I have been having a think about priorities over the past few days.
The next few months give me an opportunity to grab the remainder of 2014 by the balls and I don’t want to waste them…I want to go into 2015 at my lightest weight in a long while. So what needs to give…
I remember thinking about priorities last year and asking the question, ‘Where on your ‘to-do’ list does weight loss come?’
Another silly question it might seem…of course weight loss is pretty high on your agenda…but is it really?
I mentioned the chap in my group who has a really regimented attitude towards his weight loss – his military background is likely a contributing factor here! He sees it as a simple case of desire – what do you want more…to be a healthy weight, or to eat the junk that got you fat and continues to prevent progress? And whilst I am aware that there are life issues that make weight loss difficult, I have to agree with him for the most part.
We all have our stories, and we all find life tough at times. What is tough for one seems simple for another, and visa versa. Yet the overriding factor is that if you do really want it, you will do it, and people with issues will use anything as an excuse…I know, I have done it and I have seen lots of others do the same thing. From simple excuses such as, “I had to have an ice-cream as I was out at the park with the kids and they wanted one,” and “I have lost my job and just can’t focus.” Now on the surface of it, these might seem like okay reasons.
The first however makes me smile – your kids wanted the ice-cream…they get their joy from eating their ice-cream…not watching you demolish yours! I am sure that they would be far happier to have someone running around the park with them, than someone to share an ice cream with.
But it is true…you do not have to eat food that is not helpful to your weight loss campaign just because you think it is expected of you. That doesn’t mean to say that you cannot ever enjoy an ice cream with your kids…but when I hear you sit in group and use that as an excuse for not losing weight…it sounds lame really. I also have to question whether that one itty-bitty ice-cream was the real reason for a 2lb weight gain! You have a choice!
As for the lost job reason, this was one of mine – along with money worries, health concerns, interview stress…a long list of excuses that I used in order to keep shovelling junk down my throat. Now, look at it logically. If I had lost my job and was worried about money, how was eating my way through £40 to £50 of junk food each day helpful? It was putting me deeper in financial trouble. As for the interview stress…I was worried that people would think I was too fat…so I kept eating! How exactly was that going to solve the problem?! For goodness sakes, I had to get a grip!
I also hear people talking about their relatives being ill, or in hospital, and not being able to focus…but staying healthy and strong for your relatives is likely to be more beneficial than eating food that makes you tired and sluggish, surely? I am not saying that I am perfect at all…but I think that we – and I definitely include myself in the ‘we’ – have to get real and be honest with ourselves and everyone else. Choosing not to eat well because life is tough is one thing, but blaming your eating on that life issue is not a good way of taking responsibility. You could say, “I haven’t eaten well today because I chose not to.”…I chose not to…not blaming the situation, or saying that you hadn’t been able to eat well – but that you chose…you take the responsibility, not the situation. The situation has nothing to do with it, but your response and reaction to the situation does.
The same goes for the ‘to-do’ list. If weight loss is a priority, then make it one. Don’t put it off, don’t prioritise other things over that unless you have absolutely no choice…if you have a choice, choose to be responsible…and if you don’t choose that option, be honest about it. Since I stopped trying to make excuses I have felt more in control. I might not choose the right option all of the time – such as my recent week of junk-food eating – but I am honest with myself about it. It is quite empowering…I don’t feel like as much of a big excuse…I feel as if I am making choices.
I am not going to give you suggestions as to how you can make weight loss your priority…this would be teaching you to sucks eggs really…I have a sneaking suspicion that you already know what you need to do!
For me, I have made the decision not to move my horses to a new livery yard. They are staying put in my Dingle-esque yard and are going to enjoy another winter in a huge field. They don’t care about posh facilities – as these things just make my life easier. They care about the basics…are they safe, do they have food, do they have water. Making this decision – and prioritising – means that I can now increase my personal training sessions to three each week. I will get my arse kicked more regularly, in the hopes that it means said arse will shrink a little! 😉
Another decision I have made – which is one that I regularly make – is to stay focused and on track over the festive period. The shops are already full of Christmas shite – chocolates and crumpets shaped like fecking Christmas trees – and I am avoiding this kind of food. Not because I don’t want to eat it…there’s nothing better than a Christmas tree shaped crumpet…but then again, I’ll end up looking like a snowman shaped crumpet if I indulge! 🙂
I am also going to stay on track when I head to Scotland in a couple of weeks. I will indulge in beautiful seafood, and I might have a couple of dark chocolate batons in the nicest chocolate shop ever…but they can fit into my Slimming World plan. The cheese, the oatcakes, the haggis, the steak pies, the beautiful burgers, the fish and chips…that’s not a priority – coming back off my holiday with a weight loss is.
So that’s my ramblings done with for tonight. How much of a priority is your health?
Today has been fairly sedate. I woke up cursing Mr WLB as he has passed his cold to me. So I stayed in bed whilst he headed out on his bike. I couldn’t stay still for long though – I headed out to see the horses and fed and groomed them. I then headed to the shops for food supplies. I then got really energetic and cleaned the house! I briefly saw my Dad. I have spoken with two flipping fabulous coaching clients today. I was sent a lamb roast dinner by my Mum, which my sister dropped off for me – my Mum is celebrating a foster placement leaving her…I was so glad to see the back of this individual and am going to let karma deal with that whole situation – which it will! 😉 I am now watching Dexter and loving it…enjoying it with a peppermint tea – how rock’n’roll! 🙂
Today’s food looked like this…
Breakfast: Bacon and cheese pittas with salad (2 x HEA and 2 x HEB).
Lunch: Lamb roast dinner.
Dinner: Grapes, pineapple, raspberries, blueberries, and figs with 0% Total Greek yogurt.
Snack: Nakd bars (10 syns).
Exercise: Not much today apart from housework…a nice rest day! 🙂
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx
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