Last fall I started, yes, let's say that, a weight and health program that was part of my health benefits through work. I received a digital scale that tracks my weight directly to an account set up on line. My plan started just a few weeks before Halloween as the days were starting to get very short. What follows Halloween is Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and then the cold dead of Minnesota winter, holiday after holiday of tempting treats and cold weather comfort foods. I was not successful using the tools provided. That's another fib. I wasn't successful because I plain didn't use them. Fortunately, there is no time limit on when you can take advantage of the plan and start fresh with new goals. Sunday morning I started over and gave myself a new 16 week, ambitious, but I think realistic target. I do need to state, I reviewed my overall weight loss goal, and desired timeline with my doctor. She is fully on board with the pace of my target provided I get the basic required nutrients and don't succumb to any fads or long term fasting.
I could pretend I followed along on all the lessons each
week in the 16 week Foundations section, and jump straight to the Focus part of the system. I
only would be cheating on myself, so am starting from day 1, week one,
lesson one, Getting Started. The four phases are 1) Eating Healthier, 2) Increase Activity, 3) Overcome Challenges, and finally 4) Strengthen Habits. I have to admit, the cyber scale is still a little intimidating. When I look at the chart and see the daily up and down, it is almost distracting. Daily weigh in is emphasized as a critical component to weight loss, but the jiggity line is sort of jarring. I'd like to see a much more down leaning line.
I'm also skimming the web for ideas to combat trigger areas for over eating or couch surfing. I like a good rainy day to give me an excuse to hold up inside and tackle some projects that I put off when the weather is nice. However, multiple days of rain, or entire week of rain like we've had since last Tuesday makes me long for comfort foods and extra trips to the kitchen or my snack drawer. Light, particularly sunlight, is a natural deterrent for me from mindless eating. Eating at my desk or in front of my computer doesn't necessarily make me want to eat more, but it does take away from the natural satisfaction, which then might make me feel deprived. Deprivation feeling is when my resolve takes a nosedive and I cave into the food craving of the moment. I also have to get over being tired in the morning, and tired after work-no excuses for not getting a minimal walk in and some daily exercise. Hopefully, I'll use my computer as a help this time, and not let it be part of the problem.Wish me luck on jump starting my cyber tools again.