About Fogdog's Weight Loss

STARTING OVER (AGAIN)...

Through failure we learn to succeed! This is a blog about fighting back. It's about picking yourself up off the floor, dusting yourself off, and getting right back in there. It's about holding yourself accountable, having the right mindset, and learning to live a healthy lifestyle.

Join me as I take the journey and try to stay on the path. Learn from me through my successes and failures, and help me learn from you. As one blog I am weak, but as a community we are very strong. Let's Succeed Together!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spiraling Back Into Control

I've always been like a light switch when it comes to healthy eating.  Either I'm gung ho sticking to my eating plan, or I'm pigging out every meal with no regard for my intake.  This time it feels a little different.  This time I shifted focus away from worrying about my eating and instead put my energy into not letting my weekend fall from grace drag me down into a pit of depression.  So far it's worked.  I had more to do at work this week than I have in the last few weeks.  Those weeks where I felt so stressed out were nothing compared to this week, but yet I feel more calm. 

I'm taking a much needed vacation day tomorrow to do a bunch of yard work.  at 6:30PM I still had hours of work to do in the office, but I told myself I had done enough; the work will be there when I get back on Monday.  I went home feeling like I won.  It might not have been the best I've done with eating this week, but it was as good as I could muster.  With no pressure tomorrow at work I feel like I can take another step and have a good eating day.  I already talked about guy's night on Saturday so I'll probably indulge a little, but then I have Sunday to take another step back toward my healthy lifestyle.

One day at a time, one step at a time.  I don't have to just flick the switch and try to fix everything at once.  It's truly a different way of looking at life in general.  Even my best friend told me this week that he sees a change in me.  I didn't spiral out of control last weekend, I hit the side of the mountain and burst into flames.  The journey back has been up and down with a little more up each time.  My hope is that by Monday I'm right back at it, pushing hard to improve my health.  I've got two more weeks to go before I weigh in again and I want to see some progress though to be honest I haven't even thought about the scale for the last two weeks.  Interesting, I didn't spiral out of control; I feel like I'm spiraling back into control.

-Stay Strong!
 
[Photo: Flickr / Masakazu Matsumoto]

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Exercise in "Good Enough"

Just a quick post tonight; I want to exercise my brain to learn that it is OK to just put something out there without making it perfect.  Ok so I'll probably read this once or twice before I click "submit", but you gotta crawl before you walk right?

I'm surprised how I feel today... I haven't done particularly great so far this week, but at the same time I could be doing worse.  There's no guilt and even though the work is piling up, not really much stress either.  Today I made two big plans that will help me to relax a little and enjoy life.

First, my buddy and I are organizing a poker night this weekend.  Since we moved here I haven't had any "me" time so I'm excited to get with the guys for a little Texas Holdem.  Yes there will be bad food there, but I won't be drinking since I already agreed to be the DD for another guy that lives near me. 

Second, Mrs. FogDog and I agreed to take a trip right after Christmas.  We're going to drop the kids off in NJ with the in-laws and then fly away to New Orleans.  We haven't had a vacation alone for almost 3 years now, so I'm looking forward to it.  The kids are thrilled too; they would rather stay with their grandparents for a week than go with us on a trip!

Anyway, I'm probably not losing weight this week, but my mind "feels" so much better right now.  This is the one difference I'm noticing this time... In the past I would be filled with guilt over screwing up on the weekend, but now it's more about just working my way back up onto the wagon.  I'm out of the ditch and climbing back up!  Thanks to everyone who commented on my last few posts; it's great to have some support.

-Stay Strong!

[Photo: Flickr / Viri G]