Oooops. Off track. Yikes!
Time to restart! Pull out the non-negotiables. Here we go!
The pants are too tight and some clothes don’t fit at all. My regular exercise routine has been temporarily interrupted for medical reasons. My motivation has waned.
The truth is, I’m happy, comfortable and having fun, but not as focused on healthy living, or as diligent about living from the center of my equation as I usually am, and as I need to be. As a result, things are slipping out of my comfort zone.
There is only one answer: Restart! No excuses. No tomorrow. It’s today. Are you with me?
I’ve blogged a lot about how great it feels to have maintained my -200 lb weight loss for almost two years now. But, I have also noted how challenging this has been. At times, far more difficult than losing the weight in the first place.
Well, I’m admitting today that I’m in a challenging patch. I’ve fallen too far afield from my healthy lifestyle. The scale is too high — meaning my weight is above my comfort range for maintenance (yes, I monitor this closely.) My eating patterns and behaviors have gotten sloppy. And, my recent attempts to get back on track these past few days have failed.
So, starting now, I am back on track. This is the restart.
Let’s face it. I’m not perfect. We’re not perfect. And things don’t always go well. Sometimes we slip and fall, and sometimes that turns into a downward slope. When I get off track or feel things slipping too far afield from my newly defined comfort zone. I restart. And I don’t just say it, I do it. Today, I actually need your help to do so. Thus, the blog.
My strategy when I struggle is to go immediately back to what worked for me in fat loss. To my list of non-negotiables. I make myself accountable — both to myself and publicly (it helps me). I share my story and know others can relate. I remind myself that I can do this, and I will! There are no excuses. And I put myself 100% back squarely in the equation.
My list of non=negotiables include getting back on the strict food plan with no room for slippage around the edges. Same with my exercise routine, getting plenty of sleep, keeping my work in balance, and not hiding behind excuses. I also track my food and my exercise daily — again for accountability, focus and so I can see my progress as it moves in the right direction.
Learning to restart in short order when things got off track was perhaps the single most important factor in my weight loss. But, it is even MORE important in maintenance. Too much slippage on my overall definition of healthy living and wholla — I am 10 pounds or more up and the pants are tight. But often for a compulsive overeater or food addict, it’s worse. We let in foods and behaviors that do not serve us well and it becomes a slippery slope.
For me, that slippery slope ends today. Excuses like vacation (it’s over), travel for work (do it all the time), and can’t work out (not really, just can’t do what I was used to and only for about another week or so) — they are over, done, no more. There is no, “I will try.” I am back on track and I will! I am living healthy and I am inviting you to do the same.
Anyone in the same boat who might want to join me? We’ll support each other. Let me know by sharing here and here we go!
We’ve got this. Of course. 🙂