Friday, August 28, 2020

How many months have passed, how many times have I started a weight loss journey only to abandon the plan a few days later, how many 5 lbs have I lost and regained over and over?? Too many that’s how many.

On August 12, 2020 I made a commitment to myself to lose not only the Covid weight I gained but the other pounds I put on over the past couple of years. I heard and then read about Intermittent Fasting and rather liked the idea and thought I might as well give it a shot. I decided on the 16/8 plan, didn’t bother to get the actual plan because I’m to cheap to do that, instead I figured if I cut out starches and sweets and ate protein and veggies I should be able to handle that without too much trouble. That was 16 days ago and I’m very pleased with the results - 9 lbs. gone. I haven’t craved sweets, so far anyway, haven’t felt hungry during the fasting hours and best of all the numbers on the scale are getting smaller. I call that success and am in this for the long haul. This time I’m making myself accountable, I’ve told friends that I’m on a mission to lose weight, I’ve posted on Spark People pages and I’ve finally succeeded in losing my 5% during the Summer Challenge. The last bell might be chiming but I did it with a day to spare!! I’ve participated in at least a dozen of those 5% Challenges and never met the mark although I knew that one day I would. I just had to get serious about it. Living the rest of my life doing Intermittent Fasting is not what I intend on doing, I just want to get to my goal weight which is still 18 lbs away, that’s one of my goals.

Right now, for the short term, this plan suits me because there are all those lovely veggies in my garden and fresh fruit is plentiful in the stores. It's what happens after that has me a little worried. I know I will have to control portion sizes if I want to reach my goal weight and most certainly to maintain. I need to work to develop a belief in my ability to overcome all obstacles and succeed. I need to be diligent in my planning and steadfast in following the plan. Once I know where my trouble spots are I can work on strategies, ways to change eating high calorie foods for something lower in calories. I need to make a path, a mental path. I read somewhere “to make a deep mental path we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives” the same goes, I believe for making changes to my eating habits.

I’ve spent numerous hours thinking about how I’m going to do this now that I’ve started the ball rolling and how I will maintain after I do lose the weight. My thoughts are now turning to “Let’s do this one day at a time” instead of fast forwarding to maintenance.

Each day that I proceed on my journey to my short term goal is a success. My short term goal is for that scale to read 175 lbs. After that I will tackle those last 8 lbs and after that I will be on maintenance which is my long term goal.
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    196 days ago
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    Way to Go Verna,
    I also that our mindset in very important. Sticking to the plan and remembering our reasons and being accountable to our selves
    202 days ago
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    emoticon It's a learning process but once we're in the zone, that's where the magic happens. Stay the course and always remember, YOU'RE WORTH IT!! Yessss You Are! emoticon emoticon
    207 days ago
    Interesting that you were doing intermitent--I wasn't exactly, but I sorta was just b/c I wasn't very hungry, and I surprisingly lost well. My daughter and her hubby has done really well. Congratulations on your sucessful 5%,! Thanks for the encouragement on my page!
    225 days ago
    Well, welcome back Verna, so happy to see your blog, and with a great message. I really need to get back to the intermittent eating again. I don't know where I got off track, but I so need to get back at it. I also found it easy and did lose, but with hubby wanting 3 meals a day and always snacks at night is always my down fall, when he has something that I can't refuse. So maybe you have inspired me to get back on that wagon again.
    225 days ago
    emoticon Verna! emoticon

    Happy to hear the intermittent fasting is supporting you. I've essentially been an intermittent faster my entire life and had no idea that the way I ate was a 'thing'. It's the way we were raised: three square, no snacking between meals, no eating after dinner. It's just the way it was and for the most part that's what I've continued to do. Are there times that I don't do it? Of course there are such times! Life is not that rigid.

    You may find that essentially continuing to give your body at least 12 hours of time between your last meal of the previous day and the first meal of the next may be enough for you to sustain your weight loss. That window for me is typically closer to 16 hours. But, there are certainly times that it is less.

    What seems to be important for my body is that my digestion has a break. Grazing through the day is not an eating plan that supports my particular body.

    Best wishes uncovering what supports you best and congratulations on achieving the 5% loss. That is not an easy thing to do in 8 weeks! emoticon

    225 days ago
    225 days ago
    I hear in this blog that you are ‘digging in’ and going for it! Awesome.
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    226 days ago
    You can do this Verna. Hang in there and keep reminding yourself about how successful you have been. If you find yourself slipping back, rely on your friends to help you stick to your goals. Im always going to be here.

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    226 days ago
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