“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
You are not the same person you were twelve weeks ago. First off you’re twelve pounds lighter. Second mentally you should be in a different place. You should have learned what you can and cannot eat. You should have learned that eating while hiding is a bad idea. You should have learned how to Be Still. There are also a million other things you should have learned that I cannot name. This was your journey, not mine. What I learned will be a little different from what you’ve learned. This is where this recap can help you put some of what you learned on paper.
What did you start doing that you want to keep doing? How do you plan to keep doing it?
What did you do that you want to stop doing? How do you plan to stop doing it?
Is there someone who is helping you on this journey? How do you plan to thank them?
How do you plan to thank yourself? Let’s try to not make it about food.
What are you most proud of? I hope you are proud of yourself.
What I learned after 12 weeks was that I could not eat after 9pm. Eating late caused my scale to either stay the same or go up. There is a lot of science that backs this up, but again I’m not about to give you that science. Google is amazing. What I did was listen to my body. Now with that being said my body always wanted to get hungry at 10pm. Since I don’t go to bed at ten this always caused issues. I learned to trick my body by drinking hot tea. If I drank some chocolate flavored tea it was a double bonus. No hunger and I felt like I was getting a treat.
I also learned I could not eat more than 1800 calories per day. On days when I barely moved 1600 was max. I learned this by using the Lose It app. I logged what I ate and paid attention to the scale and how I felt. I didn’t learn this overnight. There was a lot of trial and error. What this caused me to do was think about what I planned to eat. If I had a heavy breakfast I got a light lunch. If I was having a big dinner I ate less earlier in the day. Staying in the calorie window at times was hard. There are 400 calories in a medium Chick-Fil-A fry and 440 calories in the sandwich. Once I put my 90 calorie mayo packet on my sandwich and drink my 20 calorie diet lemonade I’m at 950 calories. That is half my budget on a good day. Before I began logging food I would have regular lemonade and two mayo packets. We are not even going to run those numbers.
The point is I’m more conscious of what I put in my mouth. I’m more aware that my decisions today alter my tomorrow. I’m more aware that I feel better when I do better. Take some time and evaluate how you feel. Take some time to appreciate what you’ve done and how far you’ve come. Write down what you’ve learned. You will appreciate all these little notes the further you get in the journey.
For month four, get ready to move something. Ok I’m showing my age. If you get the reference just keep singing the rest of the song in your head :).