Do What Works and Stick With It!

A couple of years ago, I lost 40 lbs. I used SparkPeople’s free tools to help me do it.

I counted calories by logging my food.

I measured out my food to help me log it.

I kept track of how many calories I burned by logging my exercise.

And slowly, over time, I stopped doing all that.

But I had a talk with myself. I said, “Self.  You know what works. You need to do it. And you need to continue doing it and never, ever stop.”

Pretty daunting – to do something forever. Especially when what you need to do is hard. Not hard, challenging. To fit in an already busy day. But fit it in you must. Because you deserve it. Because maintaining good health is better than fixing bad.

So I have to go back to basics. I just have to. It worked and while it was challenging at times, it wasn’t impossible.

Today, I printed out a calendar. I have scheduled time for me every day – before I’ve even transferred over the scout meetings, the church activities and the due-dates for my bills. I did it because I knew if I didn’t, I never would.

I also printed out a two-week meal planner. This is not a menu planner that gets posted on the refrigerator so the kids know what’s for dinner. This is a meal planner for me so I know exactly what I’m eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Why? Because planning sets you up for success. Lack of it guarantees failure. I’m living proof of that.

I grabbed my pretty, red measuring cups and my food scale (yes, really) so that I can relearn what a serving size of food actually looks like. People in the US have a really warped sense of what a portion really is; hey, we want to get more for our money, right? We got it: tight pants, jiggly bellies, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

I found what works for me – what works for you? I suggest you find it and stick with it – forever. Because only then will you continue to have success.

The time is now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Already doing something but had a bad week? Put it behind you and look forward. You can’t change the past. Tomorrow isn’t here yet. Don’t worry about it. Worry about today and take it one day at a time.

It is the premise of SparkPeople – creating little streaks, one day at a time.

It’s time to start mine today. What streak are you creating? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

This post is part of the Mamavation Monday Carnival. Be sure to visit the site to read of others successes and struggles!

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23 responses to this post.

  1. I love it! And, I am going to check out sparkpeople! Thank you!

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  2. Love this post!! I never plan ans I really need to.

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  3. So true! It’s a pretty simple equation, really, but so easy to get out of the habit. You’re gettin’ it, though! Thanks for the encouraging thoughts.

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  4. I never heard of sparkpeople, I have to check it out.

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  5. Back to basics girl. I hear you! I’m so glad you are part of the Sistahood! XXOO

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  6. Good for you for dusting off that food scale and the measuring cups again! I know that my most successful weightloss comes with food journaling and I started doing it again. I am re-learning everything and don’t want to give it up, ever again! This time it’s for good!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • I am so glad I’m not the only one who busts out the measuring cups. Back when I did the first time, TMB kind of made fun of me. But he’s not making fun of me anymore – he realizes that this is what works for me!

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  7. Good for you! I also measure and weigh my food.

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  8. Great job recognizing what works and going back to it. Mine was setting a goal to train for a 1/2 marathon. I trained hard and I lost weight in the process then I stopped moving after the race and I gained it all back. I am signing myself up for another one so I get myself back into the grove. And this time I know how bad it hurts not to be trained enough so this time I will work even harder. Good Luck this week!

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    • What a great goal! Eventually, I’d like to work up to running, but right now, I need to get back into my basic groove. But it is a goal.

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  9. LOL@ tight pants and jiggly bellies, yes the combo is a deadly mix when put together. I think you’re heading for success. Looking forward to your future posts.

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    • Thanks! And because I stopped doing what worked, I did get the tight pants and the jiggly belly – it ain’t a pretty sight!

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  10. Go, lady, go! I think half of being successful is having and following a plan, being organized. So you sound like you are ready for battle! Go get em! 😀

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  11. We do all love the “more for your money”! We’re trained to believe bigger is better…now I just need to un-train myself.

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  12. Get back to journaling and you’ll be a success. I have only been logging my food for a couple weeks, but have found that it does work!

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  13. WOW! Good job on motivating us! Yes – we all KNOW what we need to do – and good for you for doing it 🙂 You’re aweseomsauce!

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