Breaking through roadblocks
Friday, April 17, 2015
I woke up today feeling somewhat discouraged; this past week has not been one of my best. Although I haven't had any days I've gone wildly overboard, I have consumed more than I'm aiming for and I didn't exercise two days. What's interesting is that not doing what I set out to do seems to open the floodgate of negative self-talk: "This is too hard, why bother..." When I caught myself thinking that, I decided to STOP and take a look at what is derailing me. So here's what I've figured out so far:
1. I had decided to weight myself once a month because weight loss happens so slowly. I'm now feeling like I'm not getting enough feedback to keep me motivated. So maybe I should try a weigh-in every two weeks? Suggestions, anyone?
2. (Warning: TMI alert) I have been having issues both with not sleeping and constipation, the latter complicated by a medical issue and medication. My remedy for both is red wine, however that is not helping my weight loss efforts. I am planning to speak to my doctors about both issues as my non-medical efforts to help both (eating 35g of fiber daily, drinking 8 glasses of water, exercising regularly, taking melatonin) don't seem to be sufficient to deal with these issues.
The bottom line is, I recognize that I am feeling discouraged *today*, but that is a temporary state that can and will be changed. Failure is not when one encounters the things that are getting in the way; failure is refusing to face them and work through the issues.