Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Secrets to Success

Today's weigh in shows a small uptick of .6 pounds.  It's the result of traveling and having absolutely no control over the food put in front of me - except for one meal at a restaurant - and not being able to exercise as normal.  As I said yesterday, I did the best I could in the situation I was in.   I'm calling that maintenance because it really is fake weight.

While I was thrilled with my weigh in, after all I STAYED UNDER 180, I also knew how it was going to turn out.  I can usually tell whether I'm losing, gaining, or maintaining. Even when I express shock at a weigh in where I feel the numbers don't match my effort, deep down inside, I know.  Don't you?

I looked at our calendar last night and realized that, as of right now, we only have 1 weekend between now and Labor Day when we do not have an event!  This is why I know it is of utmost importance for me to keep on keeping on.  Because life (and death) continue to march on and there will always be "something" that is there ready, willing, and able to sabotage or sidetrack my efforts at making my goals.  That's why I think an adjustment in thinking is necessary.  Splurge days can get out of control with so many social events.  The gist for me is that I have to continue to look at all my options and ask: Is this what is best for me right now?  Will this choice get me closer to my goals.  In other words, I need to be kind and gentle with myself and make the best choices possible, continuing to string together good "one days" into that ultimate necklace I so sincerely desire.

Robert Collier said, "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out."

AKA -  Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

That's where I'm at.  What about you?


  1. I think that is the perfect way to look at it. I've worked with so many people who say "there are just so many parties during the holidays, I usually don't care what I eat from December 1 to January 1" and then wonder why they gained weight!

    Your right, there is always going to be something - just make the best choice you can at the time and you'll hit your goals! :D

  2. I am right there with you Helen. We have so many social engagements that revolve around food!

    If I choose to splurge at each one there is no way I could ever maintain my weight or feel like I was living a healthy lifestyle.

    The high fat, high sugar foods are not what I choose to be a major part of my life. I no longer look at eating them as being a "treat" how is stuffing my face with unhealthy food a "treat?"

    I have never regretted the things I decided "not" to eat!

  3. I say good job - you obviously made good choices and were conscientious about what you were doing. I hope you are doing well otherwise.

  4. I got a lot coming up too. Graduation parties, work parties, poker parties...I gotta stay focused as well. There are going to be a lot of temptations that I need to make some good choices on.

  5. I love that quote! That's right about where I am too! I always used to think Summer was easy for weight loss, but I am starting to realize it's really my worst time. I am just doing the best I can on the days I can do my best. Ya know? Some one once told me--you don't have to stay on program 365 days a year, you just have to do it 12 months a year. I keep trying to look at the big picture, and if I mess up one day--tomorrow is another chance to get it right!

  6. Right on, sistah! Great quote. I'm feeling the same about having so many events, a brief getaway, and just busy full life. Focus, keeping my eye on my goal, making one good choice at a time.

    I'll have to go back and see if I missed a "Helen" post yesterday. I was totally swamped between work and after and missed a whole day of my favorite bloggers.

    And congrats! I posted winners today :)

  7. Major victory! Significant in so many ways - I don't hear you beating yourself up - I hear kinder and gentler. I think that deserves a beautiful silver bead on your necklace of victories.

  8. Really a good weigh in given the week you've had.
    Thanks for the rolling pin tip. I'm rolling the h*ll out of my calf!


  9. Great job holding steady!

    Unfortunately, I WAS blindsided by my weight this week. I felt like I lost, my measurements reflected a positive change, etc. I wish I had that "deep down" whatever to keep me guarded this week!

    Best of luck navigating those social minefields! There's always some sort of event, isn't there? GRRR!

  10. Me too. I like that. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. You are an inspiration.

  11. I know it was an extremely difficult week for you last week. I think you did a FANTASTIC job under the circumstances. Hang in there, you're doing a great job girl!

  12. I think that it is awesome, given everything that life has thrown your way, that you only saw a small rise in the scale. It shows your determination to be healthy, despite what obstacles life puts in your way. And for that, you get a woo-hoo!

  13. Your attitude is excellent and I am just so impressed with how you are choosing to look at food events. I bet that come Labor Day, you will be able to look back at this summer and be please with the way you managed everything.

    AND you will have one hell of a necklace! :)

  14. Girl,
    I am terribly sorry that I missed the posts where you went below the 180's :( Good for you mama!!! By the way...I am EXACTLY where you are right now. Helen, thanks for all of your encouragement. No's totally helped shape my new mindset :)

  15. Hey. I know just what you mean about 'knowing'.
    i may act surprised, but that is just to cover up the pissed off.
    I am usually pissed at myself for the extra handful of pretzels or the overly generous measurements.
    Yes, we usually do know why.

  16. Okay, I know this sounds weird, but that's awesome weight GAIN. For traveling, that truly is a small gain. You did good! :)

  17. Helen, I would call that a success then to have maintained.

    I agree, there is always something coming up that is food related, you just have to not focus on the food, but the fun!

  18. Don't you sometimes wonder, why does everything seem to revolve around FOOD? Instead of "let's have lunch" why don't we say "let's take a walk"?

    It's a jungle out there.

  19. Hello new Team-mate!!!

    Sounds like you did really well with everything that you had on your plate ( pardon the pun)

    I also like that Lather, Rinse, Repeat

    Looking forward to reading your blog.

  20. Ive never seen that quote and love me.
    for me its the sum of healthy habits (from fitness to life!) all layered one upon the other to make a life.


  21. huh.
    freudian slip much?
    IM CRINGING at my typo above, oh ONEEIGHTY :)

    I LOVE IT.

    the quote.

    and me I guess as well :)

  22. great attitude! and that pizza up there that you made looks delicious! you rock!

  23. I think you've got it right. Small steps, not beating ourselves up. It's something I've been working on and so far it's working. Good job on the maintenance! It's hard when we go away, so I think you did really well!