Zones to my goals
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Looking through my old blogs I came upon this one. Sometimes it helps me to read something I've posted in the past that once helped me.
I am finding that my path to goal has many zones. The first zone is the "motivation" zone and I speed right through that. The second zone is the "determination" zone and I'm plowing right through it at breakneck speeds. The third zone is the "why me" zone. This is a very dangerous zone to be in. You will need to press down on the gas pedal to get through that zone without damage. The next zone is the "doing the same thing but expecting different results" zone. This, too, can do much damage. I was stuck there most of last year. My wheels were spinning but I didn't have any traction. I would start out great but at the first undeserved gain, I'd fall back into the "why me' zone. Right after that I drive dangerously close to the discouragement zone. I know at any moment I can unknowingly enter it. I put my radar detector on and try to outrun it. Right now I'm hovering close to the "success" zone. FitDay even has me reaching goal in May. I know that this zone can catch me off guard and get me thinking, I can have just this one favorite food. I can never let go of my diet mindset because it's so disastrous to let my mind think that I can handle it. I'm not saying I can't ever have anything I want, I just have to avoid losing my mindset about dieting. There is also a danger zone that allows you to think you're "normal" and you can just watch what you eat. What I've found in dieting for 3 years is that to succeed (just like with any goal) you have to have the right mindset. Our minds are very powerful when used to help us. It also is a powerful detraction when we listen to that voice in our heads that trys to make us think it's us. It puts forth all kinds of reasons (rationalizations) why we should just do what feels good for the moment. These thoughts blur our reasoning about why we want to reach our goal. It's easy to forget that not only will we look better but we'll avoid, or improve, those diseases that come with obesity. If you are offended by the word obesity, try a reality check. Have someone take your picture. Trust me, you'll look a lot worse than you do in the mirror. Mirrors are untruthful. You don't see yourself from the back or the sides. Successful dieting takes a lot of focus. Get slack with the measuring, just one bite and with the counting calories is a sure fire way into the "what's the use" zone. Only 5% lose weight and keep it off. No one ever said it would be easy but I say it's worth it.. Sorry to say, restricting calories has to be the "norm" and eating whatever the "exception" You have to get to the place where restricting feels comfortable like an old friend. Then, you'll be in that 5%