Well, here is the nitty-gritty. Today makes two weeks into my 1 month goal to lose 10 pounds.
I wanted a progress report on this ten pound goal. In fact, this is what I do at work. I evaluate my projects to identify what is not going in the right direction then I find solutions to fix the problems in order to meet my goals. It seemed only logical to use this same tactic with my weight loss goals. If anything was going wrong, I knew that I would have two additional weeks to fix the problem.
It sounded like a great plan…
I weighed in this afternoon. After two weeks of going to the gym and two weeks of cutting back my food intake, surely I should be 5 pounds lighter.
I only lost 1/2 of a pound!
I did not sink all the way into a funk, but I felt some kind of way for the rest of the afternoon and evening. “What am I doing wrong?” “I won’t make my goals like this.” “How can I fix this right now?”
Hours later, finally getting home, I found myself in a quiet place. And it was here that God ministered to me. He took my mind to a scene in the movie Titanic. Remember back when the crew realized they were headed straight for the iceberg? They put everything into getting the ship to reverse it’s direction. Most of the energy was spent in getting the ship to slow down. Before the ship hit the iceberg, it had actually began to change its course.
He showed me that when it came to my diet and my body, I was like Titanic. For years, I was going fast in the wrong direction. When I changed courses, the energy that I put in was spent in two ways – It stopped me then it changed my course. This one half pound was not about what I did wrong, it was about everything that I did right. One half pound was proof that I was on the right course.
So now I rejoice in this accomplishment. I am not looking for what went wrong. After all, I’ve been doing the wrong thing for so many years, there really is no point. Instead I will evaluate what I did right and keep on doing it.
Here’s my list of 5 things that I did right
- I packed my breakfast and lunch . This has helped me so much. I knew what I had and I ate on schedule. I didn’t over pack and I didn’t overeat. I will make sure to pick up some fruit and other healthy snacks to get me through the two-o’clock mid afternoon hour.
- I got moving at the gym. I will keep this body moving for as long as I am blessed with the ability to “move it”. Exercise is a privilege. Plus I found out that I really like the elliptical machine.
- . I got some rest. I usually burn the midnight oil, in spite of the fact that I have to be at work by 7 am. Except for one day, I was in bed before 11:00. When I am asleep, I am not snacking.
- I ate some vegetables! My long time friends should be applauding this one. I NEVER ate vegetables, simply because I did not want to. But for two weeks, I found ways to add them into my diet.
- I drank more water. I did not trade in my coffee, but I did make sure that I drank water before I touched coffee. Actually, the more water I drank, the more I desired it.
Now that I know what I did right, I will keep going in the right direction. I will pick up speed later but for now. I am happy that I am finally on course.
Today I gained the wisdom to evaluate and celebrate my good decisions. No more negative self-talk. I’m gaining it all back.
Ayoka Boyce is a published author (aka Nikki P. Serene), blogger, writing coach and Mentor. She is the founder of All Write RVA, a not for profit organization that promotes writing and literacy.