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Wait, what am I supposed to be doing this week?????

Sunday, March 06, 2016

It's been a week since the challenge ended and I am pretty surprised to find that I feel a little...., well, am not sure what the best term is for it, but for lack of a better word I will use "unfocused".

This was a crazy busy week and I just found myself more exhausted than normal. I'm a pretty energetic person (or just therapeutically caffeinated) and don't have many "tired" days so it felt like an exceptionally long week. Add sharing an office with an angry and overreactive coworker and voila, it was a fairly sucky week. The weird thing was that I felt a little unstructured not having to report my exercise and my LTGL activities (or even having them). Kind of like a toddler with no limits put on them- just feeling uncertain about my boundaries- wait- am I supposed to use a small plate this week? Or organize something?? Or plan my meals????

I was kind of shocked that I felt this way as I didn't realize how dependent I had become on the rules of the challenges. I finally realized why- it is so much easier to just be told what to do- if even if you don't like what you are being told (what can I say, I grew up a Navy brat)- than to come up with your own goals, especially when you are busy. This is both a good and a bad thing- it is does save time and energy but you still need to be self-reliant because challenges end. I realize I can't afford not to take the time out to plan and frame my week and my 1.5# up this week is evidence of that (and it is probably more but there is no way I am confirming my suspicion today). In addition to the structure of the challenges, there is also that accountability factor. I felt really proud to post my exercise and LTGL points, especially after coming off of a couple of months of not being able to exercise. It is odd though because whether or not I posted it I still did the same things, but I found that being able to own it and earn points for my time just completed the process for me and made me feel better.

Weight loss is as much a mental game as it is a numbers game. This science behind it couldn't get simpler- you eat less than you burn and you lose, no matter what diet you are one. The mental part of it is so much more complex and I am constantly learning about what works and doesn't work for me.

So, off to boot my mental desktop for the week. I need to set my goals and plan my meals....... Have a great week!
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  • no profile photo CD16492552
    How's your focus been throughout the Spring 5% Challenge? With that thought, have you made plans for the interim to keep up your focus till the Summer 5% Challenge.

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    1831 days ago
  • BILLB000
    Nice blog and well stated. I go from challenge to challenge for some of the same reasons, .... I respond to the structure, and being a highly social creature, I like being part of a community. To share some of the same goals and to be able to talk about it with others makes it more fun. I seem to gain a pound or three between challenges, but promptly lose it during the challenge. Thus it produces a net loss for me overall.
    Anyway, I am ready for the spring challenge and it sounds like you will be too. emoticon
    1884 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    Health n fitness for sure is daily learning......... The best news is we are all in that same boat so your not alone.. Keep up the forward progress!
    1893 days ago
  • 2020ISTHEYEAR
    It does feel strange not posting my minutes and weight:-) I think I do better when I'm doing the challenges. Looking forward to the next one. Have a GREAT week! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1894 days ago
  • ZELLAZM
    Sometimes I just keep going straight through the break with everything, sometimes I enjoy the lack of structure, but am usually very happy when the new challenge starts!
    1894 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    Believe me .......... I SO understand what you are saying. I retired from my past job ......... of eight years and am looking for a part time job ............. so when I get up, I have work to do in that search; and I have felt the transition from one extremely physical and demanding job ............ to working out my personal goals and strategy. ...... I would love to welcome you to a team my DH and I are leading w/ one other leader ............ (will send you the link) ......... and I think there are some forums/threads that are appealing ........... (I like to report something positive daily) ..... etc. anyway, will send to you briefly.
    There may be other teams going that have some actual challenges' per se' ......... and I am often contacting message boards w/ various Q. s ............... so that is a consideration OR inquire on your status line and ask and you will be surprised how many respond ............. best wishes ................ emoticon
    1894 days ago
  • KARENE10
    I agree! I am better when I am doing challenges. Maybe because we don't want to let the team down?
    1894 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15145828

    That interesting, that it is within your comfort level to be told what to do. For me, it's just the opposite!

    Good for you for getting your plans sorted, I'm sure you'll do great!!
    1894 days ago
  • BATGURL250
    I love having the structure and accountability of the team challenges. It is weird for me when there is a break. I am doing a biggest loser challenge that goes 12 weeks, I think, and starts on the 8th. So eventually I will be doing both at the same time. Should be interesting.
    1894 days ago
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