Is Your Body Weight Like a Spring?

How Could Body Weight Be Like a Spring?

Is Your Body Weight Like a Spring?Imagine a metal spring, like one in a ballpoint pen, a grandfather clock or even a mattress.  When it is new, it maintains a certain shape and strives to keep that shape.  Sure, it will shrink and compress as needed, but it quickly springs back to its original size.

What if the body weight you were destined to be is like an untouched spring?  If you’re lucky, it is perfect the way it is.  If you are like most of the people reading this blog, you want your body weight to be less, your body to be smaller.  Does it feel like getting to the lower body weight you desire is like squeezing that spring to its smaller size?  And then, against your will, the spring, your body weight, bounces back to its pre-determined shape?

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Even worse, after squeezing the spring and watching it spring back several times, the spring starts to lose its definition.  It doesn’t want to return to its original shape.  It starts to get flabby and more unmanageable.  Is your body weight just like that?  I know I am feeling that way right now.

How My Body Weight is Like a Spring!

It’s amazing to me how quickly I am able to gain weight.  It’s not like I’m eating four hamburgers, three orders of fries, and two milkshakes at every meal.  I don’t even think I am eating much more than the people around me.

For some reason, in order for me to manage my weight, it is necessary for me to carefully watch my calories all of the time and to exercise consistently.  As soon as I let either one slip a little, my weight starts to creep up again.

I took some positive steps today by getting on the bike at 4:30am this morning.  I made some minor adjustments to my schedule to make that happen.  It’s a great way to start the day.

I ate fairly well most of the day.  I made a couple mistakes, but I’m going to forgive myself and try again tomorrow.  If I start exercising consistently again, I’m hoping the minor mistakes will not have such a big impact.

Maybe Your Body Weight is Not Like a Spring

Do you think your body weight is like a spring?  It’s okay if you don’t.  It’s just an idea that came to me, based on my struggle with my body weight.

I’ll admit that is not really a very positive or supportive way to think of body weight.  As a matter of fact, it is very negative, and I am essentially telling myself it is very difficult to succeed.

I’ll try to find a better way to think about my journey to lose my extra body weight.  It would be really great if you can offer another perspective.  If you have an idea, please find the Comments section below and let me know!

Gravitate Toward Positive People When Losing Weight

I had a very pleasant and supportive conversation today with a co-worker about losing weight.  She knows I am on NutriSystem Advanced, because we had spoken about it a couple months ago.  She told me how visible my weight loss is, and she inquired about how my clothes fit.  I think she noticed I need to take my pants to the tailor soon!

My co-worker allowed me the opportunity to discuss my whole experience, and I was thrilled to tell her about my goals for eating right, exercising and losing weight.  I have it all worked out in my head, and it felt great to share it with someone who is so supportive.  I want to make sure that I maintain my weight loss, and she was supportive of the plans I shared.

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I am thrilled to have a co-worker like her, and I am glad I do not have any negative influences.  Those can be a real downer, and I rarely see any indication of it.  I am aware of some examples where someone has a strong opinion of a particular plan.  Even if you’ve shared that it has been successful for you, they still forge ahead with their negative comments.  If people have negative thoughts, I much prefer they keep them to themselves!

Breakfast:  Lemon Poppyseed Muffin; Cottage Cheese, 1% Fat; Peach; Bread, oatmeal; Morning Coffee

Morning Snack:  Yogurt, nonfat; Strawberries

Lunch:  Vegetable Beef Soup; Mushrooms, raw; FF Dressing

Afternoon Snack:  Honey Mustard Pretzel Sticks

Dinner:  Rotini with Meatballs and Tomato Sauce; Brussel Sprouts, cooked; Mandarin Oranges; Oil, canola, olive, peanut, safflower; Bread, rye

Dessert:  Fudge Brownie

Drinks:  Crystal Light; water

Exercise:  30 minutes on recumbent bike at 138 bpm.  66.67% of weekly exercise goal is complete.

Pedometer:  ?

All Good Vacations Must Come To An End

My mini-vacation has come to an end, and I feel no guilt for the way I ate.  On most vacations, I would go completely overboard and eat every great thing I see at wonderful restaurants.  This time around, I followed the NutriSystem Advanced plan, and my progress does not suffer as a result.  I also saved some money.

I was not able to get on the scale today, because the scale at the hotel (yes, there was one in the room) had a limit of 250 pounds.  At my size, I still have to be aware of those weight limits.  At least, a whole new world of items with 300-pound limits will open up to me soon.  I know I am getting close.  I will get on the scale tomorrow morning and find out for sure.

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Losing weight is giving me confidence to try new things physically.  The two-hour bike ride on Saturday is one example.  At one point on my trip, I saw some people paddling canoes.  At 350+ pounds, I would never have considered getting on a canoe.  I thought I would surely flip over and find it impossible to get upright again.  I don’t think I can yet get on a canoe, but I am now looking forward to when I can give it a try.  I know I will weigh less than 250 pounds someday soon, and I will then be in much better shape to paddle away.

Since I couldn’t read the Mindset Makeover yesterday, I read it today, and the topic was nutrition labels on foods.  It is not new information to me.  I have already been paying attention to labels, since I purchased that fat-free dressing with corn syrup as the first ingredient.  The short message was calories first then look for nutritional improvements.

Breakfast:  NutriCinnamon Squares Cereal; Yogurt, nonfat; Strawberries; Bread, multigrain; Milk, nonfat or skim

Morning Snack:  Egg; Banana

Lunch:  Black Beans and Rice; Lettuce, green or red leaf; FF Dressing

Afternoon Snack:  Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar

Dinner:  Macaroni & Cheese with Beef; Tomato; Mandarin Oranges; Salad Dressing, light or reduced fat; Bread, rye

Dessert:  Chocolate Crunch Bar

Drinks:  Crystal Light; water; Coffee

Exercise:  one hour walk on the beach; 16.67% of weekly exercise goal complete

Pedometer:  ?


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