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Information Overload

Posted by Susan on May 14, 2009


Pictured above is a fraction of my exercise and diet book collection . I have TONS of books containing every kind of diet and exercise program imaginable , and I’ve tried my hand at them all at one time or another . I was a true sucker for anything that promised miracle !

I was and still am a member of Spark people.com . It is a great sight don’t get me wrong, but I was always looking for a better way. I would comb through the profiles , looking at people who made tremendous transformations and tried to emulate their programs . I tried to stick to a body builders diet , I did Body for Life , I did South Beach, Atkins, I did weight lifting programs, cardio until my legs felt like they would fall off ! I tried to be a matathoner , a triathete , I bought every protein powder and fat burner on the market. I bought every piece of exercise equipment that was working for other people. I would research every new idea to dealth.

I definately believe there is such a thing as information overload ! Too much info. can be as bad as not enough . All of these programs were good for the individuals who were doing them, but it didn’t mean they were good for me ! I would try something for a few weeks or a few months and move on to the next thing. Never giving myself a chance to reap any benifits . It was crazy and I was getting nowhere….wasting time and money.

Finally I got to the point where I was ready to give up completely. I figured I should just accept myself at the size I was , and stop all the maddness ! Deep down I knew I would never be happy with that though , and I am so glad that I never went that route.

It wasn’t until I decided that it was time to do what worked for me , that I began to see results. I knew I needed to find something I could live with , that I could find satisfaction in, and something that produced resuts. I knew that super restrictive was not something I could sustain for more than a few months at best . I don’t have the money to sink inot all the expensive powders and foods I didn’t even like !

I decided to get back to basics, eating normal food, keeping it as healthy as possible , counting calories, weighing and measuring portions , finding a workout program that I liked that didn’t leave me bored to tears, but wasn’t so difficult that I got frustrated . Once I did all that , everything else fell into place. The weight started to come off , I felt better, I looked better . My mood improved, my attitude did too.

I have stopped searching for that miracle. I’ve stopped trying to do what worked for someone else . I do my own thing, and it is very basic, but it works for me . I guess the bottom line is , you have to do something you can live with, something you enjoy, something that allows you to live a normal life. To enjoy special occasions and holidays, to go out to eat now and then.

I’ve learned more about myself and my body in the past 5 months than I have with all the research , profile reading , and book study I have done in the past 2 years . I know that I am doing something now that I can do forever . I am so glad to be off the merry go round .

I will keep all the books for now . One day I will just get rid of them all ,though. I am not longer on the never ending search . Looking at my rows and rows of books reminds me of how important it is to remember that I am unlike anyone else . My body works like no one elses . And most of all they remind me that the miracle can not be found in a book, it can only be found deep within myself .

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Confession Time……………

Posted by Susan on March 29, 2009

Ok, time to come clean….this morning when I got up I couldn’t help myself…..I weighed myself ! I know, I was going to let it go, and I have, but I was curious. I am at the exact same weight as I was at last week’s weigh in. That makes me feel a bit better.

I need to start thinking logically here………..I am 158 lbs. down from 186 lbs. at the end of last year, and down from 210 lbs. from the every start of this journey. I am only 13 lbs. away from my ultimate goal of 145 lbs. My weight loss progress is going to slow down…….the less I have to lose the harder it will be to lose it. I need to keep my eye on the prize and keep moving ahead. I feel like in this year so far I have learned sooooo many lessons, and Friday night was one of them. I have come a long way. So what I need to do is be patient, and be good to myself, and just know in my heart I will get there. I feel really positive about that. So, as I know I should’ve left the scale alone this morning….I am only human, and yes a bit scale obsessed to a point. But it is getting better. I am going to have some tough weigh ins a head of me now . I need to be prepared for them, take a deep breath, and keep in mind that it is normal.

On to the week ahead……..as much as I feel sad my week of freedom from work has ended, there is a part of me that is happy to get back into the comfort of my routine. I need routine in my life (the control freak in me !), it makes me feel calm. I have a ton to do today to prepare for it, cooking for the week, and getting some things done around the house, and I would love to find time today to do a SS cardio session. I’ll see how it all goes.

I also want to get some reading in today. I am reading an excellent book right now and I suggest it. “Naturally Thin” by Bethany Frankle. If you are a reality tv fan as I am (guilty pleasure) you will know her from ” The Real Housewives of NYC”. she is a natural foods chef and has some really good strategies for portion control and eating out. I usually read these books and take what I can use from the advice and leave the rest. I intend to keep up what I am doing now, because I have learned the hard way : “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it !” That being said, I like her thinking, it is logical, and makes a lot of sense to me. I will use most of what she outlines in the book when I am finally at goal and I am working on maintaining . It is a good read though, it is written like she is talking to you, and it is easy to understand and relate to.

Ok enough rambling for one Sunday ! I am off to start my day and get things done !

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