May 12, 2010

Getting in the right mindset

I'm catching up on episodes of "The Biggest Loser." I have several backed up in my DVR, and I think I stopped watching at about the same time I started concentrating on my novel-writing.

It all comes back to that balance problem of mine. When I'm writing, I'm not doing the weight-loss thing the way I should and vice-versa. I need to find a nice, even balance between the two.

I suppose we all do. If balance came easily, none of us would need to lose weight. We'd all already be perfect. ;)

How about 12 hours on, 12 hours off?

Nah. That won't work. Speaking of things that won't work, have y'all heard of "The Skinny Switch"? I keep watching that infomercial, wondering if it could really be that simple — "two days eating, one day treating."

Then, when I think about it, it's not all that different from WW, with the Flex Points. You could spend 2 days eating just the daily Points allowance, then use a chunk of FPs on that third day, no problem.

Something to think about, I guess. Right now, I'm not so convinced WW is the way to go. I know it works, but for some reason, I've been unable to make it work for me lately, because I've flat-out been unable to stay OP.

I've even entertained the idea of going back on Atkins ... except for the fact that I'm not sure I could eat that way for the rest of my life. There was a time when I thought I could ... but then I fell off the low-carb wagon and couldn't get back on. Also, I never made it to Atkins' "lifetime maintenance" phase. I was perpetually in Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL).

I know I can lose on Atkins, because I lost 110 pounds doing it. Of course, I regained 70 of them once I stopped doing the low-carb thing. It took 2 years to lose it and 2 more to regain it.

Maybe I should shake it up a little bit by trying the Skinny Switch or 6 Week Body Makeover. Then again, maybe I should just stop making excuses and start doing WW properly. I know it works, too.

9 comments:

  1. Hey Arlene, hang in there. I know what you mean about either/or. I'm that way some times. I concentrate on one thing so much that it seems like way to much effort to tend to my eating plan too. About the Skinny Switch, I haven't seen it, but I think anything can work on the short term and maybe that's what you need. At a recent WW meeting the leader talked about all the other diets we'd been on and suggested that each one had something to teach us. That sent me on a week long reprise of the grapefruit (10 days 10 pounds off) diet of my college years. I lasted 5 days (and yes, 5 pounds off) but couldn't do it any more and the pounds were back in only 2 days. Good luck!

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  2. I know it can be hard! For me, when I lost my 158 pounds I realized I needed to do something that was sustainable, realistic, and would really teach me to change my lifestyle. That looks different for each person.

    I had joined WW so many times, but it just never stuck with me. It's a great program though!

    Stay strong and you will find the balance/plan that works perfectly for you!

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  3. do what works for you! I've found that 99% of it is a battle of the mind

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