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Turnaround

Sunday, November 10, 2019

I had a bit of a slow down in September and couldn't seem to get my act together. I was so busy and stressed that I let my good habits fall by the wayside. Before I knew it, I had gained 5 pounds!

I took a step back and realized that I had not been consistently tracking. So my first goal was to track consistently for two weeks to see what my patterns had become. I didn't try to change my habits at that time - I just wanted the feedback.

I was eating more substantial portions and way too many carbs. And I was not getting my workouts in because I had too many after school activities. So, I used the feedback from those two weeks of tracking to make some changes.

I started measuring my foods, I reduced stress as best I could, and I started walking during my planning period instead of waiting until after school. I do my strength training in the mornings. After the first two weeks, the gaining stopped, but it didn't go down either. BUT, that third week, I saw the turnaround. I am happy to report that the scale started to move down again.

In the meantime, I went back to look at some logs and journal entries from last year - I wanted to see what I was doing when I was at my most successful. You know what? Last year, where I am now is the goal I had set for myself at that time.

I learned that maybe the scale isn't as important as the healthy choices and habits. The scale is just the measure of a symptom. It is there to remind me to reflect on my choices. For me, the best indicator of how I am doing is the feedback provided by tracking.
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