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Operation 55

It’s incredible the difference one day can make. Only yesterday, I felt directionless…stuck, and bland. Since then, I’ve cleaned my place up, and have cut my sugar consumption down by 90%, and even took my Sigma 21-35 (film) lens out for a spin, which is what I’ve been wanting to do for weeks.

Yesterday I felt like deep-fried death: today, I feel like twice-baked LIFE. 🙂 Yes, that’s cheesy, I know. But I’m cheesy when I’m happy. So now that I’ve shifted my perspective and have adjusted my  “life lens”, I can see just how bent out of shape I am. My BMI is through the roof- it’s grotesque. I’m officially overweight. 😦

I’ve created a document folder called “Operation 55” because I’m going to lose 55 lbs. I’m currently right at 180 lbs. That’s whale territory in my book. (If anybody reads that and finds it offensive, keep in mind I’m referring to myself and nobody else. If you’re STILL offended after reading that, you may have some bigger issues going on that insecurity. 😉 )

Moving on!

Within my special document folder, I have subfolders which are titled “Goals” and “Info”. I’m categorizing and documenting everything. I’m being just as anal regarding losing weight as I am concerning my school work- when I’m doing the student thing, that is. This is only day 1, but I’m already making strides towards major change. I’m practicing what we call (in psychology) “contingency contracting”, which is an impressive way of saying, “I’m telling somebody about my plans so I can be held accountable.”

So…I’m adding a time-ticker/counter, which will count down the days of my weight loss journey. I’m giving myself 6 months. No crash diets here. The healthy and realistic amount of expected weight loss per week is right at 2 lbs, or 8- 10 lbs per month.. Anything faster than that will most likely not stay off and will end up being put right back on.

I think losing 55 lbs. in 6 months is a fair trade and an obtainable goal. My intentions are not to merely “lose weight”. If that’s all I was trying to achieve, it’d be pointless. I’m going after a complete lifestyle change instead. For example, today I traded a slice of cherry cheesecake (which I didn’t eat) for 1 large piece of raw ginger, 1 large (raw) garlic clove, 1 large piece of turmeric, 1 large bunch of fresh parsley (chopped up) + 1 bottle of lemon water (which I did eat). I’m trading an unhealthy behavior for a healthy, positive one. And I’ll try to make 3 (ish) new trades per week. As long as I’m moving forward in my body and mind, then I’m on the right track and will see incredible results.

I’m excited. I’m driven. And I’m encouraged.

I’m hopeful and I know I can do this. 🙂

DreamscapeMJ

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12 responses

  1. ‘That’s whale territory in my book’.
    love it.

    I do the same with me…..I’ve reduced my sugar too.
    make a lot of difference.

    January 17, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    • I was grossly addicted to sugar, Gav. Only a few days sugar-free and wow- you’re right; makes a big difference! I learned that it can actually cause brain fog and lethargy.

      January 17, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      • I found cutting sugar out completely very bad for me…..they say 6-9 teaspoons is the correct amount.

        January 17, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      • 6-9 teaspoons over how much tie, do you know- is that daily? And I know what you mean. I’d go completely bonkers with 0%- (I’m going to supplement most of y sweet intake with natural honey.) I think I’ve heard that the average person consumes 12-14 teaspoons per day, which is HUGE. (I was consuming 30+ per day, easily, with my candy and gum addiction.)

        January 18, 2017 at 10:05 am

      • Yes. 6-9 per day. The benefits are amazing. People who make the change are no longer diabetic.

        January 18, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      • Ok, right. It’s interesting to know that we get any of those teaspoons through processed foods. Like, even if we stopped eating sweets altogether, we’d still get “enough” sugar through processed foods, fast foods, and even any “health foods”. I didn’t know that until I saw it on a documentary.

        January 18, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      • the docos are really good.

        January 18, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      • Yep.

        January 19, 2017 at 12:29 am

  2. all the best with it.
    you sound very committed.

    January 17, 2017 at 9:05 pm

  3. Moving forward is key!! Good luck in your journey!

    January 18, 2017 at 3:02 pm

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