One of the most important things that you can do at the beginning of your weight loss journey is to find your “why”. Why? Because it’s your secret motivational weapon. Let’s just say you’ve made it through the honeymoon phase of weight loss…you might have lost some weight, and the scale is no longer budging. You want to throw in the towel, but you’ve already found your “WHY”. You think about it, maybe your why is to lose weight to fit into a swimsuit this summer. Maybe it’s to lower your cholesterol number. Whatever it is, dig deep and think about it. Think about your why every day.
I was listening to a podcast the other day and the host was raving about this book called “Lean Habits For Lifelong Weight Loss: Mastering 4 Core Eating Behaviors to Stay Slim Forever“. He was interviewing the author, Georgie Fear, who is a registered dietician. She appeared very smart and knowledgeable, so I bought the book for my Kindle.
I like to set myself up for the week as well as I can. This means that on Friday night, I spend about 30 minutes picking out dinners and making a grocery list for the following week. Then on Saturday, I go the grocery stores (I go to 4 to save money) for about 2 hours. When Sunday rolls around, I cook as many of those dinners as possible. It’s a well-oiled machine.
Balance. It helps you walk without falling over. It keeps money in the bank. And it is tremendously important to our health and wellbeing.
Not just in a weightloss sense, but our all over health…mind, body, and spirit. I suffer from anxiety and depression. When I go off balance, things can go very wrong. I go down rabbit holes of depression or spiraling anxiety, until I finally just stop and breathe. I step back, look at the different areas of my life and see what is out of balance. Maybe it’s sleep: am I staying up even 20 minutes later than normal? Maybe it’s negative self talk. How am I talking to myself? I go through the usual problem areas and I see what needs to be thrown back in balance.
Today, my physical health is off balance. I’m tired, incredibly tired. Looking back on the past week or two, I realized that while I’ve been sick, I’ve been pushing myself too much. So afraid of going backwards, I’m pushing myself into exhaustion. I have to let that guilty feeling I’m getting for not going to the gym go. When I’m sick, I need to rest. Period. It’s not failing to take time off when you are sick, it’s the healthy thing to do.
This is a picture of my NSV book. NSV stands for “non-scale victory” and it is any positive achievement that has nothing to do with the scale. For instance, maybe today you walked 3 blocks instead of 2. Maybe instead of eating a cheeseburger and fries at the fast food joint, you chose a salad instead. Those are NSVs.
This is how I handle food and cooking:
– Friday nights: make meal plan using Paprika.com app
– Saturdays: go to 4 grocery stores, which saves me money
– Sundays: cook dinners for Sunday through Thursday
This also makes lunches for the following day. It usually works out great as long as one of the links in the chain doesn’t come unlinked.
I tricked myself again. It’s a pattern I have, I have a plan be it fitness related, or diet related, and when the time comes to do said activity, I talk myself out of it.
This time, it was the gym. I didn’t go yesterday because hubby wanted to go today, but today his body hurts a lot and he can’t go. Rather than go without him, I have talked myself out with the following:
I weighed in this morning and I’m up by 4 ounces. I’m not going to sweat it though because I’m going to try to focus on fat loss rather than pounds. However, this does not take away the slight disappointment I feel. I only weigh once a week. This is to keep my focus on getting healthy and not get derailed by numbers. Last week, I began taking my body fat measurements with a skinfold caliper too. I don’t expect to see a drop in those numbers on a weekly basis. It would be really nice, but I don’t think it’s realistic.