Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, I got in a good cardio workout, and I stayed well connected with good support.
How long will this take?
That's a question a lot of people ask when getting started.
I get it. I did too.
At over 500 pounds it was very easy for me to get discouraged about the answer to that question. I allowed my impatience to ruin many weight loss attempts because I wanted the results now and if we’re not getting what we want we get frustrated, and when we’re frustrated it makes it unnecessarily difficult to stay focused.
But what I’ve learned has proven to me that time doesn’t matter.
If you allow yourself to get discouraged about the task at hand and more specifically, the time it will take to accomplish your goal, the energy and focus needed for your action steps might be in the wrong place. My best advice?
Forget about time and just start making the changes. Start as small as you need. Ease into it. Above all, be consistent.
Before you know it you’ll have made amazing strides toward your goal in surprisingly little time.
Because guess what?
Time doesn’t care if you do this or not. Time will keep moving with or without you.
So how long is this going to take? As long as it needs.
Because, ideally, this isn’t something you’re doing for a couple of months. The changes in perspective and the action steps you're building into positive and supportive habits will be with you the rest of your life. These kinds of changes--these shifts, give us the best chance for a long life in maintenance at a healthy body weight. It's a daily practice. It's never perfect and it's never guaranteed, but it gives us the best chance.
So how do we forget about time and still get results in a timely manner?
One word: Consistency.
In the past, I would do well three days, followed by off plan for four. Pick it up on Monday and do well until Friday, then eat like a mad man on the weekend. This inconsistency severely crippled my results and it seemed like it was taking forever to get anywhere.
If you would have asked how I was doing during one of those countless attempts, I would have replied “doing great, it’s a slow process, but I’m getting there.” It wasn’t until I became completely honest about my consistency issues that I was able to realize such dramatic results. Cheating myself became truly exhausting.
Forget about time, embrace your unique plan and be consistent in your efforts and you’ll enjoy the most amazing transformation of mind, body, and spirit--in hardly any time at all.
As you make your way, look for things that continually threaten consistency. Staying connected with those in the "same life boat" can have a dramatically positive effect. Good accountability and support go a long way. At the same time, developing ways to act instead of reacting to stress and emotions, is imperative to keeping a consistent embrace of your plan. And speaking of the plan-- making it reasonable is important. If it seems impossible to remain consistent, it isn't a failure, it's a learning opportunity--an opportunity to make adjustments and proceed. This is often the place where an honest personal evaluation might reveal addiction issues with certain foods/substances.
This thing we're doing is a process. But we must allow the process to process. I can think of several times when my impatience discarded the process--then, I'd beat myself up for another perceived failure. Be kind to you, please. You're not a failure. You're a student. Not of me and what I do or anyone else--no...you're a student studying you.
Once you find your YOU PLAN, the one you can embrace consistently, then you can really let time do it's thing while you do yours. Suddenly you'll feel a confident patience. And in that place, it's much easier to dream a little as you envision the life changing positive consequences of your actions.
Today's Accountability Tweets:
2 cups water starts the #morningdeal 20 push-ups & 20 squats completes the agreement. Done. Now, I get coffee. pic.twitter.com/zL2Em1cD3f— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) July 26, 2017
3 tbs half & half in the first cup, another 3 tbs half & half in the to-go cup refill, soon. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/S1VtYfZSmT— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) July 26, 2017
Breakfast in MyFitnessPal. Not shown in screen shot: 119g strawberries. pic.twitter.com/FZAwZ2LwHl— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) July 26, 2017
Ezekiel toasts. One w/3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, and 1 slice muenster. One w/83g avocado. 5.7oz Pink Lady apple & 119g strawberries. 592 cal pic.twitter.com/tHRoPVk8pH— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) July 26, 2017
Lunch in MyFitnessPal. Not shown in screen shot: 15g sour cream, 163g strawberries, and 73g avocado. pic.twitter.com/MOa4fKE4As— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) July 26, 2017
Tostadas w/171g fat free beans, 2 tbs salsa, 2 slices provolone, 30g lettuce, 73g avocado&15g sr.crm. 85g banana&163g strawberries. 670 cal. pic.twitter.com/zVviGNROJZ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) July 26, 2017
2 tbs half & half in this cup of coffee 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/UFCOnRkiRc— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) July 26, 2017
Dinner in MyFitnessPal... pic.twitter.com/CdIhIPis13— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) July 27, 2017
7.7oz pork loin pan seared & topped w/18g rsf peach all-fruit. 270g red potatoes w/2 tbs half&half & 7g butter. 88g mixed veggies. 669 cal. pic.twitter.com/mAeKHtT2p6— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) July 27, 2017
Stair climbing cardio- fast 15min routine, starts now. It truly gives me as much or more than 30 min elliptical. #homeworkout— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) July 27, 2017
Neighbor: What are you doing? Me: Exercising!— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) July 27, 2017
Neighbor: Well, do some for me!
Me: Sure thing!
She's a very sweet 84 year old. :) Workout✅
2 cups water meets today's #watergoal 5.8oz Pink Lady apple & 21g almonds #lastfoodofday 206 cal. pic.twitter.com/LMRgyJC4uT— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) July 27, 2017
Thank you for reading and your continued support,