Last week I posted that I was up 1.5 pounds and needed to make some minor behavioral changes to bring things back in line. This week I’m happy to report I’m down 2 pounds from last week, so the gain I’d seen has been dealt with. The coming week is going to be challenging for me because I’m moving house so the kitchen will be packed up for at least a few days and I’ll be at the mercy of what I can forage or keep in my car.
Last week one of the plans I made was to spend at least an hour doing physical activity for at least 5 days of the week. I frequently say “physical activity” instead of “exercise” because often I don’t consider going for a walk with my husband as exercise, it’s not really work it’s pleasure, but it definitely counts. I like to get a mix of high, medium and low intensity activity each week. Anyway, I ended up doing an hour of activity each day for 6 days, so I overdelivered on my commitment to myself.
Making a commitment to myself is the most important thing I do when I plan. When I was in weight loss I realized that there are times when I needed to be selfish to meet my goals. So now when I make a commitment to myself I become very selfish about taking the time to do the things I have to do to meet that commitment. I learned over the course of time that what I would have previously considered selfish is really self-care. I prioritize the things I do to manage my weight because the effort has repercussions beyond just my weight – my mood, how I feel physically, even my resistance to colds – are directly related to the things I do to meet commitments to myself.