This weight loss challenge has
been an eye-opening experience for me. One, just how hard it is to write
everyday. Even about yourself. But this blog or diary has shown me how much ups
and downs I experience everyday in my war against fat and weight gain. Some
days I think I am heading in the right direction and then something happens and
BAM, I go get a candy bar out of the candy machine. How does that happen? It is
like I am magnetized and am being drawn to the machine against my will.
Actually, I think I am willing myself to go to the candy machine.
I think back to last year at this same time when I lost 25 pounds in pretty
much 8 weeks time. It was because my Doctor told me to do it and he had set up
another appointment for me 3 months later. I remember procrastinating about it
for a month and then realized I had better get going. I was motivated by fear,
high blood pressure, and an authority figure, my doctor. My wife will tell me
to lose weight, but I don't get as motivated by her as I did by my doctor.
What motivates you to exceed and succeed with a weight loss program? A special
event or vacation? A comment by a coworker, friend, relative or spouse? Do you
try for a couple of days and then revert back to your old habits? If someone
were to promise you a million dollars if you reached a specific weight loss
goal, do you think you could do it? How do you motivate yourself?
One method of self-motivation is to write down your goal every morning when you
get up. Before you turn on the TV or radio, sit down and write 5 times, "I am
at my goal weight of 155 pounds on March 15th" or whatever your goal weight is.
Make it a positive statement. Make it believable. Can you honestly achieve that
weight within the time frame you set? If you expect to lose 40 pounds in 2
months, I would doubt that as a believable goal, unless you are highly
motivated and under a doctor's care.
Then before you go to bed, write the same statement 5 more times. As you drift
off to sleep, set it as a little mantra to yourself, (not out loud) over and
over. Then do it all over again the next day.
The mind is an interesting organ. After a few days of this mantra and positive
goal statement, it will try to help you achieve your goal. It will silently
recommend the salad when you go out with friends. Your mind will encourage you
to say no to that piece of cake that is offered to you. Put this powerful organ
to work for you and see what success you can achieve in your weight loss goals.
Today, I had my normal breakfast, only an extra scrambled egg. Don't know why,
it seemed like a good idea at the time. Orange juice, milk and grits.
For lunch, I went to Subway. I must have been thinking about something else
when preparing for work, because I totally forgot to make a lunch. 6 inch ham
and turkey sandwich, with spinach, tomatoes, lettuce and mayo. Then I included
a bag of potato chips and a pepsi.
Dinner, I prepared sphagetti, broccoli, crescent rolls and water. There was no
dessert, no extraneous eating. A success.
Good luck eating the good foods and do a little exercising. Have a great day!