afternoon munchies’ but wasn’t inspired. Honestly I haven’t been inspired in a long time..even with work. I have successfully fallen off of the diet regime and have made about 1 million excuses for why I should have another bite/glass of wine/hour of sleep, etc.
So, I am on a business trip today (spent 12.50 and hour to update this for you) and have been really challenged in my personal and professional life recently. My routine has changed a bit..no complaining, but it just means that i have to refocus on what I want. I don’t want to be on a Yo-Yo anymore!
How did this evolution start:
1. I told a co-worker that I was going away this weekend and that I needed to make a goal to stay on my point eating for my diet. So I have made a verablised promise to myself not to blow it..honestly if I can make it through this weekend it will be the first weekend in probably four months where I’ve stayed TOTALLY true to my diet. I’ve lost weight, but it’s getting to the point where I need to.
2. I bought the WeightWatchers magazine why? Because it was titled ‘Yo-Yo? Oh No!’ Yes, I am listening. Reading the article was interesting, because I think that all of us in life struggle with ‘staying on track’ and have to deal with the ups and downs of everything. But for those of us who bounce back and forth with dieting here’s some interesting information:
most people who lose weight regain one-to two-thirds of it within a year, and nearly back where they started within five years.
Weight cycling also has an impact on our emotional health, we we feel like a failure when the kilos return.
(Those) who were educated about healthy eating, increasing physical activity and creating a supportive environment (were successful in maintaining weight loss)
‘Treat plateaus as a chance to practise maintenance, and be realistic about weight goals
This is from the Australian/New Zealand ‘WeightWatchers’ Magazine Sept/Oct 2008. I was reading this on the plane and thought to myself ‘OF course I should be HAPPY with my weight loss, and honestly maintaining is ok..it’s better than gaining!’ I instantly felt better about myself!
3. I went to this speech today, part of my business trip. Wasn’t really expecting to be all that moved by it honestly. Anyways, it was amazing. I was in tears about three times, trying not to look like a fool around people I didn’t know. One thing that I will never forget is:
FOCUS ON THE RESULTS: NOT THE EXCUSES!
I have been finding every excuse to not fulfill the results that I desperately want. I am too tired, I am on vacation, etc. NO. I want to be at 170lbs (73kg) in the next four weeks, I want to complete a race I am running. When I am feeling desperate to binge, to not wake up, to not run..my energy has to be on what I want at the end…not on making the excuse.
God, I feel good. I needed this break. It’s a constant battle. I didn’t eat the fatty dressing today, have the cheese, each the cheese cake and/or muffin. Instead I focused on the end result.