Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Reassess and Reset

I had my first session with my trainer in six weeks this morning. He seemed rather shocked when he saw me, saying "wow, I can really tell you've lost more weight." I'm so proud of myself because it means that I'm working my strategies daily and they are working for me.

As you heard me discuss time and again, the "diet mentality" works against the quest for good health and fitness. On again, off again dieting is unhealthy for both mind and body. Balancing a beneficial eating plan with treats and exercise and dealing directly with emotional eating issues really works. I needed a plan that I can live with for the rest of my life and I'm definitely laying a foundation for that each and every day.

Although "on the wagon, off the wagon" is not part of my lifestyle anymore, reassessing achievements and goals to avoid complacency has become crucial. I'm working toward a goal but I'm also building the tools for maintenance right now so checking up on myself has become very important. Self-examination is tough but it can prove to be very helpful.

I don't count calories on a daily basis, but every so often I log in to Spark People and track a week's worth of menus to make sure I'm sticking with sensible portion control and eating a wide variety of delicious and nutritious things. When the menus get a bit stale, I search for new recipes to keep the eats fun and interesting. I also go back in this very blog and review the strategies that I wrote about to make sure I'm holding true to them.

Most importantly, I set fitness goals and it's right about the time to set myself a new one. I'm striving for 4-5 days of cardio and 2-3 days of strength training every single week through the end of the year. Yes, right through the "Holiday Season" I'm going to keep moving! A couple of the cardio days are going to done outside so I can get some sun. This will help avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder that can kick hibernation mode into full force (which I'm avoiding like the pig flu.) I don't just want to maintain, I want to keep losing (even if it's slowly) right through the end of the year. I want to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary on New Year's Eve lighter and fitter than I am now. I don't want to finish out what has been a wonderful year feeling bloated, guilty and unhappy with myself for packing on the pounds.

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