Good Afternoon Journal!
I was all set write my post today, but just for fun decided to visit a couple of my favorite blogs first. CinciMom11 at CinciMom11: Losing the Baby Weight wrote something (here) that inspired me to change my topic today. She was talking about "Stages of Readiness to Change." I found this very interesting because I remember taking a free test from Dr Phil's website, called Are You Ready? It scores your answers, then gives you the interpretation. It's free, and it's (HERE). (Note: in the quiz he refers to the book and the seven keys... this is his book The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution. But, you can apply the quiz to any plan that you have chosen)
Anyway, I was also reminded of a newspaper article from eons ago that I clipped out and tucked away. I get sooo tired of all the negativity surrounding weight loss... people quoting studies, and then other people quoting those people, ad nauseam.... regarding how hhaaarrrddd it is to lose weight and keep it off.... and we have all heard the statistics saying only 3% of people that lose it, KEEP it off... blah blah blah.
This little newspaper article that I saved--so old now that it's darkened and ratty--is titled "Weight Loss Depends on Attitude, Too." Here is the first paragraph:
"Anne Fletcher got tired of all the negative talk about the impossibility of losing weight and keeping it off. So she set out to find the "masters" who have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off for three or more years."
I will summarize the rest:
*She interviewed 160 people who lost weight and kept if off for 3 or more years.
*She wrote a book titled: Thin for Life: 10 Keys to Success from People Who Have Lost Weight and Kept it Off.
*The wt losses ranged from 40 pounds to twenty people who lost over 100 pounds.
*They used either a traditional program or a self-styled one, but what they did in common was to tweak it to make it personalized. They felt this was one big key to their success.
*Most of them had tried and not succeeded in the past to lose weight and keep it off. They felt this time the thing that turned it around was ATTITUDE. Instead of seeing "past failures", they saw "experiences to learn from." They analyzed what did and did not work for them in the past, and used this as information to tailor their current program.
*They owned the problem, not blaming anything or anyone else.
*They included occasional indulgences, but realistically accepted the need for limits, in order to lose weight.
*They set realistic goals.
*They didn't berate themselves and pile on the guilt if they slipped, but just jumped right back into it, and continued on.
*When at goal, they set short turnaround times in case the weight start creeping up.
Overall, there was no magic bullet. "It's a lot of hard work and constant vigilance. They think they're worth it."
Now you know why I saved this little newspaper article. :-)
From Dr Phil's book: "Have a plan and the courage, commitment, and energy to execute it."
My verse for today: "The Lord is my strength and my song."
My quote for today: "If you learn from defeat, you haven't really lost." --Zig Ziglar
Enjoy the Journey,