It’s All in How You Look at It

I feel like a fraud sometimes. Not the indictable kind, but a fraud nonetheless.

When people find out I’ve lost (and still haven’t found) 100 pounds, almost everyone responds with a variation of, “Oh, you must have worked so hard!”

That’s when I feel awkward, because to be honest, it didn’t (and doesn’t) feel like hard work at all! Yes, I work out a lot, and yes, I pass up a bunch of cake. And I mean a bunch! It’s not fun and games 24/7. My best week was probably 23/7. :)

But after years on the diet bus, I finally realized that my thoughts were making the process more difficult than it had to be. By chipping away at the negative, road-blocking thoughts and replacing them with a more positive, road-clearing outlook, I finally found success. My tippy toe steps (summarized brilliantly, if I do say so myself, HERE for newcomers) made it almost seem–dare I say it–easy!

I was thinking about outlook and perspective today, while I was trying to warm up for my walk on a cool and blustery day. It was around 70 degrees, and I was grumbling about how chilly it was. And then I imagined the same scenario next March, when I’ll be jumping with joy when we have our first 70 degree day. :)

Cake Day Progress Report
Memory Refresher: I am collecting points for minutes exercised beyond my required 30/day. When I reach 1000, I win a cupcake!

Current tally: 197–almost at the 20% mark! And actually, the total should be 297, but someone threw a brownie into my mouth and I decided to forfeit 100 points.

Attention, Kroger Shoppers
Much to my surprise, my local Kroger has Fage Yogurt individual cups on a 10/$10 special. That’s a savings of $0.50/cup! I didn’t see it advertised in this week’s circular, so it may be a local thing, but I thought I should spread the word. (No affiliation; just passing along a good buy.)

And that’s it for me for the week. Blog-posting-wise, that is. I’ll spend my online time over the next few days catching up on your blogs. Until then, I’ll wish you all an amazing weekend! It will be, if you choose to see it that way! :)



17 thoughts on “It’s All in How You Look at It

  1. I love your tippy toe phillosophy. As you know, I believe you have a book here.
    And I super love your cake day!!
    Once I’m in “Onederland” I may implement such a thing.
    I’m trying to stay on the “no stops” train until then.

  2. I like your approach. I’ve found over the past few years that too much focus on food/weight/blogs/etc. actually contributed to my stopping losing weight rather than continuing. Beating ourselves up all the time is no way to make positive progress. You cannot move in positive directions on a negative path.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Love these maintenance posts, Cammy – and your philosophy. I strive to be more along the lines of where you are in your thought process. I still find myself bellyaching over how ‘hard’ it is, sometimes. Your outlook is definitely contagious.

  4. I LOVE your thought process. I went out for a bike ride this morning. It was 57 degrees out. What I wouldn’t have given just 2 weeks ago for a chilly bike ride- yet this morning I almost talked myself out of the ride!
    Thanks for the Fage tip- I will check out our Kroger!!!!
    Have a great weekend!!!

  5. I totally get what you’re saying here. I’ve been blogging about weight loss for longer than it will eventually take me to lose the freaking weight. And I will wonder what took me so long! But something will have clicked.

  6. i love your POV!! It’s 105 in Texas today which right now seems MISERABLE but I know once February rolls around I’ll be yearning for sunny skies!

  7. Tippy Toes – Baby Steps Yesssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I had learned this lesson years ago, but am supremely grateful that I didn’t learn it years from now. :)

    Hugs,
    Mary

  8. You said it! Really, thinking such negative thoughts about our weight just drags and weighs us down more than necessary sometimes. And it even backfires sometimes too! It really is in how you look at it. I think that we should all just try to live as healthily as we can and not constantly beating ourselves up over our body image.

  9. Cammy, I just love your positive common sense outlook that has netted a steady maintenance. I just printed out your tippy toe steps for my bedtime reading. Must study!

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