This hasn’t been a good week in terms of my new goal of exercising my stomach three times a week. The back to school chaos amongst other things have meant that I just haven’t been able to start. I have kept up the intermittent fasting, but nevertheless the failure to carry out the newest target has left me falling prey to a common pitfall; I let perfect be the enemy of good.
Whenever I stumble on my weightloss journey I decide I’m going to need to be perfect and push ahead faster. I start to give myself tougher goals to get there quicker. I can’t keep doing that. I need to take a breath an assess where I am realistically.
The way I was going to push myself this time was to start calorie counting. I’ve been avoiding that because calorie counting makes me become obsessed about food. It also gives me the impression that one day I can stop calorie counting, which you can’t. People often criticise calorie controlled diet because ‘you can never stop’. But the truth is that whenever you need to lose weight the change needs to be permanent. I will always have to eat less than I am now.
I want to focus on changes that I know can be a permanent part of my life. That’s the only way I can achieve long lasting weight loss.
So, no unnatural calorie counting at the moment. If I stall in the future I might have to turn to that, but in the meantime I want to focus on changes. After all, my eating is out of hand at the moment and I truly believe that if I look at how and why I’m eating, I’ll reduce the amount I’m eating.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.Philippians 1:6
This week I want to start the stomach exercises, but I want to add in another goal too.
Although I’m not eating when I’m fasting, I’m eating anything and everything when I’m not. So my next goal is to stop and think before I put something in my mouth that isn’t good for me.
I’ve done this before with the “I Deserve a Doughnut” app, which is wonderful for getting you to reflect. Let’s see how this goes. In the meantime….