10 Things I need to remember as I journey once again to lose weight
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
This morning I got on the scale. I was shocked by the number as it was the most I have EVER weighed. Almost eleven years ago I started this journey with SparkPeople when the number was 10 pounds less, and I was shocked then, too.
10 years ago, I reached my goal weight. I don't know how long I stayed there because we moved the next year and I started to gain weight all over again (thank you Esther Price and Skyline Chili!).
But today's number is just, well, unbelievable for me. I weigh more than my husband. I can't do this, or I will become as obese as my mother was, with all the related health conditions. I keep thinking that I could not possibly get as overweight as my mother, but I am now thinking that it is possible.
But I do not have to let that happen. First, I have SparkPeople! The guided nutrition plan is so helpful for me! It's worked before, and it will work again.
Second, I have learned things along the way, such as such as these 10 things:
1. If I feel hungry, drink some water. I may be dehydrated, and thirst causes the same feelings as hunger.
2. Remember my goals, and know that that extra bite of food will not help me achieve those goals.
3. Exercise is important, not for weight loss as much as for overall health.
4. "Eat the frog." Exercise first thing in the morning--even just a walk, or some time on the stationary bike. Try to do this everyday. A break day is okay, but because I am "move resistant" I think I have to be more consistent. I get up to have my quiet time every morning, so why not exercise every morning?
5. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13) I am not on this journey alone. Learning self-discipline is important for my spiritual journey as well as my physical journey. "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3)
6. It is not an impossible goal to lose weight.
7. I have control over my mind. I can't control the thoughts that come into my head, but I can refuse them a landing strip.
8. God is absolutely in control of this situation, and He will teach me new things as I grow closer to Him.
9. I am growing stronger every day as I make better choices. It will become easier to make the right choices if I stick with it.
10. I can make this fun! It doesn't have to be drudgery!