Wednesday, October 11, 2006

how i do it

Breakfast: smoothie
Lunch: romaine with blood orange vinegar; baby carrots
Dinner: Dr. F's Anti-Cancer Soup with broccoli raab; some apple

Exercise: 30 min w/Maya, 30 min treadmill

Fuhrmometer Reading: Kale (again!)

And no temptations today!

Today I was having a conversation with a co-worker about selling and being comfortable with sales. We agreed (and many others have pointed this out) that when you believe in the product you represent you are much more effective when selling it to others. I think that this idea applies to many other things; but especially weight loss.

If you believe in what you're doing... your weight loss program or eating lifestyle you're more likely to be successful with it. It all boils down to what makes sense to you and what you can buy into. I know that for me in the past I have tried Weight Watchers and counting points but it just didn't resonate with me. I had a bit of success a few years ago with losing weight by working out and counting points. But it just didn't resonate with me and I ended up gaining the weight back. Eat to Live makes sense to me. I believe in it. That's why it is the plan for me.

Another factor for success has got to be wanting it. I don't just mean wanting it like a new pair of shoes; I mean really wanting it, wanting it more than anything. I know that before I started on this "journey" I knew I needed to lose weight; I hated my body and knew I could do better and be healthier. I really did (and still do) want it more than anything.

The other two factors that have been crucial for me and will continue to be crucial for me have been planning and consistency. Planning and preparing all of my smoothie kits and dinners for the week ahead of time have been huge factors in helping me stick to the plan, especially after a long day. Consistency with working out - even when I'd really rather not - has been a big help. It also helps me to remember that I enjoy the feeling I get from exercise and that it really is an enjoyable thing.

One final thing that has really helped me - allowing myself rest days and some off plan meals. Knowing one doesn't have to be perfect all the time helps make being perfect the rest of the time really feel like something worthwhile.