Stick to the Plan

We all have good intended plans to do this or that. Mine so happens to be to lose the weight. I really need to do this for medical reasons as I mentioned in my other post (2015 New years Resolution Follow Up). We all struggle to stick with it and sometimes it’s easy for me and other times it’s not. The month of June has been hard for me. Doctor or family visits have taken my off my rhythm but the one thing that I have noticed is that I have developed a battle cry or mantra, “Stick to the Plan!”.

June has been several Dr Visits to the urologist and that means getting off the bike prior to and after the visits. Add wet weather and family dropping in for visits and you get a recipe for disaster. It’s during these time that I tend to eat more than I should and of the wrong things too. I know I gained two to three pounds and that is the direction I do not want to be going. Losing, not gaining weight is my goal. That’s why keeping a rhythm is very important. When you in it, everything is clicking and falling into place. Even a stutter won’t affect you because you get back into step and keep going. It’s when you have to stop for one or two weeks that everything falls apart. You lose that momentum you had going and can be very difficult to get going again especially when you have to stop again within the same month.

I see others struggling with their weight loss and the bad habits they have formed (and cling to). They refuse to give up their old ways (type and quantity of food they consume) and go out to discover new healthier foods to eat. I have to tell myself that I can’t help everyone. I need to focus on myself first so that I can be there for them later in the long run. All I can say is if you don’t have a plan, get one and stick with it. At the very least, start with drastically reducing SALT and SUGAR from your diet. Toss that Salt shaker and those artificial sugar packets out of the house.

For me, words of encouragement or recognition that I have lost weight is a tremendous boost. That in turn fuels my motivation to help myself and others. If I discovered that the kingdom of Old Ways have invaded with their armies of bad eating, overeating and laziness, I rally my troops with the battle cry, “Stick to the Plan!”. I may lose some battles and win many others but that’s how war goes. Carry on!