I feel like I’m in that movie, Groundhog Day! It seems everyday when I wake up, I have all the right intentions of working out, eating well and making healthy choices. For the most part, I do well until about 2 PM. From there, it’s another story. I don’t make such good choices in the afternoon and evening. It’s the most frustrating thing and I feel at times like my life is a broken record. When people ask me how I’m doing with my weight loss efforts, my response is the same. Talk about discouraging.
What is it with these static patterns? I’m not one to enjoy sameness, in fact, I’ve been known to do things in my life to ‘shake things up’, In this area of life, I’ve done crazy diets, lost tons of weight but then I’ve gone back to the comfortable patterns again and again. If I want to be a healthy role model for myself and family members, how the heck can I do that if I’m constantly going back and forth with the same patterns of behavior?
TOM was here again and I went right back into the ‘I can eat whatever I want because I’m not feeling good’ pattern and it latest several days. Basically giving myself permission to eat what I want and how much I want because that’s how I take care of myself during TOM. Seriously? How logical is this? I’ve written about this topic in a previous post and it’s now coming up again this month. It seems I didn’t carry over what I learned from last month. I marked dates on my calendar, how come I didn’t take the time to prepare mentally to do something different this time? Self-sabotage? Maybe.
This next month, I am going to spend the necessary time to talk through some planning and preparation to make sure I don’t fall back into this pattern again. Pausing and planning goes a long way. I’ve experienced different outcomes as a result of doing just these two activities. The important piece which may be missing is follow through and consistency. I start off well, and then maybe after a few weeks or months, something happens and I resort back to the comfortable unhealthy patterns.
If my goal is wake up to a new day and not relive the old patterns from the previous day, following through and remaining consistent is going to be key. I was saying the other day to the weight loss support group members how I’ve been consistent with planning and preparing for other things, it might be time to set up automatic alerts to remind me to focus on the follow through and consistency of healthy behaviors in the afternoons and evenings.
Let’s see how it goes this next week.