Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Flatlining

My Weight Chart:
Weight Chart


When I updated my weight chart today, it became pretty obvious that I have been in maintenance after moving through the excitement of the first two weeks of serious Weight Watching and, not coincidentally, serious weight loss.

After reading an article in Oprah last month, I really wonder if weight is my designated issue. Another blogger posted a similar thought:
But, what happens when you get there? Part of the reason that losing weight is possible for me is that it is so engaging. It feels a “void” of something to pay attention to that, when I’m doing well, makes me happy. When I wake up and I had a good day the day before, I love remembering that I’m making the right choices. It seems so easy to keep going. That good feeling takes away from the stress of daily living.
Today in my meeting, I listened to the topic of the week, which was all the health problems that following those Good Health Guidelines can help you avoid: Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol... Several people in my meeting could speak from experience about how this had been true for them. Besides, there are all the more frivolous benefits that are actually more motivataing: Fitting better into clothes, feeling less self-conscious, looking prettier. I want to take this program seriously and start taking myself seriously. I want to live my life without this stupid fat talk rattling around in my head. If that means I have to deal with some other stuff, bring it on.

6 comments:

  1. Great post - I became aware a couple of months ago that I was using the diet/exercise to bury my head in the sand and not deal with other issues that needed attention.

    Weight loss success does give you the confidence to deal with difficult things as does achieving certain exercise goals.

    Mind you, dealing with our health at least gives us one less thing to worry about, lol!

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  2. But, what happens when you get there?

    I have lost weight before and then I lose my focus. Right now my head is in it but...

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  3. I totally realate to the thought you quoted from another blogger. I last for months on my healthy eating high, then it plummets and I am stuffing my face for months. Literally.

    Where is the balance?! I am convinced we can find it! :)

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  4. I've often wondered what I would do if I didn't have my weight/health/fitness to focus on all the time? Where would I focus my energy? Yikes! Maybe it's time to figure that out...

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  5. You can do it! I have flatlined since mid August, too....and then went UP 4 pounds the past two weeks. Good lord. It was enough to tick me off, tho.....and I am back on track with a vengance.

    As far as staying engaged....it might be better to have some fitness goals..number of pushups...number of miles....a race...something like that. Then....when weight gets to the right place...you can still focus on fitness and health! That is what I am trying to do. :)

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  6. I read that Beck article... she has an annoying way of hitting nails on the head.

    I find it so hard to get a balance between caring enough about your weigth/fitness/health vs being obsessive about it. I often find when I am in denial about other issues (career dodginess, etc) that I start fixating on my weight or throwing myself into some exercise challenge. Always a diversion in easy reach!

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