WEEK EIGHT WEIGH-IN RESULTS
02ND MARCH 2020
Happy March 2020 everyone!
Today I can report a weight loss of 0.2 lbs. I know, I am scraping through these weigh-ins by the skin of my teeth.
I had a bit of a cry yesterday as I genuinely felt like I was on the verge of completely giving up on this new lifestyle thing. This past week I have felt so low that I could not be bothered to even try. Whether that be to shop well, eat well or participate in anything self-care related.
I’m not going to lie, that is a thought process that remains as I write this post today. And, it’s a feeling that has been lingering a while and one of the main reasons why I decided that returning to therapy was necessary as I mentioned at week five weigh-in.
Luckily, I had a call last night from my good ole Ma and Pa and had we had a good chat through things. The main topic of conversation was around choice.
IS WEIGHT LOSS A CHOICE?
For many of us, weight loss IS a choice. Obviously, I’m not grouping people who have medical conditions into this statement. I’m talking about an otherwise healthy individual.
If I always have the option to make a choice, then any reason I have for not losing weight is an excuse. Whether you consider those excuses to be valid or total rubbish, nonetheless they are still excuses.
When I saw my therapist last week, she asked, “Are you going to answer your own question?”. She was referring to the week six weigh-in post where I asked “From eating well to a good skincare routine to keeping up with the housework, I struggle to focus on more than one thing at a time. What is that? Excuses? Overwhelm? Lack of planning?“
It’s now clear to me that ‘excuses’ was the answer.
So the truth of the matter is if I was to make the right choices most of the time and avoid making excuses, then being at my bodies optimum weight is absolutely achievable. The dream of weight loss is not like having a goal to be an A-list movie star where your chances of success are stacked high against you.
Weight loss IS ACHIEVABLE by consistently making the RIGHT CHOICES, and SUCCESS IS AVAILABLE to EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US.
I think that’s important to remember because I always feel like weight loss is not possible for me.
BUT THEN, WHY IS IT SO HARD TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES?
I’m going to be totally honest here and say how I feel at this moment. I don’t want to be fat and unhealthy and I don’t want to feel ashamed of myself and feel embarrassed when I go out of the house. And, it breaks my heart that I’m buying men’s 6XL sweatshirts because that’s the only thing that will fit me right now.
So, if that’s how I feel, why do I find making the right choices so darn hard? Surely it should be a clear choice.
According to Counselling Psychotherapist Susi Lodola in an interview with The Irish Times, she says that “The reason various diet and exercise programmes do not show positive long-term results in weight loss is that they do not address underlying issues of why you overeat and how your mind is key to changing your relationship with food.”
Susi Lodola goes on to talk about how building mental strength, changing your habits and reconditioning your brain are all important steps when it comes to making the necessary changes needed for successful, long-term weight loss.
GETTING BACK INTO A WEIGHT LOSS MINDSET
This week it’s essential to focus on my mindset so that I can practice making the right choices more consistently because I do believe that weight loss is a choice. I’m going to:
- Keep a food diary – to be more mindful of what I’m eating and to prompt me into thinking more about the choices I’m making.
- Meal plan & do an online grocery shop – not going to the supermarket will help me avoid the temptations while I’m feeling vulnerable.
- Throw out temptations – I’ve built up quite the collection of unhealthy treats over the last couple of weeks that need to go!
- Get outside every day – fresh air helps me to think more clearly and an excellent form of exercise.
- Push forward with nutrition course – learning more about nutrition will help me improve my diet and create a more balanced lifestyle.
The list includes new goals and things I’d planned but not stayed on top of. I will concentrate on these five tasks and then reflect next week to see if any have helped or not.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. Please leave a note if you’re on a journey of your own, I’d love to hear from you. Any advice and tips on handling cravings are more than welcome!
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