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Still Under Tall (Blah days)

Monday, October 05, 2015

I've been reading various wall posts from my team members and we're into week two of the 5% Fall Challenge. I'm seeing a trend that I'm all too familiar with and that's because I've been down this road so many times over the years.

Gosh, sounds like we are not our usual selves this time around for the Fall Challenge. We've been having munchy days, lazy days, sick days, tired days and all this along with the daily stresses we all have. Feels a bit overwhelming, doesn't it? One of my teammates said she was going to stick with it even though she didn't feel like it. Know what? (And I think this is especially true of those of us on our 3rd challenge...or more). This is the real testing time for us; the time that's going to help us determine whether or not we have what it takes to get and stay healthy. The "bloom is off the rose" so to speak, and we're having days when we just don't want to "toe the line". In other words, life is interfering and we want to let it.

It's at this point that we don't want to continue what we've been so successful at because it still feels like work. Yep, it's work and that's not gonna change. It's always going to be work. Losing weight is HARD, I'm afraid to think of what comes when I reach my goal! I really believe this is why every other attempt to attain a healthy weight has failed for me. Plus, the holidays are coming and it's so tempting to just give in. Since I haven't been at an optimal weight for so many years I just assume that maintaining optimal weight is easy. If I paid more attention to my normal-weighted friends I'd know that is just rubbish. They work at maintaining and I think that's what I'm afraid of. I'm afraid of failing maintenance. One more thing to fail at...which is just stupid because obviously I'd be a success at losing the excess weight in the first place. Why do we do that to ourselves? Take credit for a job well done! Even if that means one day at a time, take credit for every success, small or large.

I love the attitude of my teammates because although they have struggles, they refuse to give in. They acknowledge their feelings, they share their feelings, and they move forward. It's such a healthy attitude! We all have days when we do what we have to do only because we have to do it: work, housework, cooking, laundry, playing chauffeur, exercising, tracking our food, drinking enough water...and the list goes on. BUT, we are Champions of our lives...we persevere and we succeed. With each Challenge we learn and form new habits and those habits take us through the tough times.

We are NOT perfect and we are never going to BE perfect. Our bodies are not perfect and will never BE perfect in our eyes even when we reach our optimal goal weight. If we continue the negative behaviors we dislike about ourselves, we are doomed to the same results. I don't remember who said this, but it's so true: "If you do what you've always done you get what you've always gotten!" Kind of like the definition of insanity: continuing to do the same things you've always done and expecting different results. Who does that??? (Well, most of us at least twice.)

So, I would like to thank all my wonderful teammates on the Champions in the Kitchen team because they support, they share, they inspire, they motivate! I love them all and appreciate them all so much. And now I'm going to relax with a cup of tea and a new library book!
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  • CGPS1795
    Back again for a re-read. Still just as good. I want more!!!! emoticon
    2097 days ago
  • CGPS1795
    Hi again Diane!

    I came back to re-read this particular blog and I got different insights into me again! After all the more we read about each others struggles and fears, the more we face our OWN fears, self doubts, and what I call failure feelings. All of which are UN-TRUTHS.

    Basically we need to accept the TRUTHS about ourselves, we are being created NEW each day and each day is a new beginning! We also need to learn the truths of self love and self-forgiveness.

    And then we need to realize that friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief! Peace! End of rant!

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    2119 days ago
  • CGPS1795
    Oh wow, Diane! Well said!!!! I have to disagree with you though, you, in fact all of us ARE perfect, just the way we are. Each day we are being made new and we are each a new creation. God doesn't make junk!

    The real problem is coming to the marvelous revelation I just shared with you; I'm not there yet either, but I hope I'm getting closer along with each one of you on our team!!

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    2127 days ago
    Wow!!! I feel like you jumped into my head and heart with this blog! I love that so many of us are at the same place in our journey. Together we are stronger and can keep doing what some days we just don't want to do! Blessing!!!
    2128 days ago
  • VELVET_01
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    2128 days ago
    I see it often the "trends" it always makes me kind of smile and in awe that everyone, everywhere in the whole country are feeling the same way. Kind of awe inspiring when you put it into perspective, don't cha think?
    2129 days ago
    Thanks, Diane, for this blog! I read it twice just to make sure it would stick with me. So true. We are hard on ourselves when we don't put forth our very best effort every single day. On those days, I try to make a mental list of ALL the things I did right. For example, I may have had extra pita chips and cheese that I have to log.
    While logging them, I will try to list 5 or more things that I have done right like
    1. I didn't have soda
    2. I drank all my water
    3. I put down my fork between bites
    4. I had a variety of fruits and veggies
    5. I got my exercise in the morning etc
    Each day is a day of renewal. A day to be better than our best yesterday.
    This blog really got me to thinking. Holidays are just around the corner. I need to build up my willpower!!!
    Great blog. So appreciative. I love this team.
    2129 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    Very inspiring & motivating. So glad I stopped by to read your awesome blog. So true! We DO need to give ourselves more credit!!! This journey is hard. And just deciding to stick it out, one day then another day, is reason say "good-for-me!" As long as we never give up, WE ARE THEM CHAMPIONS of our own lives.
    2129 days ago
    Oh my goodness how I love this blog! This Fall round has been much more testing for me than the Summer round was.I was seldom hungry during the Summer challenge...mostly due to the heat and humidity,but now that cooler weather is peeking in,I have been eating like crazy! I'm still logging(as embarrassing as those numbers are) ....just because you don't record it,doesn't mean you didn't eat it,right?lol.

    I am so blessed to have such an amazing group of people on my side! Pushing me and encouraging me all the way! Love my Champions!

    Thanks for writing this Diane! emoticon
    2129 days ago
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    Diane, emoticon

    Thank you so much for everything you do for our team. This blog is so true! I truly love all our members because of the support we have for each other. The encouragement and praise given by all is so awesome emoticon . Diane you are a great Co- Most Loved emoticon (ML) Leader for the Champions emoticon !

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    2129 days ago
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    2130 days ago
    Love your BLOG!

    I am new on the team and not much for posting allot. Do enjoy the team spirit and hope I can help anyone that is in need of support.

    2130 days ago
    So true!!! Losing the weight and maintaining a healthy weight is extremely hard to do. It took me 1 year 9 months to lose 56 lbs and I am finally at maintenance and it is no picnic either, tough to do. I am determined to stay at or below where I am now, I want to be healthy. Do I have tired, don't want to, lazy, munchy, sick days? Of course, I / we would not be human if we did not have those days. Perfect? Never, don't want to be, how boring would that be? We are always in a learning phase of our lives, and right now we are all learning to be healthy again.

    We have a great and wonderful team that we can lean on in our tough times, we are here for each other and that is what is making a difference. The work does not seem quite as hard when you have such a great support team guiding you.

    Thank you Diane for reminding us and thank you to the Champion team for being there.
    Much emoticon emoticon to my wonderful team.
    2130 days ago
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