Saturday, November 26, 2011

NaBloPoMo Day 26: Believing in My Program

My husband wouldn't really look at the Up & Running training plans when I was doing the program. After the race, I asked him about it. "I thought I would probably disagree with some of it, and that might have made you doubt it. The most important thing you can do when you're training is to believe in your program."

I keep thinking about that because I have not good at believing in my program, no matter what the program was, whether it was Weight Watchers (after the first time, at least), working on my dissertation, or training for most of my races. I have a glorious honeymoon period where everything seems terrific. Then I start thinking I am going to fail, and I start "managing expectations" by talking about how flawed the program is or explaining why it won't work. Then I start looking around for something else to do.

When I was working on my dissertation, I thought about quitting and getting certified to teach yoga instead, after more than five years of expensive coursework. The way I finally finished was to put myself on a structured program of writing for a certain amount of time every day, first thing in the morning in my pajamas. Before I could shower, brush my teeth, or get dressed, I had to put in my time.

I am still trying to find a program I can believe in for weight loss.

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  1. And even when you figure it out for you, it's not going to help me figure it out for me. That elusive weight-loss program is different for each of us.

  2. Your husband was a wise man, I think. Believing in the program you follow is a big key to following it. I'm having some trouble with that myself right now and I need to ponder what you wrote here.

    You couldn't pay me enough to go to a big box store on Black Friday.

  3. I finally gave up on plans and programs...pretty much for the reason Debbi so eloquently put it.

  4. There are so many paths that lead to successful weight loss. You need to find the one that keeps you motivated and excited.

  5. I think the only program I need to believe in is the Shauna Program. Whether it's a program or something I read in a book or making up my own thing, technically it all works... but I only have success when I believe in myself and feel I am worth the effort. That is what I have trouble sustaining.

    Your dissertation tactic sounds like a fab one... you kept going and putting in the work no matter how you felt; no negotiations. I think I can learn a lot from that one - kinda like fake it til you make it, even if you don't believe in it, just do it. There's no getting away from it, it's bloody hard work :)


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07