This week was a repeat of my less-than-so-so last week.
When I look back, I can see I am headed back to my old eating style. I have found I make excuses or justify what I am eating even when, in my head, I have the discussion on what I know is right. And what I am doing is not right.
The only thing that is keeping me from gaining weight is doing some of the proper things. When I look back, I can't put my finger on any one thing that is pushing me from doing the right things. Is it lack of willpower? Oh, I suppose, but more than that.
Losing 27 pounds has allowed me to feel much better physically. My clothes now fit, and my belt is on a lower notch. But my goal and plan is to be 100 down, and I am in a stall mode. I am no longer "just doing it." I am sure many of you in the "Biggest Loser" contest share my struggle. You start off good, have a little success, and then nothing, typically followed by "back to the same old habits," and the weight goes back on.
So I am going to do what I know I should do this week. I will get back into the full plan: eat the right foods, in the right amounts, in the right combination, at the right times. Plus, I'll get back into FitQuest for my proper workouts.
Life has been very busy, but we all know that is just another lame excuse, and the results are obvious. I - and those of you in the same position - need to stop whining, stop with the excuses and get back to "just doing it."
I am 6 pounds off my yearlong schedule. Being behind is not a huge deal, but falling further behind will at some point make success an impossible challenge. As Joan from FitQuest told me in the beginning, "you will have ups and downs, times of no loss, and times of complete mess ups, but if you can pull yourself back in the game and not let guilt let you quit, you will win. You will lose the weight and get into the shape you want to be in." Good advice and a great trainer.
The experts, when I look back, allowed me to create a base of better habits for eating and exercise. Now, I need to go back with a full commitment and let them help me build more good habits. After December 20th, I will have lost 100 pounds and be in good shape. But life goes on. I will need to have made real and complete lifelong eating and exercising changes to keep up the new me. I had better let the trainers do their job to get me on that lifelong track.
I think many of you trying to lose weight and get in shape have the same problems. You stall, lose focus, and as I have done in the past, give up. Well, not this time. I am not going to give up, and I hope you won't either.
If you have almost quit but pushed through to succeed and want to share how you did it, go to our Web site and send me an e-mail with "what or how you did it."
As Tim Allen in the movie Galaxy Quest said, "never give up, never surrender." Make this week a good week.
GARY WALTERS writes a weekly column in the Neighbors section regarding his progress in the Kinship Wellness Challenge. To learn more go to www.brainerddispatch.com and then to the KINSHIP CHALLENGE link or www.kinshippartners.org.
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