Jumping in after a long day for a weigh in update. It was another good week on the scale. As much as it is a pain to be relosing weight I lost once before, I continue to be glad that I have found my tracking, eating mojo once more. The fact that I am stepping up my activity also seems to be helping.
88.4 lbs lost on WW to date (124 lbs total)
I’ll definitely take it.
With the race and just general busy life I earned more activity points this last week than I have in a while. As a result I think I was hungrier, but I also had better results on the scale.
As a result my focus for this week, besides tracking everything as I always do, is to get in my 10,000 steps for a whole week. Honestly, this is a real stretch goal for me. Life is crazy it seems and I just don’t quite know how it might happen yet, however I made it work today and made it past 10,000 steps. So Day 1 is a success.
Having 2.5 hours on my feet during my ministry programs tonight sure does help with that though. Still, goal met so I will celebrate today’s effort.
One thing I have been thinking about a lot this week is a quotation I saw from one of the HoNY (Humans of New York) posts on Facebook.
I am mesmerized by the idea of my short term self and my long term self. It makes complete sense to me. I struggle with the perspective to keep my long term goals in the forefront of my mind, when it comes to food I have been a short term thinker for so long that I am changing deeply ingrained habits. The part of me that has perspective about food has decayed and I am having to rebuilt it one plank at a time.
For me it is not partying, at least not in the sense of booze, drugs, or losing my inhibitions. For me it is cookies and cake, chips and cheese and all sorts of other foods. I can count on one hand how many foods in the world I have discovered that I truly don’t like (cooked salmon, canned tuna, mango, and probably something else I am forgetting). The problem is liking it too much.
So I am doing the work training my brain to think about my long term self and to learn to shut down the parts of my head that say “EAT ALL THE THINGS.” It is not an easy task, but a necessary one. That is one of the reasons that I like Weight Watchers – it teaches me to think about portions and choices as much as about the foods that I eat. I could eat clean or paleo or some other restrictive diet and still gain weight because I enjoy nuts, meat, veggies, etc. For me the key is in managing my portions and learning to make choices that fill me up and satisfy me within the reasonable amount. And I have 66 weeks of proof that when I do the program, the program works.
So onward and downward I go. Allons-y.