Think It Through Thursday: When in Doubt…Go Back to Basics
I was going to film this update for you but decided to spread out the info over the next few days in separate posts. I want to make the posts really personal from now on and make this blog more about me and my journey and what exactly is going on in my personal transformation. In the past it tended to take on a more general approach to weight loss and staying in shape; although after saying that, all of which I have formerly posted I did and am doing. Right now though, I want to be extremely selfish because I am fed up with the way things have turned out in regards to my getting and staying in shape…read: NOT.
First things first, it is NEVER a good time to start. There is always a reason why it is too hard to do these things. The fact is if you don’t do it now, then when? I had to just make up my mind to stop staring at the clothes waiting patiently in my closet (for years now!) to wear because they are 3 sizes too small thinking, “I’ll wear those when I’ve lost weight.” I am also wearing out my shape wear (a.k.a. gut suckers) and don’t want to buy more to flatten out my belly and thighs. I just want it done and the only way to get it done is to start and then keep going until it is finished. No dilly-dallying anymore. No taking time and the easy route. That has kept me in maintenance mode and in falling-off-the-wagon-one-too-many-times mode. I have hitched my trailer to a fast car and am speeding down a highway called Lose Weight Now! This is the only way for me to do it. I am focused and have a plan with a mission. Some may be shocked at my plan and may think I am a hypocrite because I have gone back against my word that I have written posts about, but it is all temporary to get the weight off. Maintenance will be a different plan.
So that brings me to my next point: Make a Plan. My plan is mine and works for me but may not work for you. I’ll share it with you, but don’t think that I believe this is a one-size-fits-all sort of deal. Losing weight is personal and you must experiment (as I have been doing for years!) with what works best for you. The long and slow routine wasn’t working for me, so I created a more direct approach with fewer pit stops. The specifics of which I will share in later posts this week. Just know that I have it in writing and I live these “directions” every day until it is done. It’s sort of like following an instruction manual; do this, then that, then another until you reach the end. It has specific guidelines to follow. I write it all down and look at it and go back and look at other days I have recorded before just to reflect. I’m using a small spiral bound notebook to track all of my food and exercise info.
My plan is to work in 6 week segments. I will weigh myself once every 6 weeks (YES!) and measure myself as well. I have a chart to write down this info on. I have a goal date of June 10 which gives me about two 6-week groups. If the weight isn’t all off by then, I will continue until it is. This is a hard-core plan, so a lot should be off by then.
One funny thing I want to share with you all is that I have been weighing myself all these years on a broken scale! My scale is probably from the 1970’s and apparently weighs me about 5 pounds less than I really am. Now that’s a problem! I only just realized this and was horrified to know that my starting weight was much higher than I had thought. Here are some stats:
Starting Weight: 152 lbs.
Hip Measurement: 42 inches
Weight to Lose: 34 lbs.
Goal Weight: 118 (I’m short!)
Now I know that weight/weighing oneself is not that great of a measuring tool. If I find that at 123 I look and feel great and have muscle tone to die for, then that is where my weight will stay. 118 is a goal that I am working towards and that number can be adjusted later if I want it to be different. I formed this very specific plan after I filmed my last video for you but am incorporating things I was doing then into what I am doing now. More to come on this topic later…