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I’ve had a bit of an epiphany these last few days.  Part of it came from a conversation I had with LC about just buckling down and sticking with the Medifast.  Part of it came from a guest blog post that Brad Gansberg wrote on Tara’s blog.  And the final impetus I needed came from Jenna‘s comment on my blog post yesterday:

Before I lost weigh I used to feel the same way. I think what was happening to me was that I would make say, 60% good choices. Then I felt so darn good about myself for making SO many good choices that I would give myself all sorts of pats on the back, free passes, special occasions, etc. thinking that I deserved them. So those 40% free passes basically evened everything out, canceling out all my “good choices.” Same with working out–I’d feel so proud of myself for working out, I’d have a nice little snack when I came home from the gym…likely canceling out the work I just did. When I finally lost weight, it was because I went 30 full days with not ONE pat on the back. I was 100% for 4 weeks, didn’t weigh myself (so I wouldn’t get down if I didn’t lose a ton the first few weeks), and just resigned myself to the rules I had set for myself. My social life sorta sucked, but it was worth it to commit for 30 days with no exceptions. I think balance is important long term, but not when it’s time to buckle down and get the work done.

And so I have come to the conclusion that it’s time for me to earn a #30daychip.

So what will I do to earn my #30daychip?

  • Stay on the Medifast 5-1 plan.  Eat 5 Medifast meal replacements and 1 Lean & Green meal.
  • No deviation.  No “special occasions.” No treats.  On plan, all the time, for 30 days.
  • Get activity in every day.  This may mean a walk with Lulu or an Afro Belly Boogie class, but I need to move every day.

Feel free to keep me honest throughout the month of March.  I’ll see you 30 days from now with my results.

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Why does it seem that weight loss is so elusive for some of us and so seamless for others?  That’s the question that Scale Warfare and I were asking ourselves today, and we didn’t really come up with a great answer, so I thought I’d open it up for discussion here.

In my own case, I’ve been trying, albeit off and on, to lose weight for 3 years now.  I’ve actually been trying to lose weight my whole life, but I’ll say that I’ve been really active in the weight loss blogging community for the last 3 years.  Some days I feel like I eat, work, and sleep nothing but weight loss and related topics.  Yet I haven’t even begun to lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off.

Why is that?

The easy answer is that once I get a bit of success, I get “cocky” and think I can scrimp on measuring and counting and then I fall back into old, bad habits.  I get complacent and stop working out as much.  I stop preparing food ahead of time.  I’m inconsistent.  I give in to urges and cravings.

But there has to be more to it than that, doesn’t there?   Because I’m more often counting, planning, and preparing than not.  I’m more often restricting, watching, and denying than not.  So why doesn’t the weight come off more easily?

And why does it seem like some people start eating their veggies and the pounds just fly off.  It doesn’t seem fair, does it?

But then again life isn’t fair, and so maybe I’m meant to work harder at this than someone else might have to because that’s the way it goes.  Just like I have an easier time writing this blog post than someone else might. And some of you can run marathons and others of us can’t.  We’re all different and unique, so maybe our journeys are, as well?

Because if it were as simple as calories in vs. calories out then I should have much more success than I’ve had, and I reckon that many of you are in that same boat.

So what is it?

I may never figure out the perfect formula for weight loss, but I will say that for myself I’ve been really trying to stay with it.  To catch myself before I completely derail my progress.  To make tiny changes or major tweaks, but to keep up with what I’ve started and not get deterred from my mission.

Because I can want it all day long but I’ll never achieve it unless my actions are consistent, comprehensive, and continual. So I have to fight the good fight and know that even when the scale doesn’t show a loss, my body will catch up eventually as long as I am doing all the right things.

What do you think? Is it just a matter of patience and perseverance, or is there something else?

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