How does this apply to weight loss? This time around, I'm trying to make myself lose weight more slowly so that transitioning from weight loss mode to maintenance mode will be a little less traumatic. I'm trying to be creative with my food plan by trying new foods and different ways of preparing them. In evaluating past weight loss efforts, many of which were successful, I've found that what I "gained" from losing weight quickly, I very soon "lost" in my inability to maintain because I had not learned anything new during the journey. Seems like those words, "gained" and "lost", are backwards doesn't it, but no, I said exactly what I meant. I was so focused on "gaining" a new skinny me that I "lost" the understanding of why I was doing this in the first place and upon reaching goal, I wasn't quite sure what to do, so I'd just revert back to old habits. Most of us have already learned through failed past efforts, that losing weight is really the "easy" part. Keeping it off is where the battle begins. And it's a battle that never ends.
So for right now, life through Sharon's eyes means taking the slow road not just when I travel, but in all areas of my life including my weight loss journey. There are new adventures around every corner, new foods to try, new relationships to build, new roads to travel, but you can't be flying down the interstate and expect to find them.
Last week's commitment to keeping a meticulous food journal and posting what I ate on the blog paid huge dividends in just a few days. I was able to quickly see that yes, I was consuming way too many calories to expect a weight loss. I found ways to make adjustments and this week had a small loss. I ate well and at no time, felt deprived. From time to time, I'll continue posting what I eat, but for now, there are just too many other things I want to write about. I do promise, however, that I am keeping my food journal - if it goes in my mouth, it goes in the journal!!