Helping each other keep on track with the goals we've set for ourselves.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hanging in there

I had a MAJOR cheat this morning - iced coffee and a glazed donut from Dunkin' Donuts. Rachel had an orthodontist appt. and requested a snack as I took her back to school. She had to have three attempts at making the impression for her palate expander, so I was feeling sympathetic. And hungry myself. Yes, I know it wasn't the best choice, but I feel like I am choosing better - less rationalization. I can rationalize anything, you know.

So still feeling very positive about this diet thing - but it helps that I am seeing big results. Nothing like instant gratification! And I actually think it is healthy (in a way) that I feel that I can "cheat" and still get back on track. I lost another 4 lbs last week, so that makes, like, 16 since the beginning of September? SO motivating!

I'm hoping I'm being inspirational rather than gloating. It is a HUGE help that I am at a point where all three kids are in school full time (and on the bus!) and I happen to have a number of local friends that also go to this Curves. It's that accountability thing, you know? I think there is an activation energy (the energy needed to start a process) and then a snowball effect (once you're started, it's easier to keep going). You have to be realistic about what you're capable of concentrating on at any given moment. I'm spending a lot of time thinking about and planning meals, which would have been really hard a few years ago. Not to mention the time at the gym.

But it is very exciting, and I want that to rub off on all of you too!


Susan Z said...

I am so excited that you have had so much success!
I am losing weight also but just not at that fast of a rate. We haven't been as good about getting to the rec center all of the time (sometimes we have had other things to do while the babysitter has the kids), but I am making slow progress.

Jill in MA said...

You are so NOT gloating! I am absolutely thrilled for you that you are seeing these results AND that you are feeling like you can keep it up! And it IS inspirational to hear it. I know you, and I know that I'm a lot like you in these matters, so if you can do it, so can I! (Now if I can just muster up that activation energy!)

Lisa C said...

That's wonderful news! I always say if I could find a way to motivate myself and others I'd be rich. Definitely a hard thing to do, but I'm glad you've kept the momentum up. That is sooo important I think.

My naturopath I saw a few years ago told me her goal wasn't to get me to eat only healthy food, but to eat healthier a majority of the time. If you can't feel like you can have a treat sometimes, you are less likely to stay with a plan. I think you are doing wonderfully! And I'm glad you are trying not to rationalize everything and hold yourself accountable. That's a great skill.