The Definition of Insanity

Definition of InsanityThis was the most appropriate quote I could think of to describe my weight loss efforts over the last several months.  We all know how long I have been stuck at the same point but the last few weeks put “the fear” into me as I was up more than 3 pounds each week.  My weight “loss” chart is looking more like and EKG printout.

As I drove home from my meeting last Friday I had to ask myself, “How badly do you really want to reach your goal?  Do you want it bad enough that you are willing to try some drastic measures that you haven’t tried before?”  Of course it didn’t take long to answer that question.  I have come SO far and I definitely want to reach my final goal so yes, I am willing to take drastic measures.

Now before you get too worried, let me just say that “drastic measures” does not refer to anything unhealthy or dangerous.  What I needed to do was seriously evaluate what I have been doing over this LONG period of being “stuck” and then deciding which of those things was honestly not serving me well.

One thing that came to mind immediately was that I tend to eat late at night.  Never anything heavy, but I would eat snacks as late as 11pm (if I was home alone).  In discussing my need to make changes with my Aunt Carol, she suggested not eating after 8pm.  That very same day, Michael said he had been thinking about new things I could try and he suggested not eating after 8pm.  I knew that if the idea was coming from that many sources, someone was trying to tell me something.

The next thing that was in desperate need of change was the amount of fruit I was consuming.  Don’t get me wrong, I believe that fruit is good for you and I believe it has its place in our eating plans but the problem is, I have been seriously abusing fruit and consuming way too much of it on a daily basis.  I have known in my heart of hearts for some time that if I was going to break-through my plateau, I was going to have to do something about the amount of fruit I was eating.  The problem was that when it came down to making the change, I couldn’t bring myself to do it.  However, after two substantial gains in a row, I knew the time had come to bite the bullet and cut out the fruit.  Because I have abused the fruit so badly, I knew that just telling myself I was going to eat less of it wouldn’t work.  I was going to have to cut it out completely.

I am thrilled to report that after just 5 days of not eating after 7pm and eating NO fruit at all, I was DOWN 6.6 lbs. I am SO excited because I feel like I may have FINALLY found the formula that is going to help me get the last of this weight off and reach my goal.

Weight 5.15.15

If you find yourself spinning your wheels where your weight loss is concerned, I urge you to sit down and take an honest look at what you are currently doing and evaluate the things that really aren’t working well for you.  Seek the advice of those around you as well.  Sometimes, it’s easier for people on the outside to identify “issues” than it is for us to recognize our own issues.  I’ll be the first one to admit that change is difficult but for me, the frustration of my goal being just beyond my grasp is far more difficult to deal with than either of the changes I implemented this week.

No matter what, remember that you owe to yourself to never quit…no matter how difficult it gets, the rewards will ALWAYS outweigh the struggle.

Pain of Striving for Your Goal

Comments

  1. You are doing just fab. You’ll soon be under 200lbs. Make that a mini goal. I try not to focus on the big targets but 7lbs at a time (half a stone here in the UK) and it keeps my spirits up. Aim small for big results over time xxx well done for turning it around this week.

    • Thank you so much Becky! You are exactly right; you have to break your weight loss journey into small goals so it’s not too overwhelming. I love your idea of focusing on 7 lbs. at a time. I appreciate your kind words. Best of luck to you!

      • I started my current weight loss “attempt” a little over two years ago on Weight Watchers starting at 307lbs – I am now 229lbs. I can’t say what changed, how or why but I know this time I am “In the right place” for it. THIS is my time to make a difference. Of course, I’m looking forward to being smaller but I am taking each day as it comes. I’ve lost and gained so many times before but this time I’m winning it and have the mind power to refuse to give in. I still have some distance to go but I’ve got that mindset, that determination and failing is not my intention at all. I know that if I do make it, I will be watching food for life but thats what I focus on. A lifestyle change. A changing the way I eat. It’s done nearly 80lbs, I just need to keep this tough for the next 80lbs.

      • Congratulations Becky! That is fantastic and you WILL succeed! I know what you mean about knowing this time will be “the” time. I had that same mindset this time and it has certainly paid off. I would love for you to keep me posted on your progress.

  2. Jimmy Bohanon says:

    Great job ! Your doing great just remember it took a long time to put it on and it will take some time to get it off. I am so proud of you for all you have done and are going to do in the future to help others. Love you

    • Thank you Daddy. I’m so thankful to you for the tremendous role you’ve played in this journey. I couldn’t do it without your love and support. Love you!!!

  3. Leigh Ann says:

    Gret job. Question – why would fruit make such a dramatic difference? We don’t eat much but I always thought lots of fruits an vegetables were best to substitute instead of chips, etc. ?

    • Thanks Leigh Ann! For me, it’s not so much the fruit as it is the “quantity” of fruit I’ve been eating. Remember, fruit is very high in sugar and too much adds up. Like everything else, moderation is key. Fruits and veggies are of course a better choice than chips…just be mindful of your portions.

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