IF NOT NOW WHEN??
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.