Sunday, September 18, 2011

SEPT 18th Progress... & Time to DO!

Hello Journal & Friends,

I finally did it. I did what I kept SAYING I was going to do... take a Blogcation. 

I discovered that I was so used to coming and reading blogs every day, almost like a dependency or something, and it was hard to stop... I might miss something! I found it extremely difficult to actually disengage. I finally did, and have only read a few here and there for the last few days. 

I've been up and down... hot and cold... encouraged and discouraged. 

And finally, after a lot of thought, I decided to just do what I did in the beginning... what worked.

 KISS... Keep It Super Simple.

I've learned how to offically count grams of carbs, calories, fiber, fat and protein. I found I was doing pretty well in those percentages. 

But after months of that... well, I think I just burned out on all the record keeping. I rebelled, and didn't count ANYthing the last couple of weeks. Dangerous for someone like me who is still learning portion control. :-}

So... back to KISS. Super simple... just keep tabs on the calories, and not sweat the fine print. :-) The rest will come in time.

It always cracks me up when I feel like I'm chasing my tail going nowhere, and then someone goes and quotes ME! Happened this morning. I had just finished reading an old post of mine, and it had thoroughly smacked me, in a good way. It was written when I was feeling more spunky than now: Grumpy Schmumpy? Just DO it! 

So, there I am, feeling all sheepish but encouraged over that post, and I get an email from a fellow Oregonian, Joy at Nuggets of Truth, telling me she quoted one of my comments I left her. Oh, the irony!! I just had to laugh. Thank you, Joy, it helped me, too!

Progress... that's how I'm looking at this. Another leg of the journey, another bend in the road. Here is part of what I said to Joy... I must've been in a Smarty Pants mood that day!!!

"... don't let those doubts win.

I have doubts come a-knocking at my door all the time. Most of the time I don't invite them in for a tea party! Let alone let em move in and unpack! Kick em out, is what I have to remind myself to do. I DO have a choice as to whether or not I believe the lie.

I truly believe that the battle is won or lost between the ears...

...the SuperHeroes of weight loss are simply farther down the road as some of us. So, don't compare yourself to them. When you get all your stuff worked out, and it "clicks", you'll be one, too!

Once we find our path, and work out our method, alls left is to do... and I don't think we have to have it all ironed out perfectly, with 100% hot-shot belief before we can DO the doing.... ya know?? Because the more we DO, the more we will believe, because we will have created a New History to prove to ourselves we can DO it. :-D

...until I totally See It, I'll continue to just DO it."

Ummm... methinks it's time to follow my own advice!!

From Dr Phil's book: "It's all about changing..."

My verse for today: "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you..."

My quote for today: "The birds they sing at break of day, 'Start again...' I hear them say." --Leonard Cohen

Enjoy the Journey,


DAY 763


Anonymous said...

Well, if you counted and figured percentages for "months," no wonder you burnt out! I managed to do it for the month of July (when we started our carb conquest cruise) and crashed and burned by August. Actually, I was pretty tired of that percentage stuff by the second week, and just went to counting carb and protein grams. :}

I think keeping it simple is the best way. Of course, I haven't kept anything anyway for more than a couple of days in a row for weeks.

I just decided yesterday (after yet another 3 day streak ended)that I was going back to an old plan, too. Count calories with an emphasis on gluten-free, low carb food--and have a relaxed meal on Sunday.

Except I don't want to count....anything...ever. So maybe I'll just eat low carb and not count. Except then I get a deprivation syndrome going--and to avoid that and still lose weight I must count cals. aaarrrggghhh.

Sorry about this comment... I'm sure you'll excuse me if I just go spin my wheels now.


Cinner said...

Hi Loretta, glad you are back, and yes Kiss sounds like a very good plan. I only have my main blog now I wanted to let you know I was still around. My blog Me My Four Chins and I I shut down because of malwar. keep in touch. I am glad our paths have crossed.

affectionforfitness said...

Hi Loretta! I just love your post. I wish you lived by me! You have such a fun spirit!

I relate to everything you're saying. I'm going back to examining every food choice and consistency. Consistency without any binges gives us momentum, which I just got back after 1 1/2 years without it for diet. Let's both keep track carefully. It's worth it!

:-) Marion

Anne H said...

That's what I love about the blogs.
The perfect tool for tracking and consistency!
We do the work - of course -
but the tools help. It would sure be hard to build a house (for example) with out tools. Same with something as big of a project as building a life!
And I think losing weight is just one aspect!

carla said...

Im with AffectionForFitness.
I wanna have coffee and chat :)

M Pax said...

Doubts are trouble no matter what you're doing. The Insecure Writers group was invented for that purpose. I learned, "do not hire an editor when I'm feeling insecure." Somehow we need to look past those nagging voices. In my case, it cost me money.

But, yes, keep it super simple. Get your attitude and mind working the right way. Learn to enjoy what you're doing, then move on.

Miss you, but hope you enjoyed your blogcation.

Bring Pretty Back said...

Loretta, I love what you have to say...
Hugs and love -
Have a pretty day!

Anonymous said...

Hi, new follower.... looking forward to catching up on some older posts. Be strong!!!

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