Getting back into the swing of things…

27 07 2011

Vacations are a curious thing… you leave behind the daily grind with expectations of relaxation and peace. But the truth of the matter is, it’s simply a different location with a different “grind”. Don’t get me wrong, I had a wonderful week at the beach. It was relaxing, and refreshing, and very needed. But I sometimes wonder if we don’t build it up so much that there is no way it can ever be what we’re expecting.

Sometimes I find this true of diet and exercise as well. You get in your mind a certain number or measurement. You have a date in your mind that determines success or failure. We build it up, and plan and track and do everything we think we should to ensure success. But sometimes, our expectations fall by the wayside as we learn to deal with the different nuances of each day in the life of a health plan.

Sometimes, rather than setting myself up for success, I end up causing my own failures by setting unrealistic expectations on myself and my body. I use other’s interpretations and tools to try to measure my success and it just doesn’t work. I pick a date, a number of pounds or inches to be lost, and I go go go never really analyzing each step of the process to make sure that it’s actually working for me.

I look at BMI calculators, and wonder if I’ll ever be out of the “obese” category. My mom and I have the same height and build. When she weight 175 she was so skinny it was almost too skinny. But when I look at the BMI calculator, 175 leaves me on the wrong side of “obese”. So, do I go by the measurements and say so of others, or do I take it one day at time and find what works for me?

I think that the focus and drive we put into our dieting can be integral to our success. But it can also be detrimental. When we don’t allow any wiggle room, any room for trial and error we are setting ourselves for failure.

Like a vacation, we can plan every minute of each day, but you can’t account for the flight delays, language barriers, and myriad other things that try to remind us that we need to stop and smell the roses.

Having a plan is crucial, but having flexibility is key. I need to learn how to allow for those moments that go outside of my plan. I need to let go of the all or nothing thinking.

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It’s been too long!

15 07 2011

Last week was a rough one for me. I was emotional, I was discouraged, and I gained a little at my weigh in. I’ve learned some things through it, and am trying to make some decisions and take some steps to help me work through the mental part of my overeating. It’s a lot tougher than I thought…

This weeks weigh in I had a small loss, and I wanted to jump up and down! I was so discouraged and was SURE that I had to have gained about 3 pounds. Lo and behold I lost 0.8 pounds! Hey, it went down, that’s all I care about! 🙂

Next week I’ll be on vacation at the beach. I’m going to do my best to enjoy everything in MODERATION. That is not my forte. I overindulge and tend to have “all or nothing” thinking. My focus is going to be to enjoy my vacation, but not go crazy. If I want something, I’ll have it. But I’ll have a taste rather than a tray! 🙂