Thursday, August 5, 2010

Everyday Choices

People tend to think of losing weight as a big long process. It's the weeks and months and in my case years that go by as your body shrinks, and you make big changes like exercising, counting calories, eating more veggies, etc. But while that is true, *real* weight loss is the nitty gritty, daily choices we all have to make. Those choices take less than a minute to make, but they make or break each of us.

When I wake up in the morning, I sometimes consider not weighing. But instead I get on the scale.
Then I go to the kitchen. Sometimes I consider having a big mug of coffee with sugar and cream, but instead, I drink 16 ounces of water and make a glass of plain green tea. I let myself have coffee once or twice in the mornings on weekends, but no sugar in it.
When I do make that coffee, I get out the half & half or sugar free creamer and I start adding it. One tablespoon, two tablespoons, (here comes a choice!)... do I keep adding? I like it sweet. Nah, I stop at two. And that's fine.
When I make my eggs, I like to put a spoonful of butter in the pan to fry them in, but I reconsider and just use a little Pam spray instead. And then I think, "I should have some vegetables with these" and I grate a zucchini to cook alongside them.
When I make my chocolate protein shake, I think about adding a big spoonful of peanut butter to it, because it tastes so yummy, but I decide to just leave it out and have my shake plain.
At dinner, I think maybe I will just eyeball my portion of grilled steak & asparagus, but then I decide to weigh it. I consider giving myself an extra ounce of meat but I stick to my plan and have 5 ounces.
After dinner, I am kinda tired, and I walk over to sit down in front of the TV. But instead I put on my walking shoes and go out to walk a mile.
When I have done my mile I head for home, but I decide to take the long way and get in a few extra blocks.
At home, I drink 16 ounces of water, think about staying up late, but decide to go to bed instead.

Every day we make little decisions that get us where we are. If you don't like where you are now, you have to change your choices. If you don't like where you're headed, something has to change. Pay attention to those mindless little choices we make all day long. Are they steps towards your desired outcome, or away from it? There is no standing still.

No one's perfect. I don't make those great choices everyday either. But I do my best. I think just paying attention helps... not letting it be mindless. Hey, we're all works in progress! Make the best choices you can.

28 comments:

Joanna said...

Awesome post. We've walked in the same set of shoes more times than I can count. Sitting here trying to make the right decision myself. Keep on keeping on. :)

Bonnie said...

Does making the right choice ever get easier? I feel resentful so often, like I'm being deprived when I make the healthy choice. I know it's childish but I'm being honest.

Dinah Soar said...

Great post Lyn...so very true. Like the saying 'inch by inch life's a cinch'...it is the little choices that add up to a big difference.

Lyn said...

Bonnie~

I know exactly what you mean! But yes, it does get easier. When the better choice becomes a habit, then it IS easier and you don't think as much about what you *could* have. But yeah, sometimes I get a little annoyed at not having french bread & butter with my dinner.

Paula Rodriguez said...

Lynn, thank you. I needed to hear this today. I'm sitting here feeling like crap for not making the right choices today. I gave myself permission to indulge and boy did I indulge.

It's all about choices and how the add up. I win most battles but today I lost it. I chose to lose it. I threw in the towel.

Thanks for reminding me that I'm human.

Paula

Jane said...

Wow--you inspired me today. I'm trying to get a strong start, and I'm making progress, but you did a great job today. I think it's the small, but consistent choices we make that will make all the difference in the weight loss. I'm going to concentrate on consistency. Thanks.

Mrs. Thighs said...

Well said. It can be hard to make some of these choices, but I find with weight loss, that after a while, they don't even become choices anymore -- that you look forward to walking and you automatically crave veggies with meals, etc.

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Fat Grump said...

You're right. All the small daily choices add up. I also think making the right choice two or three times a day stops you from derailing later on in the day. Why mess up what has been a good day when the temptation to go back to the old, indulgent ways calls to you?

It does get easier to make the sensible choices regarding food and to regulate portion size. Now I have to feel fired up to make sensible choices regarding the ways in which I spend my days. It's so easy to sit, and sit...and sit when I KNOW I should be moving. I haven't caught the exercise bug yet, but I am learning that some movement every day is better than no movement at all. The day has started well, and I shall build on that.

Julie said...

thank you lyn.

Shane G. said...

well put Lyn. That is sage advice. I am now making those choices you speak of. I need to do better on my veggies. I can't wait till those choices are no longer choices but things I just do though.

She woke up FAT said...

Some things are still a choice I resent but mostly they are choices that I want to make and don't even think twice about at this stage. Like fried foods;don't miss them, don't want them.

Lanie Painie said...

Good choices are harder some days than others, and often they don't seem as fun as poor choices. But they are worth it when you get on the scale and see the results of your determination and hard work!

stephseef said...

wow. lyn. it sounds so simple, but when you list it out like this, it's no wonder that our brains get tired of all the choices and decisions. you've given me a great reminder this morning. thank you!

McCulley's said...

o o o I so needed this today yesterday and the eternity before this. :) Thank you love your little reminders!

LA said...

VERY well said! It is definitely about all the day-to-day choices. They add up to great things. :)

Deniz said...

Yep. And every time we slip up and make a choice we maybe shouldn't have, just make a better one next time. One step at at time - we'll get there. :-)

Theresa said...

this is one of your best...........

Hope said...

So true! The little choices do add up to something big! :)

beerab said...

Lyn just got to say once again love your blog. And you are gonna call me silly but I've honestly never thought of zucchini and eggs- I'm going to have that tomorrow for breakfast! lol. :)

Congratulations for being in the 180s!

Ashley said...

These words couldn't come at a better time for me. I've found myself getting frustrated by the long process, but I tend to forget that one little change could be the difference between 270 pounds and 150.

Lynna said...

I've found that it becomes easier to make the little choices when I tell myself, "I'm doing this because I love you." That helps to keep the resentment and feelings of deprivation at bay.

Alison said...

Very inspiring for me to read! (Just found your blog... I'm always a day late and a dollar short! :)
You're making all the decisions I am WANTING to!
Man, it's hard. But, like I tell my kids "YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS!"

(Easier said than done :)

Joy said...

I just discovered...yesterday...that my 2-3 cups of coffee that I have every morning are 70 calories for each cup. I have not even considered those calories in my daily journal. Here I've been thinking I've has 1300-1500 calories each day, but it's more like 1520 to 1720 per day. Yikes! It's interesting that I did not even take my coffee with cream into consideration. Wonder how many more calories I taking in that I'm unaware of? Yikes!!!

Crys said...

Love this post! Strange to think it can take longer for your head to catch up to your weight loss than to actually lose weight! A picture is worth a thousand words so the diff is incredible. We have the same starting weight (actually I was 279) so it's awesome to see your progress and dream about mine!

Kirsten said...

Thank you Lyn for this post. It seems like it should be so obvious, but so often I make choices without thinking them through. It's clear that the choices you've been making the past 3 years have helped you lose instead of gain or maintain. I'm inspired to be more mindful of what I'm doing, what choices I'm making. Inspirational as ever. Have a great vacation with your family.

Brigitte said...

Thanks for such a great post. It is a nice reminder that every choice has a consequence. It is up to us whether the outcome is a help or a hindrance to our ultimate goal! You rock!!

Maye said...

That really inspired me, thank you =)!! I really need to work on those littles choices.