A week ago I was 90.2 kg, now I’m 90.6 kg, how did that happen?
Fairly simple answer, I lost my resolve on Thursday, helping organise my partner’s work “shout” for morning tea for his birthday. This was followed by going out to dinner on Friday and then an afternoon tea for friends on the Saturday allowed all my weaknesses to chip away at my resolve.
However, if my training as a scientist has taught me anything, it is that failure has just shown you one more way not to do something. The best thing to do is to try again using a different approach and to learn from your mistakes. So it is time to do a strengths & weaknesses analysis and from this, construct a plan which will keep the motivation up to lose some weight.
- I am reasonably fit and should therefore have a reasonable level of metabolic activity. Losing weight shouldn’t be too hard if I control what I eat
- I have a fairly good knowledge of nutrition – what foods I should eat and what I shouldn’t
- I’ve lost weight before using the Body for Life approach. (The “for Life” bit obviously hasn’t held up but what can I learn from this previous weight loss needs to be explored)
- My partner’s next birthday is 362 days away 🙂
The last couple of days has provided ample information about my weaknesses, so I might as well use the information.
- I like food – a lot. Especially the sweet and fatty stuff – not helpful!
- I am a binge eater. A packet of biscuits does not last long in my presence.
- I am a social eater. When I am eating with others around I lose track of what I have consumed and just keep going (perhaps growing up with two other siblings I am competitive around food? Might have to think about that some more
- I can’t stand wasting food – I’ll eat it rather than have to throw it out. This is not a healthy approach, but it is a very strongly ingrained behaviour.
- The leverage I thought I would get from blogging about it isn’t as strong as I thought.
- As much as possible I have to make sure that only healthy food is within reach.
- At social events where food is being served I will have to monitor myself far more carefully.
- I need to apply psychological leverage to reinforce the advantages of losing weight (see below).
- I need to set some goals. Normally I prefer to take a more organic, adaptive approach to life but some firm goals can reinforce positive actions.
- Specific goal – to weigh 89.0 kg by next Monday.
- coming from a family with a history of heart disease and diabetes, better nutrition seems prudent
- after sugary/fatty treats I feel mentally and physically sluggish, to the extent where a nap is necessary. Not a good look.
- an appeal to vanity – I’ll look better a few kg’s lighter.
So week one was a bust and I now have 0.4 more kg’s to lose. But that’s okay. A little adversity can be a good thing – a reminder that success requires effort AND planning.