Just a week or so ago, on Black Friday, I made a big, glorious plan/pledge for how I was going to get to my pre-surgery weigh loss goal. And after a week of trying, unsuccessfully, to eat just the Bariatric Choice food and protein shakes with no Lean and Green meals, I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t.
I can’t. Those are two words you won’t read very often on this blog. Being the perfectionist that I am, I rarely allow myself to say, write, or think them. I always push myself to do the things that I might’ve thought that I couldn’t do. But now that I’m older and wiser, and I’ve been at this weight loss game for more years that I want to admit, I have come to realize that sometimes the best laid plans are not realistic. And being realistic is what will help me achieve my goals.
Because December 17th was just some arbitrary date that I came up with. My original thinking was that if I could hit my goal by then, I could have two weeks to enjoy the holidays and indulge a bit. Because I would’ve already been weighed in at Kaiser, and I’d have 4-6 weeks before my surgery, and if I did gain anything, I’d easily be able to lose it. But really, that was “stinkin’ thinkin’.” Unrealistically pushing myself to get to goal just so I could relax and let loose and probably gain weight that I’d have to lose again? That’s not smart. Nor is it healthy. And it sure isn’t what my weight loss path has been about.
So…now I’m ready for Get to Goal Plan, 2.1
- Eat BC food and protein shakes for breakfast, lunch, and snacks
- Eat a Lean and Green dinner
- Workout for 60 minutes, 5 days a week (30 minutes of which will be walking Sofi)
This 3-pronged approach will help me have something to look forward to (the L&G meal), but it will also make sure that I’m getting in my calorie burn because of the increased activity. I’m going to keep my calories to 1200 as I have been, but I want to make sure to get more intense workouts in, so that I can really see some movement on the scale.
And because I want to be realistic, and this IS December, with lots of holiday celebrations, I will allow myself to have some “goodies” here and there. Like wine on my night out with the girls, or some finger sandwiches next weekend when I join my mom, sister, nieces, cousin, and aunt to have afternoon tea in San Francisco. I’m accepting the fact that I am going to take longer to get to my goal, but I am also guaranteeing the fact that I won’t gain weight during this time, and will in fact keep losing.
Sometimes you have to say “I can’t” in order to get to the place where you know I WILL.