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Counting down, ditching Mr. Yoyo

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

My last blog was April 24 and I THOUGHT I was getting serious... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

It's been oscillation city, folks...or yoyoville...whatever you want to call it.

Whereas the image I'd like is more like a down elevator or escalator...

But I am wrestling with Core Stuff here and you know how that is!

My Core Stuff seems to be the classic yoyo syndrome. Two or three days of eating and exercising well (but probably eating a bit too little) and two or three days of bingeing just enough to destroy my gains, due to the aforementioned "too little" days.

Also Core Stuff for me is Carbs At Night. I think it was Bren's blog that flipped this light switch for me (that's JITZUROE for those of you who don't know Bren...but doesn't everyone know Bren? If you don't, you should...her awesomeness quotient is way up there.).

Also someone mentioned the Bedtime Banana. (just figured out that this was GREASYJOAN - thanks, Natalie)

OK, I admit this is not what I yearn for at Bedtime (nasty minds get out of gutter please, thank you) but I will settle for it and I do find that it is often quite satisfying, carb and sugar-wise.

So - last week was unprecedented. I was down 2.5 lbs in four days...until Friday rolled around & movie-with-the-girls night bounced me back up a half pound. Recognizing the yoyo effect, I said, "Fine, Mr. Yoyo, I will just play with you a bit this weekend, but come Monday, you have to go home."

So I let myself have a Few Treats...but on Monday I resumed good behavior, but - and here's the point - I Didn't Overdo It!

Wasn't sure if this would work, but hey, said I to self, at least if I can beat Mr. Yoyo, that's progress. All right, it's only Tuesday, but I'm back to 143 - where I was on Thursday last week.

I'm aiming to lose a pound a week by this method. Aiming for more of a loss invites Mr. Yoyo to take up permanent residence and I think we need a divorce.

The countdown is SO helpful. I'm thanking 55WALKER here, who started this with a friend of hers. She posts a number every morning - there are nearly two months left in the countdown - and our goal is to lose 10 lbs by day 1. I have lost 8, if I can maintain where I am now through the week.

Oddly enough, setting a goal means nothing to me unless I have a daily reminder of how much time I have left. The ticker doesn't help. But ticking off this number every morning is a GREAT reminder of where I am on this journey to divorce the Yoyo Man.

Thanks to all my Spark friends because I know that reading about your journeys has contributed to this light bulb...a special thanks also to TINAJANE in Italy who has written so well about maintenance. Losing involves maintaining, the two are not different at all, one requires the other.
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    Thanks. You are always so encouraging. emoticon
    2908 days ago
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    I have nothing brilliant to add to this insightful blog except to say:


    Toss that yo-yo in the trash, unless it's yo-yo ma.
    2914 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9234910
    It looks like you are getting to know yourself and the way you work better! Great to read this! Now you lost me with the Carbs at night and banana thing!!!
    2914 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    I think that you are on to something here. Great idea using the countdown method to get where you want to go. I agree that a smaller goal that you can consistently meet helps.

    Have fun!
    2914 days ago
    Good thoughts for me to ponder, as I play with the yoyo a bit too often as well....
    2914 days ago
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