Monday, May 2, 2011
Pausing to evaluate
For those of you who have joined the Healthy Habits challenge, we're 3 weeks into it and may want to pause and see how you are doing with accomplishing your goals. I know when I joined the last challenge, I had some goals for myself amidst the challenge goals. I wanted better control of my eating. I wanted to be more consistent with my workouts. I wanted to make sure I didn't let go of either of those goals as we packed up our home to move. And I wanted to lose the rest of the weight I'd gained from the move the year before.
I felt great about how much control I had over my eating howEVER I knew in my heart that if I just went a few more steps beyond what the challenge specified (notice that there aren't any limits in portion control, how many grains/starchy vegetables we eat, how intense our workouts are, etc.) that it still is possible to get a perfect score and not lose weight. Maybe you don't need to lose weight (or don't care if you do), but if you're like most of us, you do.
In the last challenge, many people reported losing 10 or even 15 pounds after the first 4 weeks. I hadn't lost an once. I kept going on, feeling like yes, I was healthier, but wishing I had some outer results as well as inner. So after 5 weeks, I decided to really crack down on my eating and do what I knew would help me lose weight and feel great (which for me is a very high raw diet). I felt fantastic and lost 8 pounds and several inches in those last 3 weeks. I felt like I'd truly reached my goals by the end. I even stopped eating at 8:00 when we were driving in late to our new house. My goals were in tact and I fit into my old clothes again.
With this challenge, I decided to start out the same way. Get the control down with the goals as is and then stop to evaluate after a few weeks to see what I needed to do to truly reach my goals. I'd hoped to pause after 2 weeks, but I did have some dark chocolate on Easter Sunday for my free day and it messed me up a bit. I craved sugar most of last week and got off track mentally. I finally have my mind back in place with my body and am ready to raise the bar for myself for these last 5 weeks.
Maybe you're not ready quite yet, or maybe you've struggled more than you've thought you would and don't even want to continue. Don't give up! It's all part of the process. We have our ups and downs and shouldn't throw away what we once thought to be worthwhile goals. Pause for a moment to contemplate what you really want and then continue onward.
Let me know how you're doing! And remember, don't give up!