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I must admit, today I’m not feeling it.  At all.  I’m not sure exactly what put me in this funk.  Sure, I could blame it on PMS, but really, that’s not the problem. 

The problem is something that Scale Warfare alluded to in one of her recent comments.  It’s the fact that once I start seeing success on the scale, however minor it is, it’s like something is triggered in me to sabotage myself.  I have no idea why.  She said that she thinks she may be afraid of success.  I don’t know if that’s what it is with me, but that does make sense. 

The thing is, even though I know exactly what I should be doing in order to successfully lose weight, it feels like I can only stick to it for a couple of weeks at a time.  Especially when my life is busy and I have other things going on.  In the summer when I have nothing else to really focus on, I can keep my attention on weight loss and do well, which is why I always lose more weight in the summer.  But when I’mworking and have a million other things on my mind, it’s like I can’t keep myself from going off track.  It’s frustrating, because I want to succeed and reach my goal weight so much, but I keep preventing myself from doing it.

I haven’t always been this way.  In the past, even as recently as two years ago, I could stick to a very strict diet and lose weight.  But that was probably because I knew that there it was going to be over at some point.  I’d eventually stop eating the Jenny Craig food, or stop drinking the fasting shakes.  It wasn’t a permanent lifestyle change.  And I think that’s the key right there.

I need to somehow figure out how to make this healthy eating lifestyle change permanent. It needs to be sustainable long term.  I need to get out of the habit of thinking that I only need to stick with it for a certain length of time, because that’s not realistic for weight loss success. 

And perhaps, I also need to allow myself to realize that because I am human, and this is for life, there are going to be times when I will gain weight and get off track.  I’m always so hard on myself when I get off track, and it leads to me giving up for a few days.  Then I finally snap out of it, but I get pissed that I’ve once again allowed myself to take 10 steps back.  I think I’m going to try to just accept it when I get off track for a day or two and focus on getting back to my healthy lifestyle as quickly as possible.  Bounce back, so to speak.

Thanks for letting me “write it out” in this HYC Update today.  I really needed to work this stuff out in my head, and writing a post has become the best way for me to do that.

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