It is time I think, for a little something different.
I am Ms. Mimsy and I am my own worst saboteur. As far as confessions go, it isn’t an original one and it isn’t likely to make the crowd gasp with surprise. We do have fresh coffee ant the back of the room if you’d like though.
Here’s the thing. I recently sat down with a trainer and worked out a system. It is a six week plan and at the end of the six weeks is an evaluation. Again not Earth shattering news. But here’s the thing. In my head, I know that it takes time for my body to adjust to the new work outs (which it is actually doing) and it takes time to see the results.
But decades of weight loss shows, celebrity bodies bouncing back immediately after having kids and of course You Tube make me feel that if I am not seeing dramatic weight loss then I am doing something wrong.
I know, the truth is I want slow and steady weight loss. I want a steady decrease and not a massive drop in my weight. That is what is good and healthy. But in the back of my head I think, well, shouldn’t I be losing more weight? And then I sabotage the new program even before it can get off the ground.
I also learned that going an entire six weeks without measurements of any kind will just let me drift off into never never land and cause me to pack on the pounds without thinking about it.
So I am going to try something new for me.
For the next six weeks I am not getting on the scale, but I am going to do a weekly measurement. Bust, Waist and Hips. I know those numbers won’t fluctuate a whole lot. I’m not going to lose six inches in a week and that is fine. While there are many mental images in my mind’s weight loss file of people holding up the large clothing that once fit them and dropping them to show their new figures, I always remember the visual on those rather than the inches lost.
Plus while Doctors give you a weight range as a target and I guess about how many pounds I think I should be losing, I have no real mental scale for how many inches equals a pound of me. So it is still a measurement and I will have to do my best to stick to the outlined plan, but I think I can do so without sabotaging myself because I don’t actually have any set expectations. But since I know I have to measure myself I will keep a record and therefore stay on track.
That is the plan. And for the next six weeks I am going to be trying it.
This week’s measurements will be called the Start and next week: May 14 will be called Week 1 of 6. Week six will land on June 18th. My birthday is actually on June 27th so it will be a week before my birthday and therefore clear of any birthday extravagances (I always have champagne and ice cream cake on my birthday – not always together, but you get the gist.) It is also a long enough time that I will know how the new system is faring by how I feel, and hopefully by my measurements.
I’m sure people with expertise in this field would say that the inner saboteur must be faced down, but right now I think it might be best to be sneaky and not talk myself out of the new routine. I think it just might work. Hopefully you will not mind seeing measurements instead of the scale photos for the next six weeks. And who knows, perhaps this system might work for some of you out there with your own inner saboteurs. I’ll post as I go along and who knows, we all may find something helpful.