I’ve been on the struggle bus for … oh gosh… maybe a month now? It seems like whenever life starts getting inconsistent, I struggle. Right now I feel like I’m waffling in the wind. It’s not that I haven’t made up my mind about this — because I have. It’s just that I got off-course and now I struggle to get back on.
I’m down 40 lbs and I am maintaining at this point. I feel proud of the 40lb loss but I’m also sitting here like… yeah yeah yeah, what’s next? The truth of the matter is, I am heading into old habits at breakneck speed. Faster than a speeding bullet, right into a pint of ice cream.
Why I struggle currently
It’s not hard to pinpoint why. Basically, I had a great routine. The routine changed and I failed to plan for the changes. I figured I would just wing it. Well, folks, I’m here to tell you that winging it and successful weight loss is not possible. It’s the same with budgeting. I have to be on my budget, sometimes daily in order for the financial ship to run smooth and in order to meet my financial goals. With weight loss, when I plan my meals, make sure the fridge and cupboards are stocked with what I need, in addition to logging my food daily – I am successful. Sure, I might be able to wing it for a day or two or heck even a week but that’s not a great long-term strategy. I should know because I’ve been winging it for a month.
Commitment is the key
I believe this is where commitment comes in. I was having lunch with my husband and a good friend yesterday. My friend mentioned that he has currently lost some weight and is down two belt loops. We were talking about weight loss and I mentioned my struggle and that it was great to see him so successful because it inspires me to keep on keeping on. He said that the key to his success is commitment. When he resolves to lose weight, he commits 100%. He’s doing modified paleo/keto. I don’t think there’s a name for it persay but it is working for him. Anyway, he says that he has not eaten any bread or sugar and that he just doesn’t allow himself to do it.
For me, inconsistent trips to the grocery store have been a catalyst to the struggle. I’ve been busy but it’s not a good excuse. Especially, when I can sign up for a service that will deliver groceries right to my door.
I made a decision
This week has been one where I’ve been mostly in my head. All I can think about is getting back on track with my diet. After yesterday’s eye-opening lunch with a friend, I felt rejuvenated. I had an “Ah Ha!” moment if you will. The reality is, I have been trying to get back on track the wrong way. Until yesterday, I had been in “winging it” mode. Well, I can’t meet my goals if I have no plan. If I have no plan, then I’m not as committed as I thought I was or as committed as I want to be. So, the conclusion of all of this is that I need to go shopping without fail each week. I need to have a meal plan and I need to log my food daily.
In conclusion, I was on the struggle bus, I had some time to look at my situation in a clear-headed and logical way, and then I made a decision and executed a plan for going forward.