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In it for the long haul....

Friday, October 16, 2020

We all start this journey to change somewhere. I have a goodly number of years to my bones, so I have started diets/ exercise regimes/ healthy eating plans/ whatever you choose to call them....many, many times. I've also drifted off track a corresponding number of times!

Recently, I was asked to consider whether there is a 'Right Time' to start a diet plan. After all, people start at the beginning of a year, month, for a forthcoming event etc. What is motivation? An external or internal process? What works best? Do you need both to succeed long term?

My most significant 'right time' was triggered by external motivation ie the Hospital said, 'Do it or your situation will get worse.' They set me a weight loss target and dietary guidance. These guidelines, and the days I spent on a 'Liver Ward' amongst some very poorly people , changed my whole motivation for some time. I lost the 10% starter weight they suggested; followed the diet to the letter and found myself in a better place.

Then the struggle started. Increasingly, I've gone off plan. I've regained some of the lost weight - not a huge amount - 4-5 lbs - but enough to feel annoyed and then ...'Oh, so what...' about it. I'm afraid the spiral kicks in again.

Constant monitoring is so hard and snacking is so very easy!

The truth is that the motivation was external. I haven't really worked out what I can personally control and what internal 'triggers' control what I eat, why and when...and why these triggers over-ride my common sense. It's a learning curve and I'm still peering round the bend on this one.

I need to stick with my commitment to my long-term health....even if I need to repeat and refocus ad infinitum.

This is a life-supporting change for the rest of my life.

I recommit to my plan today. Go Me!! emoticon
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