I know I say it every week but – Wow! What a week! The cravings have come back with vengence. Since I’m an emotional eater, I immediately thought about a possible trigger. What’s been bringing on these cravings? Why do I want to eat and I don’t mean just a Little Debbie cake, I want to eat the whole box! (And I’m not exaggerating.) The only thing I could think of was the lack of sleep over Easter weekend. I had an excessive amount of work to do and really got overwhelmed in addition to the fact that we were up very early all weekend. So, now I know. I eat when I’m emotional and when I’m dead tired. Do you want to know the really cool thing??? 3 months ago, before I started this journey, I would not have given it a second thought. I would’ve eaten that entire box of Swiss Roll Cakes (my absolute worst weakness) and not wondered about triggers or anything else. I would’ve stuffed my face until I was miserable.
I’m making progress. I’ve been at this for 14 weeks and have lost a total of 25.4 pounds. This past week, I only lost .2. I was disappointed at first but then I thought about this journey as a whole. It’s not a race, it’s a marathon and as long as I’m still moving ahead, I’m winning. It’s when I sit down and give up that I’ve lost. Sure, I’ve lost some momentum and gotten a little frustrated, but I’m still here. I’m still going.
Last week, in my call with Brian, my life coach, I mentioned some things I needed to work on… one being wanting to spend more time with my children. Then I proceeded to give him every reason under the sun that I was “too busy.” His exact words: “Blah! Blah! End of discussion. Just do it!” Don’t you just love him? Geesh! I feel very blessed that I have found somebody who knows me well enough he feels he can kick my rear end into gear. This week, I told him I was fighting those cravings and I felt I was losing some momentum. “The one thing that always works is focusing on all your reasons. Your reasons will always outweigh those temptations.” (Brian Osher) He’s a pretty smart guy, isn’t he? So I’m compiling all my reasons for losing weight into a list this week so it’s convenient to review when I’m losing some momentum. More words of encouragement from Brian:
“Think about what got you committed in the first place. Plan for the obstacles.”
“Get back to the basics, get fired up and make it happen.”
I write all this stuff down in a journal every week to review and keep me going. Journaling has helped tremendously. So has www.myfitnesspal.com where I journal my food and exercise daily. I joined a challenge on that website 2 weeks ago to burn 3500 calories through exercise in 1 week. Since I typically burn 1800 calories in workouts, I wasn’t sure I would be able to reach 3500 but I set that goal and worked towards it. At the end of the week, I did not reach the goal. I burned 3000 calories and I discovered the value of a goal. Sure, I didn’t reach it BUT if I had not joined the challenge and set that goal, I would’ve still been burning 1800 calories.
So with the help of my life coach, I set another goal this week. I weighed in this week at 178.8. My goal this week is to lose 1.8 pounds. I typically don’t set a weekly weight loss goal but this week, it seemed necessary to help me gain some momentum. When I lose 1.8 pounds, I will be EXACTLY at the 1/2 way point…. that’s a good reward. Ahhhhh, the value of a goal…. 🙂
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