Sunday, October 24, 2010


One of the hard parts about writing like this is that you 
have to admit when you're struggling... 

I've gotten a little off track the past few weeks.  I have a million excuses as to why (marriage, kids, dogs, friends, work, life, commitments, laziness....) but in reality none of them really matter.  These things will always be there in some way, and unless I find a way to work around them my weight problem will always be with me, too. 

I've spent hours justifying to myself that donut that I ate at Carter Mountain today - the class I missed last week for a work meeting - and the extra cocktail (or two) I had during the UVA game...  What it comes down to, however  is that if I truly want to change I have to keep my priorities straight - with with my health coming first.  I lost track of that a few years back and look where that got me.

I've even found myself thinking "Well, I've only gained back a few pounds..." Only a few pounds???  It took me weeks to lose those pounds!  Plus, it's SO much more than that.  I have no energy, I'm not sleeping well, and I feel all around crappier than I have in months.  How in the world did I Iet this happen? It's pretty easy, actually, which is why I need to stop myself RIGHT NOW. 

So, I'm vowing today to get back on track.  I promise to:
  1. Not miss any more classes with Hyam this program 
  2. Start logging my food intake on a regular basis
  3. Limit alcohol consumption 
  4. Make my health and fitness a top priority in my life, and
  5. Get off this plateau and back on track!
It feels good just to say it - 
imagine how great it will be when I do it! 


  1. Sounds like you have a plan to follow, and that's a great first step you're taking. Stick with it and you'll do great!

  2. I think everyone gets off track every now and then. The important thing is to realize it, then figure out what you need to do.

  3. You can do it!! The hardest step is acknowledgment, we are here to help you keep your commitment to yourself!!!

  4. Remember, you inspired me to get going! You are a real success story. Success does not mean perfection. But imperfection doesn't have to take success away. I'm proud of you and I feel like I could be doing better too b/c I am seeing no difference! That would be the Fritos and crab salsa w/ cream cheese from Saturday.

  5. I'm beginning to think the 12 step programs have it correct when they encourage their members to live 'One day at a time.' Not one of us can go back to last week and change our food choices. Neither can we look, with 100% certainty, at next week and say to ourselves, 'I will absolutely, positively workout every day.' What we have to do is focus on what we can do TODAY. We can so 'no' to a danish, or 'yes' to an extra 10 minutes on the treadmill. We have to commit to today in order to reach our goals.

    I've also been thinking that, for most of us, our head space around weight loss is completely whacked. How often do you obsess about other setbacks in your life? We all have plenty. There are times when I feel like I haven't been a good parent. I may think about what could have gone better in a particular situation, but I never find myself thinking...'I'll never be the parent I want to be.' And yet, when we have a diet or exercise setback, that unreasonable voice in our head tells us...'I might as well quit, I'll never be the weight I want, I'll never get fit into my skinny jeans.'
    I'm not suggesting an abandonment of goals, I'm just saying that we need to approach the ups and downs of weight loss like the ups and downs in the rest of of lives. We need to abandon words like 'always' and 'never' when we think about diet and exercise.
    We spend so much time on weight training maybe we all need to spend some time on 'brain training'!