Setting New Rules For Weight Loss
I did it…..I actually weighed in! I put on my mask, met Betsy in the office, and stepped on the scale for the first time (officially) since the pandemic hit. I was EXACTLY, to the .6 lb, the same weight as my last official weigh in and I 100% consider that a victory!!!! I am preaching to the choir by saying, trying to diet in an endless state of fear, uncertainty, and isolation, is freaking hard! I am laser focused now and ready to keep the scale moving.
This is truly is a lifestyle change and I know that sounds really cliché. But, I have found that if I don’t start looking at the bigger picture, I will not be able to lose the weight and more importantly, keep it off. So through this process I have made some non-negotiables with myself and I think that has helped tremendously.
Notice, these are not punishments or strict “rules” for eating; this is how I will take care of me!
- Every single day I will get at least 10,000 steps in (my family knows I am not quite at my steps when they hear me marching around the house before getting into bed!).
- I will make every effort to get up every morning during the week and go walk the neighborhood before work (setting my clothes out the night before makes all the difference!).
- I will not miss out on family events and celebrations.
- I will eat dinner with my family which helps model for them how to eat a healthy but satisfying meal and also keeps me connected with them.
- I will enjoy a glass of wine on the deck with my husband from time to time and not feel guilty about it!
Setting these boundaries for myself has given me the mental jolt I needed to start making progress again. When we live in a deprivation mindset and constantly tell ourselves “no”, we only end up sabotaging later. In the words of Betsy, it’s time to put down the club I have been beating myself with! Think about what is important to you and what you can truly commit to.