Striving for Patience

I’m trying really hard to not be frustrated with my weight loss right now. I’ve been solidly on my loss weight/get healthy plan for close to a year now and, while I certainly feel like it’s been a success, I also feel like I’ve spent more time in plateaus than I have actually losing weight. I will say that I have continuously lost inches, but even that is dramatically slower than it was.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I know things slow down and I know I’ll have to consistently change things up to keep seeing success. Plateaus don’t even really bother me. I consider them to be practice for the maintenance I’ll have to do once I hit my goal weight/size. What does bother me, though, is that I’ve suddenly started gaining weight.

I don’t feel like I’ve resumed unhealthy habits but maybe I’m just not seeing it. I’m trying to pay attention to the food I eat and the accuracy in how I log it all in case there’s something I’m doing unintentionally to throw things off. 

The only other thing I can think of is that I’ve recently started working out more in preparation for an obstacle course race I’m doing in March. It’s possible that’s  causing me to build muscle and, as a result, gain weight. But if that were the case I feel like I should be seeing a more dramatic change with inches and how my clothes fit, which isn’t happening.

Ultimately, the important thing is I’m not giving up. I’m going to keep trying things and tweaking what I do until I find that next perfect combination. I just don’t want to go backwards while I try to figure that out.

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A Stress-Free Approach to Weight Loss

A stress-free approach to weight loss – does it really exist? As I begin this challenge, my intention is to make this experience as stress-free as possible, especially when it comes to food. Like most everyone else, I’ve done the whole circus of dieting that requires counting every calorie, calculating every ounce of protein consumed, and weighing food down to the very last peanut I pop in my mouth. There is nothing more maddening than expending every ounce of your energy making sure you eat everything exactly right, only to see nothing change on the scale! *Sigh* Woo-sah…

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The same thing can be said of other aspects of getting healthy. I said in another blog post that I’m a natural planner. What that has often meant in the past is that I go from zero to crazy when it comes to “changing my lifestyle.” I find myself in a slump and suddenly I’m mapping out the exact plan for how I’m going to turn it all around:

  • Work out 5-6 days a week? Check!
  • Eat no more than 1200 calories a day? Check!
  • Avoid ALL desserts? Heck yes!
  • Drink 64 oz of water per day? Of course!
  • Cut out every form of junk food? Why not?!
  • Commit to all of this 100% on day one with no exceptions? Duh!

I’m so determined to do everything perfectly that I become perfectly stressed and eventually I find myself back on my perfect couch with a perfectly delicious bowl of ice cream in my hand.

The same can be said about other aspects of my life. I’ve thought of starting a blog so many times before but I’ve never followed through. In fact, I currently have three other blogs created under my account, some of which never even made it to a first post. To make it worse, I actually started a weight loss blog about a year and a half ago. You can see how successful that was. And what’s the main reason? I wanted everything to be perfect. I had to know exactly what I was going to write and how to make my blog soar to the top of the search engines. My need to have everything exactly right made me fail before I even began.

Only once before have I managed to be stress-free about getting healthy. It was a wonderful time! I saw consistent weight loss on the scale, eventual drops in pant sizes, and I felt better physically because of my improved fitness. That is the type of weight loss I’m looking for this time around. It’s all about finding that balance. I’m not going to deprive myself of having a hot dog if I’m going to a baseball game. Instead, maybe I’ll just do my best to be healthier the rest of the day, knowing that I have that glorious hot dog waiting for me at the stadium.

I’m looking also looking to be just as laid back with this blog. Some days I won’t know what I’m going to write about or the word just won’t come out right. That’s okay – I just have to keep plugging away.

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Who knows if this approach will work for me? I’m only a week into this challenge, after all. There is still plenty of time for me to crash and burn. In a few months I may be curled in the fetal position in the corner of my apartment, rocking back and forth and on the verge of insanity because I’ve lost no weight at all and the blog has gone down in flames. But for now, I feel very confident and relaxed about my decision and the direction I’m going in. *Siiigh* Wooooo-sah! 🙂