Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Stay Focused

Yesterday was another "re-start" of sorts. Although I never *quit*, I had slacked. I had let my good habits slide. And while I am not a fan of waiting until Monday/next month/January 1 to start eating right, I AM a big fan of re-starts. We all mess up, and if we don't keep on starting again, we fail. So the only difference between my re-starts now and my re-starts 5 years ago is the timing. I used to wait days or weeks or months to re-start; now I do it ASAP, sometimes daily. Being able to switch back to healthy eating after a bad meal or bad day is, I think a key to success. Being able to string together good days is a really important thing to master. That's my goal here: a string of really good days.

I learned something yesterday as I was going through my day, eating healthy and exercising. Often people wonder about how to stay motivated, how to get "in the zone" of losing weight. It really does seem to be a mindset... even a switch in my head that goes back and forth between Fat Girl and Healthy Girl. If I can keep that switch from flipping back and forth, I do better. What I learned is that I need to stay focused. Focus is the one thing that kept me on plan all day. I did not let myself start thinking about junk food or allow myself to contemplate going out for lunch or dinner. I did not entertain the thought of eating "just one" of those banana chocolate chip muffins I made for the kids, because I know I cannot stop at one. I kept my focus on what I needed to do. I didn't let my attention wander to stuff that would distract me from my goal. And it felt great. It felt like I had Healthy Girl back. She is strong and she is focused.

Here's what my day looked like, for those of you who are interested in menus:

Breakfast: the usual (chai tea with skim milk, Kashi oat waffle with 1T peanut butter and a handful of fresh blueberries on top, iced green tea)

Morning snack: fresh pear from the Farmer's Market

Lunch: big taco salad (lots of romaine, sauteed red and green peppers, some leftover lean ground beef, a small bit of leftover fat free beans, a bit of grated 2% cheddar, lots of salsa, and a dollop of light sour cream.) Iced green tea.

Afternoon snacks: cantaloupe and 6 almonds; handful of fresh, local purple grapes; 2 sliced peaches with a sprinkle of granola and skim milk.

Dinner: Labor Day BBQ! Grilled Flat Iron steak, grilled veggies (red and green peppers, sweet onions, and zucchini), and a half ear of corn on the cob with a little butter and salt. Iced green tea.

I really enjoyed my food yesterday. I drank lots of water, too. And I biked for 30 minutes, lifted weights for 20 minutes, and took a 15-minute walk after dinner. These are the things that let me lose 64 pounds. I am back on track.

I got a lot done, too. Made my pitcher of green tea for the fridge, did a couple loads of laundry, washed my sheets (nothing says "I Love You" to yourself like clean sheets!), cleaned and cooked some kale, washed out the fridge, and general housework. I did not sit nearly as much as I have been sitting, and I had to take some Advil because my knees were aching. I have to watch it, so I don't end up limping around for days.

Anyway I feel good about things now. I have to say that I feel so great when I ride my bike in the morning rather than putting it off for later (and later never comes, sometimes). It's a challenge with a 3-year-old, but if I can get on that (stationary) bike for 30 minutes in the morning, it sets the tone for my whole day. I also LOVE how I feel after I lift weights. I just do simple stuff with hand weights and some sit-ups and counter push-ups, but when I am done I feel STRONG. I really do. Amazing. If you have not started lifting weights, try it!! Get a couple of books (like Weight Training for Dummies or something basic) or look up weight videos on sparkpeople.com, and get started. It just feels so empowering. It practically eliminates fat-girl-brain (at least for awhile) because MY fat girl does NOT lift weights!! That is a healthy girl behavior! It does not mix well with binging.

This morning I am down a pound to 224. Good enough for me. On to Day 2! I have my sights set on next summer... me with a healthy BMI. How about you?

18 comments:

Ranaesheart said...

Good for you Ms Healthy Girl! When I have trouble with motivation, I head to youtube and watch some inspirational/motivational videos and weight loss success stories. Puts me right back in the correct frame of mind and jump starts my "can do" attitude ... just like that "can do" attitude you're sharing!!! Yeah Youuuu!!! (((Hugs))) Ranae

ryry the adventurous said...

Most excellent!!! I ended up with a gain this month too... wasn't too happy about it, but what are you going to do but keep going and kick butt doing it?

And you kick some serious butt. :)

Ceres said...

Way to go! Doesn't it feel great to get back on track and regain control? I'm right there with you, and I'm super happy for you, keep it up!

MizFit said...

and it is amazing how swiftly next summer will be here, huh?

here's to an on track fall winter and spring!

Pubsgal said...

Hurrah!!! I agree with Ranae, reading about others' successes helps me stay motivated, too. I'm enjoying reading about your journey.

spunkysuzi said...

Sounds like you had a great day yesterday!
And i'm so with you on "i can't just have one".
I know some people can but me, no way ;(

Middle-Aged College Student said...

ceres pretty much said what I wanted to day. I really believe it's that kind of mindset that brings results. You have a wonderful attitude!

Chubby Chick said...

You go, Healthy Girl! I'm looking forward to celebrating with you next summer when you have that "normal" BMI! :)

~Crystal said...

I just want to say GREAT JOB!!!! Keep it up!!

Karyn said...

She's b-a-a-c-k! (said in a singsonging voice)

You even sound like the "old" you, Lyn.....Here's to 're-starts' *raises glass of ice water* Cheers.

new*me said...

good day :)

a healthy BMI next summer would be a great gift!

Heather said...

sounds like you are off to a great start! you are so right, focus is definitely key. sometimes we lose it, but whats important is that we find it and get back on track, and thats exactly what you did. Im so happy for you!

Alexia@theonelastthing.com said...

I found this post about another post about peaks and valleys helpful: Andrew is getting fit.

Vonavie said...

Hi Lyn,

OK, glad you are back! I really need to take your lead and get on the exercise wagon!

Heather said...

I just started reading your blog and have to say you are really inspiring. I constantly beat myself up when I make mistakes and do a lot of "restarting" myself...but it's good to know you're not alone. Thanks for reminding me that we're all human!

Twix said...

This is great! We are staying focused!! :D Ready or not here we come winter!

Anonymous said...

Go girl, go! looks like exercise is the motivation for sucess. I am following you all the way and trying to imitate you. If you succeed then I succeed. Thank you. Carol

Lynne said...

I am right there with you! I am day 2 into healthy - thin girl eating! Let's lose the re-gained pounds and start seeing some new numbers by the end of the month?!