This coming week, I want to have a no-excuses, solid week. No popcorn the night before the weigh-in. No salty stuff. Regular exercise, and consistent green-zone calorie counts.
I'm not being too hard on myself, though, because I know that I've done well these last two months, and the last couple of weeks are a blip, not a trend. The trend is down, in both total weight and body fat (the red and blue charts, respectively). I can feel my muscles in my arms getting more solid from the swimming and the strength work. My body shape is improving. My goal has always been to build good, sustainable habits that will lead to sustainable weight loss, and that means that I'm going to have some bumps in the road.
I listened to Koren Motekaitis's interview with Kristin Neff yesterday on self-compassion, which she distinguished from self-esteem. I really liked the idea -- self-esteem is telling yourself that you are great, and self-compassion is being kind to yourself no matter what, even if (especially if) you don't feel like you've been great. But it's also not self-indulgence (giving in to every whim), it's taking good care of yourself. I just used one of my Audible.com credits to get her book, since the interview so powerfully affected me and seems to capture a lot of things I have been trying to put into work.
So, the goal for this week is a self-compassionate, no-excuses, focused push toward my goals, so I can get in the 170s by the first of March.
Daily checklist for yesterday: