When you know what to do
Sunday, April 25, 2021
It's a small world folks and there's nothing new under the sun. I've been working on losing weight my entire life...and I have...at least some...and gained it back. I've tried this and that and been around and around and up and down until I've been on every ride in the park until I feel skittish and jaded and if not thin: worn thin and...brittle.
The up side to being a veteran to the weight loss game is that every time I try something, I learn something.
My doctor was frustrated at our last appointment. Track your food, she said: I showed her my spark people account. Track your movement, she said. Up popped the Fitbit on my wrist. Cooking skills? She asked: I cook better than anyone I know and I can easily tweak about any recipe to up the veggies and cut the carb and fat. Did I need to see a nutritionist? No...I know what I need: lots of veggies, some fruit, healthy fats, keep high processed foods to a minimum, pick low glycemic index foods when possible.
So what happens when you KNOW what to do? When your body just doesn't respond like everyone else's and what you need is not knowledge, not skills, but support. I need someone to pat me on the back and say, good job when I'm doing well and the scale is just not budging. I need someone to help me remember that a healthy diet and good movement are what I need and a reward until themselves: that my health is amazingly good, regardless of my weight.
I need someone to remind me of all the tricks I've learned to sidestep a sugar or a fat craving.
I need someone to remind me that after months of good behavior and no weight loss, eventually...the darn scale will move. It will be slow and go in fits and starts and will stall stubbornly at new set points, but I need to be more stubborn.
I need to remember to LIVE while I'm working on this: to make food and movement part of my life not to make my life ABOUT weight loss or put my life on hold UNTIL (fill in the blank)
I KNOW what to do. What I don't know is how to stay on track and continue to get it done.