Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Better

Ten days have gone by with me being completely on track with my eating. I've been staying on my plan (Medifast), drinking plenty of water, and walking a mile each weekday. I spent September sort of screwing around with my eating, being wishy washy about whether or not I wanted to stay on plan. Lasagna, garlic bread, sodas, and apple strudel seemed to have more appeal to me than broccoli and chicken some days, and as a result I lost no weight in September. I guess my mindset was something along the lines of, "oh, yeah, I want that. It will taste good. I can always get back on plan tomorrow/next week." I think a lot of us go through that, and I think the absolute KEY is not to let that go on and on. I 'next Mondayed' myself up to 278 pounds, and I am not so naive to think it could not happen again. At some point we all have to put our foot down and say enough, and get back to the grind IF we want to lose weight. And I do want that.

In the ten days I have been on plan, I have dropped ten pounds and hit a NEW LOW of 183! That's 95 pounds gone now. I am excited to hit the big 100 mark and then keep on going.

But there is a lesson here that I think is important. You might remember that in the last week of September I actually gained nine pounds eating a lot of carby, salty, fatty stuff. Now, this is where a lot of people get on the scale (if they have the presence of mind to weigh) and shock sets in... the horror! "Oh no! I gained x pounds! This is horrible. I am such a failure. Now I have to lose those pounds ALL OVER AGAIN!" And at this point we either go binge or get right back on track with a vengeance. The lesson isn't to be perfect and never go off plan (although kudos to you if you can do that). The lesson is, when you slip, GET BACK UP.

If you trip on the top stair, do not turn around and throw yourself down the whole flight of stairs.
If your car gets a flat tire, do not get out and slash the other 3 tires.

Just do what needs to be done. Get up and keep going. YES, you'll have to lose the same pounds over again. Oh well! Beats the alternative. Stay on plan, it WILL come off. Don't waste time being mad at yourself. Just get back to business.

One thing I have mentioned before is that on Medifast, after I am on plan for a few days food just does not call to me anymore. A cookie is like a rock on the table. "Oh, there is a cookie." No emotion, no drive to consume, no obsession. I like that. I eat 6-7 times a day, I enjoy it, I like my food, I feel satisfied. It gets easier every day and except for those times of the month with hormone swings, I don't struggle much. I still have to make wise choices. I still have to exercise.

Last night I had 5 ounces of local grass fed beef, seasoned and browned and mixed with a half cup of homemade, garden-grown tomato sauce and a cup of steamed yellow squash and mushrooms. It was so delicious and satisfying. The family had their beef and sauce over Barilla Plus whole grain/high protein spaghetti. And I made garlic bread for them too. Everyone was happy.

I am excited to see new lows coming my way. I have not weighed this little since 1997! It feels amazing.

Keep on trying. Keep getting up. You'll get there too.

32 comments:

Olivia said...

This had me laughing,

"If you trip on the top stair, do not turn around and throw yourself down the whole flight of stairs.
If your car gets a flat tire, do not get out and slash the other 3 tires."

Oh the things we do :)

Glad to see you are back on track and congrats on the loss!

Helen said...

Delurking to say I too enjoyed the lines about tripping on the stairs and slashing the tires. And I needed to read that today. Not because I've been doing that but I have been having a hard time due to some other things and I needed to read the reinforcement of getting up and keeping on. Because you're so right, it does beat the alternative. Thanks.

Gofer said...

A line from one of my favorite songs by Jill Scott is "Just because you had a nightmare doesn't mean you stop dreaming"

Shan said...

I, too, LOVED the "trip on the top stair" comment. I will have to remember that on days I don't do so well.

Great job dusting yourself off :)

D. said...

Reminds me of the old Japanese proverb, "Fall down seven times, stand up eight."

Lisa said...

What a great post. It helps to be reminded that life is not a game of perfect. It is a game of the best I can do right now, today. And getting back on track is the best we can do when we've gotten off track.

I've been there myself a bit lately and for two days now I've been back on track. It feels good. Glad you're back on track too, yea Lyn!

Honib1 said...

Glad you are back on the wagon trail.. it is hard.. and the great thing is we are human with own reasons we slip.. its the getting back up that matters .. as long as you get back up then you are a winner...

Glenn, Fat at Fifty-five said...

Yes, not continuing the slip up is key. Good job on getting back on track.

Leslie said...

Kudos on the ten pounds in ten days. I know that won't continue but it has to feel good to be solidly back on track. Can't wait for the 100 lost pictures!

Dillypoo said...

Lyn, I want to let you know that I reached my goal weight yesterday and I consider you and your blog to be a part of my weight loss journey. You inspire and motivate me to continue living healthy and make good choices.

Thank you!

Mind Over Fatter said...

Wow, I am so happy for you, I can feel you're excitement jump off the page. I love you're analogies of gaining a few pounds and the stairs and tires - I'm printing this and putting it over my scale!!!

theantijared said...

183! That is wonderful.

I agree with the tripping on the top stair.

Anonymous said...

Congrats - you are really inspiring!

blessedmommie said...

Good for you on your new low!!! I will also thank you for those analogies- they are so good! I needed to hear that as I am starting on yet another weight loss journey of my own.

Shelley said...

Congratulations on getting back on track - and 183? Woohoo!!! I, too, loved the stairs analogy. :)

Anonymous said...

I hope I´ll always remember that if "your car gets a flat tire, do not get out and slash the other 3 tires".
I makes sense. When I am eating out of the plan, it is always so, so hard to get back on track. Doesn´t seem to get any easier to me.

You are doing great. I am so happy for you !!!

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

Awesome job!! Big congrats... feels so good to lose that weight, doesn't it? After everything we go through to get it off and made the healthy changes we strive for. Food for you Lyn.. you ROCK!

Happy Fun Pants said...

You are doing so wonderfully - not just the weight loss, but the complete mind transformation and acceptance that you seem to be showing yourself.

I'm SO proud of you.

((hugs!))

Anya said...

If you trip on the top stair, do not turn around and throw yourself down the whole flight of stairs.
If your car gets a flat tire, do not get out and slash the other 3 tires.

...are really good analogies. This has been a big challenge for me in the past. Congratulations on avoiding that pitfall.

screwdestiny said...

That flat tire analogy really made me laugh! I used to do that (gotta love that all-or-nothing personality!) and it's so stupid! But I'm getting better, and it definitely looks like you are, too. Congrats on the new low!

Shanilie said...

Hi! I am new here. Found your blog a few days ago and I feel so inspired!!! I could only dream of getting to where you are now. Congratulations on your success. I look forward to keeping up with your blog and journey through weightloss. Please feel free to drop by my new blog sometime. I'd love a new follower.

http://losingoverhalfofme.blogspot.com/

Lynn Falkow-Short said...

You know I really loved these analogies: "If you trip on the top stair, do not turn around and throw yourself down the whole flight of stairs. If your car gets a flat tire, do not get out and slash the other 3 tires." It really speaks to a lifetime of making some of the same mistakes.

After a gastric bypass 7 weeks ago or so, I'm just now learning that these same tendencies can grab me no matter what. And your perfect description of the ways we trip ourselves up, couldn't be more accurate, I'll try to keep my mind on climbing the stairs and keeping my tires filled. Thanks for the wise words...
-- Lynn

Kimberly said...

So true! I cannot tell you how may times I have thrown myself down those same set of stairs.

Congrats on finding your groove again and the loss.

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog. Thank you so much. I've been on a weight loss journey since 2002. I topped the scales at 304. I lost over 100 pounds (almost 120). I saw a low of 185 in 2005 or 2006 and then the weight has been creeping back up. I've been over 200 again for over 2 years. Every time I get close I screw up. But I keep working it. I keep falling down the same set of stairs. I can't seem to get my grip. But I keep trying. And I will make it back under 200 again...and soon. Congrats to you. you look great.

Lisa said...

AWESOME!!!

lynna said...

Let's plan some kind of internet celebration to mark your loss of 100 pounds (coming soon!). Not sure what that might look like... any ideas? This is such a big, big thing. I want to commemorate it, even if it's from cyberspace.

Lyn said...

lynna~

that is so sweet of you :)

I have no idea either, but you can BET we will be celebrating together in spirit!

GeorgiaBE said...

This is so great Lyn! Congrats on getting rid of those 95lbs! May they rest in peace, never to haunt you again!

And a timely read for me...I need to get back on plan, and stop throwing myself down the whole flight of stairs!

Hope said...

Keep up the good work, and congrats on the 95 lbs. lost! You should be so proud! That's amazing! :)

Anonymous said...

I found you through Sundry today. And I kind of think it was a higher power at work bringing me here. I have been struggling staying on track lately, mostly hormonal stuff, but the mental tongue lashings are the same. Thank you for sharing yourself and your thoughts. I needed you today and I didn't even know it.

Fat Grump said...

Yes, it's SO easy to regain weight we have lost. I know all about that!:)

Well done on hitting a new low Lyn, and thanks for yet another encouraging post.

Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

How lucky am I ? Every time I need some clarity in my journey, I find I hear. Thank you! & A Big Congrats on that 100 pounds!!