Personally, I often look at my family (1 individual) being a mood killing. It seems that when I try to grow or attempting to change the "normal", I have received the untrue reasons that now is not the time. Starting today, I will be the individual that I have been created to be!!
I wish this was the case for me. My motivation has been drastically declining the past couple weeks. I'm pretty sure that I know the reason - I've lost a lot of weight and I feel good about where I am. Although, I still have 5-7 pounds to lose to get to my goal, I've let myself by happy where I am (which, I know, is a good thing), but it's also giving me reasons to ignore everything I've learned and worked hard for. I need someone to kick my butt in gear!
So pleased to read this article. I saw myself in much of what's in here, beating myself up for not doing what I'd said I would and at the end of the day gaining weight. And now as I'm recovering from a fractured leg I am beginning to pick myself up again. So I'm setting up some streaks regarding being positive.
I completely agree. The ups and downs of the scale are so unpredictable. I've noticed that those up weeks really make it harder to continue.
I've also noticed in others the way they get so upset with themselves if they lose control and end up giving up or "starting over". I never quit so I never have to start over. I just try really hard to make a conscious decision over the amount I eat. I have accepted the fact that I will not be perfect all the time. I think this helps me to limit my overeating to 1 meal instead of a whole day or a whole week.
Great article! I was just telling someone yesterday that the most important part of my weight loss journey has been learning it's all about the CHOICES I make. Choosing to do an extra workout, or to really stop and consider whether I really want to use my calorie allowance for something in the junk food group (like doughnuts!) that will only last a short time. I feel this attitude will help me finally achieve my goals - I already weigh less than I have in 25 years!
All of this article applies to me! Sometimes if I don't have a "perfect" eating day I will go all out and eat everything that looks good! I am trying not to let one "bad" choice ruin my whole day or week. And this week it is so hot, it's almost impossible to get a long bike ride in. So I rode at 1:30 in the morning when it was cooler! Messed up my sleep for the night, but I couldn't sleep anyway. Since I'm retired I can always take a nap!
This article completely hit home for me. I *expect* to lose 2 - 3 pounds every week. I *expect* that I will always do a 60 to 90 minute workout every day. And I feel like a failure when it doesn't happen. These are unreasonable expectations, and complete motivation killers. I need to keep this in mind when the scale doesn't move or I don't work out as long or as hard as I think I should. Thanks for the great article.
7/15/2013 9:15:22 AM
This is a fantastic article! It really sums up exactly how I think all of us feel. It is nearly impossible not to set unrealistic expectations and to be disappointed in what we should be thrilled by (for instance, seeing a number on the scale not move as quickly as we want it to, when a week or two earlier, we would be thrilled with seeing it at all).
I am forwarding this to some people who I know are struggling with this. Thanks for such a well written engaging piece!
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