This morning I weighed 213 pounds.
I'M SO EXCITED!
However, twice in the last 20+ years, I have gotten down in the low 200's - then sabotaged myself.
Seventeen years ago, I got down to 211 on Jenny Craig - then blew it off.
Six years ago, I got down to 203 on Weight Watchers, exercise, and Topamax - then blew it off.
How can I do something different this time?
Here are some strategies that I'm going to use within the next week to keep myself motivated and on-track:
1. Focus on exercise this week. I still don't have ANY feelings of actually "liking" any kind of exercise - though I do like how my body feels at night when I get into bed after exercising that day. I want to commit to the following strategies for the next five days:
* Monday - Jazzercise at school
* Tuesday - Core Flex at the Y
* Wednesday - Jazzercize at school
* Thursday - Core Flex at the Y
I'd also like to add going to the pool at least once this week and walking on the canyon rim trail FOR THE FIRST TIME this week.
2. DRINK WATER! Water drinking is so difficult for me and I know that it is important. I drink lots of Crystal Light lemonade that has lots of water in it, but I still think I need PLAIN WATER.
* Drink at least two of my green water bottles full of plain water a day. That's still not enough but it's better than none.
3. There is going to be lots of food and alcohol at next Sunday's Super Bowl party. I know that Jen will make AMAZINGLY EXCELLENT GOODIES that I will want to cram in my mouth.
* Remember that I don't crave sweets like some people do. I can do with a BITE. (Yes, you really can, Jenny. You just sometimes THINK you are a big sweet eater, BUT YOU'RE NOT!)
* Take two or three pomegranates to eat during the game. They are time consuming, hand-using, and good.
I'm excited about this week and the adventures that it will hold. Dinner with the Tuggles, dinner with Cathy, play rehearsal, time spent with Judy, Kara's birthday, Topper Review, Super Bowl.........
Each week that I'm successful motivates me to try the next week and to meet my challenges head on.
Here's some challenges that I know of during the next two or three months:
1. I want to be emotionally and physically available for my friend, Judy, who is undergoing chemotherapy. I don't want to deal with my sadness and anxiety about her by eating.
2. In March, I go for my two year uterine cancer check-up. On a core, dark, scary, mythological level in my head, I still associate weight loss with ill health - and being 'fat and sassy' as good health. (I mean, do you ever think of Santa Claus as sick?) I know that is one of my "myths", but it still rears it's head at times - especially when it's time for my nerve-racking oncology appointments.
3. I want to spend Spring Break in Texas visiting relatives and friends. I tend to do everything BIG (and obliviously) when in Texas - eat, drink, laugh, spend........ I must have temperance in Texas.
tem·per·ance [tem-per-uhns, tem-pruhns] noun
1. moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control.
2. habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or passion,
especially in the use of alcoholic liquors.
What are you excited about this week and what strategies are you going to use to make it successful - in WHATEVER you're trying to do?