When I started this blog in 2010, I was on a roll! I felt I had words of wisdom to share with everyone who either had been or currently was in the same ‘boat’ as me…
Perhaps I became overly confident. Or maybe I took my progress for granted. I have also thought that perhaps I had seen my efforts as a “program” rather than a “lifestyle change”. I am not sure what caused it, but I have backslid for sure!
As of September 2010, I had lost 45 pounds. As of today, (May 3, 2017), I have gained 21 of those pounds back.
Sobering, isn’t it? Disheartening…shame on me.
But enough of me giving myself grief. Instead, I am recommitting with my primary objective that this time, I am here to stay. And this time, it isn’t going to be a “diet and fitness” program. This time, it is going to be a true lifestyle change. I am getting older (I turn 49 this year), and I don’t want to lose my vitality as I age.
It occurred to me that since I am approaching this transformation as a lifestyle change (instead of a diet program), that I have to be prepared for some backsliding…at least on a minor scale. After all, since this isn’t a program with a definite end (like all diets are), isn’t it realistic that I may get sick and not be able to exercise for a few days while I recover? Or that I may be invited to dinner and be presented with food and drink that doesn’t fit into my definition of clean and healthy? Or that I will go visit my Mom and she will make my favorite chocolate cake?
You get the point.
Whatever the bump or hiccup, there are a few preemptive steps I will be prepared to take which will quickly get me back on course.
- First – I will donate my “fat jeans”. If I know that becoming chubby means I have to spend money to buy a new wardrobe, I will be motivated to return to my healthy lifestyle quickly.
- Second – I will get my husband on board. In the past, my husband was never a part of my diet programs. This time, however, I have discussed my desire to improve both of our health through a lifestyle change…and he is 100% on board! Since I have made a commitment to him (and him to me), I have no doubt I will be much more motivated to stay on course.
- Third – I have gotten rid of anything that might tempt me. That is it…gotten rid of the wine, no sugar laden snacks and treats are stashed in the pantry, and no chips or other junk can be found in my house. It is all gone and the reality is if it isn’t there, I won’t eat it. And my husband won’t eat it. It really is that simple.
I look forward to working with you as we Break the Pound Barrier together!