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Timing Is Everything & Baby Steps 2.0

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Timing really IS everything, and if the timing is wrong you can sure set yourself up for failure, which is exactly what I did. I have been off track for the majority of a year. I have had good days, even good weeks, but the bad definitely out numbers the good. So for me picking Dispatcher's Week to really give it a solid effort was one of the dumbest things I could have done.

During the other 51 weeks in the year, there's plenty of stupid goodies hanging around my work place. An on going candy jar, random cakes, cookies and donuts, and of course the nightly chow run and Starbucks run. Well Dispatcher's Week is like that magnified x 100! Each day has a theme, both for how we can dress and what we are going to eat. In addition to the theme of the day there is always extra treats and goodies. Deputies bringing us donuts and all that jazz.

I worked Tuesday-Friday and initially thought I would be able to do pretty well.

Tuesday: Hot dogs/chili dogs and Tourist Day.

^Take note of my epic Luke Bryan wallpaper/desktop! emoticon

Wednesday: Meatball subs & Black & White Day.

^I was super excited to wear my Daryl (The Walking Dead) shirt and my 32 Bridge (Luke Bryan's clothing line) hat!

Thursday: Cake & Ice Cream and regular Free Dress Day. (Okay it was actually full uniform day for Day Shift because the Sheriff came for the Dispatcher of The Year Ceremony but the night crew got to wear free dress, woop woop!)

Friday: Pizza Day & Crazy Hat Day!

So my first instinct was "this week will be easy! I don't eat meat!" So obviously no meatball sub for me, no chili hot dogs, and I figured all the pizza would be covered in meat. The cake is nothing special and doesn't tempt me I thought at best maybe I'd have an ice cream drumstick and call it a day.

Oh how wrong! Tuesday night they brought donuts, fresh and delicious, I had 2. If you win the word search you get candy, great, so I have had plenty of candy over the last few days.

Wednesday I was not at all tempted by meatballs, but was genius enough to make some nachos with leftovers from nacho day which was Monday!

Thursday I was not at all tempted by the nasty cake, did have a drumstick ice cream cone... but then it was a coworkers birthday and the cake they got for him was magnificent, yep, fail!

Friday they did in fact order a cheese pizza which I definitely ate 3 pieces.

It is no wonder my body is not happy at all. If you are what you eat, I'm a giant donut, wearing a pizza hat, dressed in M&M's! emoticon

The part that frustrated me is in years past I never went this far off the deep end. Once I had began losing weight, those things were much less tempting and I could kind of control it to maybe one donut and one other treat during the week and just stick with eating my own food.

I realize now the difference was I was on track back then. I was in a good place mentally. My inner brat essentially said "You've been eating like crap for almost a year, so why in the world would you choose this week with all these amazing goodies to get back on track?" It makes sense in a twisted way. Had I gotten back on track in the weeks prior, I might have had greater success avoiding this goodies. But since I have been messing up for so long it made it so simple to say "well we will deal with it later." Well today is Saturday, I am off and it is later! I found myself wanting to go get some sort of junky fast food, despite the fact my tummy is not a fan. So I really had to sit down and work this out in my mind...

I have been off track for the majority of a year. I am not going to be able to launch right back into the habits when I was kicking a$$ and taking names a couple years back. When I started my journey March of 2012 I did baby steps, at a snails pace. It looked something like this.

Step 1: Start drinking more water.
Step 2: Learn how to track your food (even if you eat 3000 cals, track it!)
Step 3. Start tracking water and making sure you are getting enough.
Step 4: Start moving (Leslie Sansone Walk Away The LBS, 15 mins was all I could do)
Step 5: Start getting your calories in the recommended range.

That was essentially it. From there, the activity became more and more, the water became automatic, the tracking and staying in range was automatic eventually as well. Those steps took months and months to master and move on to doing more. If I had tried to do all those things at once I surely would have been overwhelmed and failed. But because I broke them down in such easy steps, it made it that much easier to get the job done.

I was 272 pounds then, I was overwhelmed by the weight I had to lose. I am 227 this morning, and I am overwhelmed by the weight I now have to lose again. So I will do the baby steps, but these are baby steps 2.0 and they aren't going to require the same amount of time to get them all under control. I would say in a couple short months I could have things back in place, IF I am willing to do the WORK!

So baby steps 2.0:
1. Track water, track food and cut out all greasy fast food (for REAL-SIES this time!).
2. Be active 30 minutes per day.
3. Get calories in the proper range.
4. Strength train at least 2x per week.

I am not the same person I was in 2012, and I don't feel I need the steps broken down any farther than that. But this idea that I am going to dive back in and have it ALL TOGETHER is just not working for me. So it's time to break it down and get back to that happy place where healthy living is automatic.

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    Great plan! emoticon
    1888 days ago
    Glad that week is over! Like reading about your plan. I need to get back to being sensible too. Knees are starting to complain, so it is my wake-up call.
    1888 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
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    1889 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    emoticon and you will!!! emoticon
    1890 days ago
    1890 days ago
    I felt the same way when I was trying to get back on track after only 2-3 months of being off track and struggling, so I can imagine what it feels like for a longer period of time. I wanted to be able to launch right back in but it did indeed take baby steps, and I'm STILL working on those baby steps with my eating right now, three months after making good mental and physical progress getting back on track. It is definitely best to do it in small steps and work your way back up again :) You will get it done, as long as you don't stop trying you will find the way back to where you were!
    1890 days ago
    Great blog!! Great plan! emoticon
    1890 days ago
    This sounds like a do able plan. But if it is too much - scale back even further. Even if you just track everything no matter how many calories for one week - you'll be on firmer ground.

    you can do this, sweetie.
    1890 days ago
    Those baby steps sound like a great plan. emoticon one day at a time. emoticon
    1890 days ago
    Having a plan is good. You did it before, you can do it again!! You got this!!!

    1890 days ago
    O. yes! I totally relate. The nurses "chill room" is always full of a hideous supply of candy, cake and otherwise unhealthy, high calorie foods and heaven help us when Nurses week rolls around and for my team there's also certification week and Oncology nurses week. Back to basics, "baby steps 2.0!

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    1890 days ago
    I love this blog!! You can do it!
    1890 days ago
    I love your thinking...baby steps 2.0! Very doable! Good for you! And your last quote...perfect!
    Love your "Crazy Hat" picture! Awesome look!
    1890 days ago
    An opera singer starts with one small breath in. (After years of work and training) And then the world hears beauty. After we go off track, we don't ever start back at square one, because we learn a boatload every time we fall off the wagon. So yup, Baby Steps 2.0 time. You've got this. And you know you can do it. And you know you need to, and want to, and it is time. When you see that amazing, glossy, mouthwatering donut (or whatever is singing it's siren song to you), stop for just a second, take a breath, and imagine how you will feel 2 hours after you eat it. If you don't imagine you will feel light, energetic and happy, it is a message that is not the thing you really want right now because it will not make you feel good, or give you pleasure afterwards, which lasts a whole lot longer than the taste in your mouth will. emoticon emoticon
    1890 days ago
    ((((HUGS)))) Lots of lessons here and I'm glad you shared!
    1890 days ago
    I always enjoy learning more about you and really love your blogs when you come to what I think is the right conclusion. I like how you broke down the steps originally and then in the new steps you were able to combine some of those same steps because you know know know that you can do those steps from previous experience. Good for you!
    Keep up the good work Stephanie!

    1890 days ago
    1890 days ago
    Baby steps. Years ago my husband's doctor told him he needed to lose 25 pounds, at the time he weighed 375! My husband laughed at the 25. The wise doc told him if he learned how to lose 25 pounds, he would also learn how to lose the other 125! There is something to be said about baby steps! I need to apply that to my 90 to go! BTW, cute outfits, you do always manage to have fun!
    1890 days ago
    Baby steps 2.0, yes please! Ultimately this all comes down to what we have learned from all of our living...and applying this in the choices we make. Is there a once and for all time when it "clicks" and becomes the forever way we want and choose to live? I sure hope so. Every choice matters, so do you...baby steps! emoticon
    1890 days ago
    I think you are wise... It's hard not to try to leap back in at the level you were a while ago... But the habits have been lost. I think the only way to do it is to start from scratch, as you suggest. Give yourself time to re-establish good habits, one at a time. Though you are probably right that you can progress more quickly.
    1890 days ago
    I love your way with words.

    "If you are what you eat, I'm a giant donut, wearing a pizza hat, dressed in M&M's!"

    I'm going to imagine myself wearing a cape of Pringles potato chips glued together with icing.
    (I always want the end piece of cake with all the icing)

    One more time I will say that you are smart to be aware of your habits and resolve to follow a new path while you're young. Your future self will thank you.
    (End of Grandma's advice)
    1890 days ago
    You are so right Steph....you didn't gain it all in 1 day so don't expect the same time frame to lose it....the smallest changes done consistently create that habit...the habits are what creates a healthy lifestyle.
    1890 days ago
    You definitely have the right idea. There's a great Ted Talk that discusses Tiny Habits. Also, if you listen to podcasters, you might find some inspiration at primalpotential.com. some of the struggles you mentioned are precisely what she focuses on.

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    1890 days ago
    I had a bad day yesterday, so I'll be working at getting back in the sand;e today...stress eating is my downfall!Baby steps is right for me too!
    1890 days ago
    start small & keep at it & stay away from junk including cake candy etc easy to say but hard to do
    1890 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    I'll be tip toeing through the simple steps with you! I think you are right about it being "easier" in the beginning when it's all new and we seriously take the steps slowly and mindfully. By now we Know what to do and keep thinking I'll get it together tomorrow!! We just need to take it slow and get into routine! emoticon
    1890 days ago
    emoticon I get overwelmed as well if I sit and think about the bigger picture. I think most people probably do. I have well over 100lbs to loose and it drives me crazy. We got this baby steps ! emoticon Enjoy rest of your weekend !
    1891 days ago
    Oh well... sounds like a really difficult week food-wise,
    next week must be quite easy compared to this food environment!
    You have a great plan.
    1891 days ago
    emoticon blog!! You are so good to be able to break down the steps you need to follow to reach your goals. There was a Rakin Bass Christmas special, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" with a song called "Put One Foot in Front of the Other"
    which says taking small steps gets you where you want to go:

    1891 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    Good luck, you can do it. It's good to draw a line under the week's eating! emoticon
    1891 days ago
    If you are willing to do the work.... Key!!! I think start with Baby Steps 2.0 and if cutting all greasy junk food out is not working or any other of the baby step goals, cut the steps down to even babier steps! You can do this!!
    1891 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    You're right! Maybe that's why I'm not having success. I need to take BABY steps. Just focus on the small things first. It really means starting from the beginning again. I've been walking and I've got the water down. I need to track my nutrition. That's the toughest and the most important. Without tracking I don't lose weight. I hate tracking. Oh, pooh . . .
    1891 days ago
    Many of us have been in the same place that you are in now. For me , it was several times until 2 years ago when I returned to Spark People for the third time.

    Now I maintain after finally losing again.
    I returned and started from scratch taking baby steps until I gained momentum.You CAN do this!
    Wishing you all the best in getting back on track and reclaiming your healthylifestyle.

    Hugs Susan emoticon

    1891 days ago
  • MOMREN86
    I have been where you are. I had lost 39lbs and then when my mom got cancer I gain it all back plus some to boot. It took me a long time to find the right frame of mind. I have lost 26lbs since Sept. Baby stepping it all the way. Hang in there.🙌
    1891 days ago
    I agree we start small. Whether we are starting, or re-starting. We need that small success to build back up to the kicking tushie and taking names. And you WILL! Let's re-build together. We got this! We totally got this!
    1891 days ago
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