It’s been a good week but also interesting, in my head anyway. This week I started feeling like, I’m not really sure I can do this anymore, this weight loss thing, I’m just not working very hard at it-at all. I know that I’m not going to be able to achieve my goal if I’m not working HARD at it it. Then a funny thing happened. I lost 3 pounds this week anyway, even though I wasn’t “working hard” at it.
The thing that I’m starting to realize is that when you make fitness and healthy eating a part of your life, there isn’t any “work” that you do, you just live, you just go about your day and you don’t even have to think about it-your body just keeps losing weight.
For me, this wouldn’t be possible if I spent my days longing for pizza and hot dogs and nachos, and planning out how I could have some-when I could fit it in. That takes so much work and for ME, that makes this way of living be a diet, something I’m doing for a time that I’ll stop at some point. That’s not going to work for me. If it does for you, great, I’m admiring your strength of will. It doesn’t work for me. What works for me is accepting that this is the way I want to live, forever. I don’t have a portion of my life that I “allow myself” fast food and Doritos and brownies. I don’t have that mindset. I don’t want those things in my life.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t have things that are not healthy sometimes, I just don’t think of it as “getting away with something”. I think of it as a normal part of life, but something that’s rare. If I had chocolate, or a Black Butte Beer or a slice of pizza every day, but just one, for me, that wouldn’t work. My brain and insulin kicks into overdrive and I would want more, more, more. I have one or two things a week that I don’t normally eat every day, and that works for me.
But my point is that it makes it not be so HARD and I like that. I want to go through each week feeling almost guilty for “not working at the weight loss thing”. I want it to be so much a part of my life that it’s just that, a part of my life. Lately it’s been feeling like that, just a part of my life. I like that and I want it to continue.
I’m going to shift to updating the blog only a couple of times a week. It’s becoming a bit of a burden to update it so frequently and my mindset wants to move to a place where the weight loss, the blogging, the exercise, is just another thing I do…I don’t feel the need to blog every single day anymore, I don’t feel like I’m hanging on by my fingernails to this weight loss ride. I’ve been much more enjoying working on my other blog where I get to talk about homesteading and voluntary simplicity living and farming, all of the things I’m so passionate about. So, I’ll work out a schedule for posting on my weight loss blog and will keep that up. I’m thinking of Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and moving my weigh-in day to Saturday.
So for my first Saturday weigh in:
I’ve lost 3 pounds this week
Total of: 55 pounds with 60 pounds to go! (almost to the halfway point!)
I started out at 43% body fat and am now at 34.7%
I’ve lost 19.4% of my body weight
All great things. I hope you all have a super weekend. I’m leaving now to go hiking up in the San Gabriel mountains today!