This week I viewed a short video talking about the cycle of failure that often surrounds weight loss programs sent to me by Danette May. I’ve talked a lot about that myself, so I am always curious to learn more. We all truly want to be successful and sometimes we just need the tools to get there. You know the hardest part isn’t losing the weight, right? It’s the keeping it off and maintaining those healthy lifestyle changes you made to get there. Hence, the cycle of failure surrounding lasting change.
Personally, I don’t do big swings up and down with my weight and health. I have learned, after years of trying, to maintain where I am. That is good and a celebration to be had. Others are not so fortunate. I know many who have huge swings in their weight. What unfortunately happens is when you return to prior habits, you end up gaining it all back, plus a bit more. It is so disheartening and sad and truly a phenomena I’d love to change.
Enter the clip I watched, with a simple easy addition to my healthy lifestyle journey. This blog is actually all about what this person was saying, but I liked her explanation as to why it is so critical. Basically, she said that one of the reasons people don’t hold on to the lifestyle changes and weight loss is because they lose sight of their WHY. The reason they started the journey in the first place. Once the weight is off and they feel better the WHY slips to the back of their thoughts and sure enough the old habits creep right back in.
This really makes sense to me and honestly it is true. I have shared so many of my tips and strategies for maintaining this healthy lifestyle. They are tools that helped me hold on. I’ve shared my drive and motivation to keep going, even when injured, to move my body every day. I’ve even shared that this month I added meditation to my morning routine, albeit short, to keep my mind free from stress. Well, unfortunately not totally living stress free, but working toward it. It’s very hard to keep stress out but I am building some walls around myself as we speak, yes walls! That may be my next topic – People Who Care too Much or People Pleasers…
The short, simple idea the video I watched gave me is to not only Declare My Why, but to write it down and return to if often. I definitely declared my why when I started this blog. Read my first post here to refresh your memory if you missed it. Keeping My Memories Taking my very personal journey public was a big step for me. What I don’t yet do though, is return to my WHY, look at it, reflect on it. I’m thinking a vision board may help me with that, but not the average one. It’s truly never been about imagining myself in a sexy beautiful body, though that sure would be lovely. Rather, it’s about seeing myself as a HEALTHY, HAPPY GRANDMOTHER surrounded by her beautiful family and KNOWING who they are!! It’s about living my life to the last breath and living it to the fullest.
When I declare my why I say, “I REFUSE to allow Alzheimers rob me of my memories! I REFUSE to suffer the fate of my grandmother and mother! I REFUSE to lose!” This is my motivation and my drive. It pushes me out of bed when I don’t want to get up and exercise. It pushes me to think about what I am putting in my mouth. It helps me hold on to the gains I’ve made these past years and continuously pushes me forward. It helps me not stray too far off the path, even though there are bumps along the way.
Please take a moment this week and drill down to discover your why. Why do you want to lose weight, or get healthy? If it’s to look good for a special event, that may not bring about lasting change, for once the event is over old habits may creep back in. Think beyond one event or moment in your life. Think bigger. Let’s all put on some armor as we attack this challenge, for this quest is truly a battle. Let’s wage war on those old nasty habits and banish them once and for all. Declare your why boldly! Write it down, paste it visibly in your living space. Look at it often, especially in those dark moments that will surely come. Hold tight to your WHY and it will be the power that pushes you through this journey.
I love to share quick recipes I’ve discovered and enjoyed.
Recipes(Courtesy of Danette May)
- Organic Red beets (shredded)
- Ezekiel Organic Sprouted Tortilla 6″
- Grass fed, hormone free Feta cheese crumbled
- Homemade Hummus
- Organic arugula
Spread hummus on tortilla (1 tbsp), layer on red beets, small amount of feta and arugula. Wrap and eat. I used both raw and cooked beets. I personally preferred cooked, but many prefer raw and the crunch. P.S. – I’ve HATED beets my whole life and would never even put one in my mouth. I tried and loved this wrap. A favorite lunch choice.
Homemade Hummus (courtesy of Danette May)
- 1 1/2 c organic chickpea (cooked or canned)
- 1/2 c of the bean liquid or water
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 c Sesame Tahini organic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp organic lemon juice, or juice from 1 organic lemon
- 1 tsp salt
- pinch of cayenne pepper
Put all in Vitamix or blender, blend and serve. DELICIOUS, simple and clean!!