Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Well, today is my 2 month anniversary of finding and joining SP! So, in honor of this momentous occasion, I decided to measure myself again. I've lost another 3.75 inches from all the various bits that I measure. After the first month I lost 8.75 inches, for a grand total now of 12.5 inches lost, along with the 10 pounds. I am working hard on rejoicing over this success rather than, as I would have done in the past, being frustrated that I hadn't lost more - either pounds or inches! Since that never worked for me, I am trying something different this time - rejoicing over every sign of success and remembering to be happy.
Since in the past I've lost and regained over 100 pounds twice, always concentrating on following the rules of 1 diet or another (usually WW), I am trying a new tactic this time. I am not "dieting", I am changing my lifestyle, a bit at a time. I know this is advocated all over SP, and many have had great success doing so, but for me this is new, frightening, and a step into the unknown. I am making my own rules, using the guidelines I'm reading here. I am working hard at recognizing my successes instead of my failures. I am eating what I want to eat, and keeping track so that I know I am within my calorie allotment. I am learning what being reasonable is, along with discovering other ways to deal with anxiety, stress and upsets. Obviously, eating has been my solution to those things, but not an effective one.
I am excited, focused, and learning patience. I am working hard to trust that if i follow the process I will achieve the outcome I desire and that the outcome will be permanent instead of fleeting, as it has been in the past. So, the changes are many: in my thinking, in my acting and in my focus. I will succeed!