I weighed in yesterday for the first time since being in Oklahoma. While I was at the gym I decided that it was important to have a fresh starting point because every scale is different, and I want to know exactly how much I’ll lose in the coming week. And the moment I stepped on the scale became a fresh start for me just as it has every week for over a year.
And with that fresh start comes attention to detail. At this point, I’m pretty good at calculating points in my head. And while the goal is to eventually look at food and know how much I should eat, I’m not yet at the point where I can safely estimate everything. Sean compares counting calories to using training wheels, and the same comparison can be made for me in counting points.
Tracking my food intake has been a huge part of my success so far, and I believe it will continue to take me where I need to go – down the successful road to weight-loss. But let’s be clear (mostly for myself.) If I’m outside of my environment for a week or a few weeks or several weeks it is just as important (if not more important) to maintain my food journal because guessing just isn’t good enough.
I am done playing the guessing game I’ve been playing with myself in the last week and a half. I will no longer allow myself to guess how much I consume. Weight-loss is serious business, and it’s time for me to refocus by getting back to the basics. I’m not saying that I’ve eaten horribly or fallen of the proverbial wagon. I have not. I have not lost control nor have I eaten exorbitant amounts of food without thought, but I haven’t been doing my best either. But I honestly cannot say how much I’ve eaten or overeaten because I’m just not sure. And that is unacceptable.
My body is capable of working out (which I’ve been doing…yay!) And my brain is capable of making excellent choices so that’s what I’m going to do starting now. Some things will always be out of our control, but other things – like the choices we make to better our bodies – are always our choice to make. I’m ready to start making the best choices again because I’m happiest with myself when I’m doing everything I can do to make my body healthier. And with that knowledge it becomes crystal clear that there’s no other way to live.