Hi Journal & Friends,
This last Saturday was a hard day... I had to CHOOSE the right attitude, whether I felt like it or not. To DO the right things, regardless. To NOT dive head first into a humongous bowl of mac n cheese.
Those are the days when your resolve is tested. You find out just how committed you really are. If you REALLY meant what you said... "I am ready and willing to do whatever it takes..." or ... if you were just blowing smoke and riding high on emotion.
Gratefully, the Anchor held, and I am still on my program.
And thanks to a question from an online friend Saturday, I also started a close examination of my program. It was time to play Sherlock Holmes, and do some detective work.
I tried to see what had changed, to slow down my progress to such a snail's pace in the last 3 months. I think I found 3 elementary things that did change, and might have made a difference. Whether or not that's true doesn't really matter. They still need to be improved. So, it's all good.
Here are the things I found that I need improve, no excuses:
1. Water consumption... not drinking near enough water since it's turned cold.
2. Nutritional choices... not eating enough veggies, especially raw ones since it's turned cold weather.
3. SLEEP... The biggest challenge. My sleep has been messed up for about three months. This is definitely a source of stress, and might be a bigger factor than I had realized.
I have bumped these three things high up on my TO DO list. I guess I should give it another 3 months and watch for improvement, to see if they really were the culprits. I will try to be that patient, ha ha.
And today is my regular weekly weigh in (but I'll be updating the sidebar only once a month now). This Monday's weight is: 356, for a 2 pound loss last week. Hopefully, this coming month will be better progress than December!
This is my first weekly weigh in of 2010, with only 51 more weeks to go! Gee, if I could lose 2 lbs a week, at the end of 2010 I would have lost 104 more pounds! That would put my weight at... let's see... 254 pounds. My goal weight, tentatively, is 199. That would be awesome to be that close by next Christmas! :-D
I must admit that "next Christmas" sounds sooo far away! And the thought of writing 361 more posts is... impossible... what in the world would I have to say??!! But I've been thinking of something that Dayne (from Coach Your Mind, HERE) said in a comment yesterday. He said:
"It's sooo easy to lose sight of those 'small successes,' isn't it? Every day should only be about such tiny success... with all of those success added up, we eventually reach that great ambition!"
I guess that is the way this new year will play out... day by day, celebrating small successes along the way, enjoying the journey. Then, at the end of the year, I can have one big hootenany and celebrate the overall progress!
From Dr Phil's book: "There are no victims, only volunteers. You must embrace the fact that you own your problems and take action to solve them."
My verse for today: "For nothing is impossible with God."
My quote for today: "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
-- Thomas Jefferson
Enjoy the Journey,