aliModeratorApril 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm
They say that pride comes before a fall – well that is my story of this week. Most people who are trying to lose weight have a magic number, or a series of magic numbers. They usually represent an old weight, a change from three digits to two, or a ‘decade drop’ (a change from the 90’s to the 80’s, or 80’s to the 70s etc). Well this week I should have broken through my magic number. The number I was shocked to have crept over and the number that represents a decade drop. Last week I was 200gms away from this number, at the end of this week I am still 100gms. So while a loss is still a loss, it wasn’t what I was hoping for. This time last week I was feeling pretty proud of myself and pretty smug. I faithfully watched my video and identified all of the practical high-risk situations. You know the ones – going out with friends, keeping snacky type foods in the house, at night when I’m tired and can’t be bothered cooking, and of course, the lure of a skinny latte☺.
Even more faithfully, I applied my hierarchy of controls and had good, well used controls to eliminate, substitute, engineer, and even had my policies (strategies) for when all else failed – and yet I didn’t take into account the ‘whispers of the devil’. The devil being me and my old brain of course. My learning this week is that the old ‘one won’t hurt…. You’ve done so well, you can get back on track tomorrow…’ Is definitely my biggest high risk situation. And while I didn’t stray too far off track – everything adds up. The little bit of chocolate on Friday night (‘because I’ve done so well, this week I will smash my magic number’), the couple of latte’s on Saturday (‘It’s ANZAC weekend – again, one (or in this case two) won’t hurt’), the breakfast with friends on Sunday (‘it’s only eggs, and toast, and a latte’), followed by a day on the couch watching movies on Monday (‘we had the dawn service, I got up early, one day on the couch is good for me’) and before you know it I have been more off program than on program.
Were any of my choices particularly bad, or particularly unhealthy? No, of course not – but they were enough to make a difference. The brutal fact for me is that I have to work hard to lose weight. I don’t lose weight easily and because I don’t have much weight to lose, I have to be super focused to see the scales move. This week I listened to my Old Me enough that I didn’t stay focused on my goals, I thought I could coast a little (‘because I had worked so hard’☺) and as a result, I didn’t manage to break through my magic number. However, on the up-side I did have a lovely learning about just how powerful those whispers can be…
In terms of my goals from last week:
Continue my New Brain Resistance Workout:
It’s funny because I actually completely forgot. I have lots of things going on in my life at the moment – some awesome, and some challenging, and I literally forgot. My learning: Use sticky notes in the bathroom to remind me to use my non-dominant hand when I brush my teeth. Such a simple thing and yet so easily forgotten.
Drink Hot Water with a Slice of Lemon:
Tick – I did this one – However, I also let a couple of milky coffee’s sneak back in, so time to refocus this week.
Progress further with my fitness program:
Tick achieved! This is a big one for me. I easily find every reason in the world to put exercise at the bottom of the pile, however, I did manage this one☺ I even took to doing kettle bell lifts and squats while waiting for the kettle to boil at work – Much to the amusement of everyone I work with, I’ve decided that every little thing I do counts!
Keep focused on changing my coffee habit:
Definitely lost focus here. Still better than two weeks ago, however, I went out and had a few too many take away lattes. Again – time to refocus.
Goals for this week?
Because I didn’t do so well last week, this week I am refocusing and continuing with my goals from last week.
• Continue with my New Brain Resistance Workout.
• Drink hot water with a slice of lemon after dinner.
• Progress further with my fitness program.
• Refocus on changing my coffee habit.
Wish me luck and have an awesome week!!!!
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