Disappointing Event Brings Back Focus

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Rocky Road? No Thanks!

Rocky RoadSometimes getting from one place to another is easy.  There are no barriers, and you glide easily to your destination.

Other times, there can be major roadblocks between you and your goal.  To get around those obstacles, you may have to adjust your path or your strategy.  The same is true with attaining your health goals.

Eating the right food is important.  Exercising helps even more.  If you create a calorie-deficit, you may begin to lose weight. 

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Depending how much weight you have to lose, consistently burning more calories than you consume is necessary to reach your goal weight.  It could be weeks or months before you reach your goal weight. 

When the road gets rocky, it is very important to find a smoother path to your destination.  It could be a small adjustment to your diet.  It may be a change in the exercise you do or when you exercise.

I am on a rocky road now.  I missed my exercise this morning.  I ate a couple things not on my healthy eating plan.  I am working to get myself on a smooth path again.

I have already implemented some changes to my food.  I have replaced salad vegetables with cooked vegetables at lunch.  I’m also trying to determine if I am adding extra calories inadvertently.

Although I like finishing my exercise in the morning, it has been too easy for my obligations to my job to sidetrack my exercise.  I cannot let this happen any longer.  I really want to start the day successfully finishing my exercise.  It could mean I wake up earlier.  I don’t know yet.

I’m open to ideas.  I just want to get things running smoothly again real soon.  What ideas do you have?

Breakfast:  Cinnamon Bun Bar; Egg; Banana; Bread, whole-wheat; Morning Coffee

Morning Snack:  Ham, low-fat; Banana

Lunch:  Beans & Ham Soup; Zucchini, cooked

Afternoon Snack:  Zesty Herb Snack Mix

Dinner:  Rotini with Meatballs and Tomato Sauce; Zucchini, cooked; Mandarin Oranges; Oil, canola, olive, peanut, safflower; Barley, cooked

Dessert:  Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar

Drinks:  Crystal Light

Exercise:  none today.

Pedometer:  ?

Time to Refocus on Health Goals

RefocusI will admit it.  I feel like I have lost my focus, and that is the last thing I want to do.  For many months, I had been totally focused on losing weight and getting healthier, and I have been successful.

For the past couple of weeks or so, maybe even a few weeks, I have let things slip a little bit here and there.  I’ve eaten things that are not part of my plan.  I’ve let some exercise slip.  I don’t like where this is going.

As I have mentioned in the past, I have lost weight before, but I have gained it back.  This needs to be the last time I lose weight.  I don’t want to be any bigger than I am today, and I want to continue to get smaller.

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I have been successful, because I have been following a successful plan.  I am not 100% certain what has caused me to lose my focus.  It could be a combination of things.  Perhaps stress is to blame. 

The cause could be emotional.  I’m not even sure what that means for me.  I’ve watched the Biggest Loser, and that comes up from time to time.  I think I am emotionally ready to be fit.  I think I deserve it.  I can’t see a reason why I wouldn’t want to be thin.

I think my best chance for getting back on track is reviewing both my plan and my goals.  I am changing some of the foods in my healthy eating plan.  I am setting some new goals for intensity on the recumbent bike.  I think the last part of a successful rebound is some progress and soon!

My next step is to record my weight on Saturday morning…whatever it is.  That is my “restarting place”.  I’ll start by being extremely focused for one week.  That’s all I need to worry about now.  Hopefully, I will see something great on the next Saturday when I weigh in again.

We may all need a little bit more help with the emotional part.  Some ideas for questions to consider would be great.  What are some of the emotional issues people face when trying to lose weight?  We may be one question away from uncovering something we need to resolve emotionally.  What questions can we ask ourselves to check our emotional readiness for weight loss success?

Breakfast:  Apple Strudel Bar; Egg; Banana; Morning Coffee; Cracker, Honeymaid Graham Crackers (Nabisco)

Morning Snack:  Ham, low-fat; Banana

Lunch:  Chicken A la King; Cabbage, raw; FF Dressing

Afternoon Snack:  BBQ Soy Chips

Dinner:  Tender Beef with Vegetables; Eggplant, cooked; Mandarin Oranges; Oil, canola, olive, peanut, safflower; Pasta, cooked al dente

Dessert:  Chocolatey Nougat Bar with Peanuts and Caramel

Drinks:  Crystal Light

Exercise:  none today.

Pedometer:  ?


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