Saturday, June 1, 2013

Lose The Last Five Pounds- With Accountability

First or Last: A Challenge
The last five pounds are as challenging to release as the first five.  In the beginning, when it comes to fat loss, we have to overcome inertia, make some new eating choices, and get moving.  We have to face the fear of failure, and we have to sacrifice some things that have given us pleasure or solace in the past.    Many of us, myself included, have to find a new way to soothe our feelings of fear, frustration, and irritation.  I also believe that, for a certain percentage of the overweight population, it is crucial to get un-hooked from foods that drive our over-eating behavior.

This is challenging enough, but as we approach the goal we've set for the scale, the tape measure, or the jean size, outward pressure and urgency to change eases, and the old voices of complacency get louder.  To make it just a little harder to stay the course, you are most likely at a healthy weight and fitting into society quite nicely, thank you very much.  Perhaps friends, co-workers, and loved ones have begun to ask,

"When are you going to stop?"

May I suggest that you stop at your goal?   There is something powerful about actually reaching the goal that you set.  I f you were climbing a mountain, can you imagine getting two footholds from the top and saying,

"That's enough, I'll just head back down now."  No?  I didn't think so, but the final distance will take your best efforts when it comes to fat loss.  Although I found that I could wing it and follow my food plan only 80% of the time when I had 40 pounds to lose, and still make progress week after week, now as I close in on "Ideal"  there is less wiggle room in my eating strategy.

That's why accountability is crucial at this stage.  A few days ago after Turbulence Training class I was talking to my friend Peggy about stalls in fat loss.  Both of us had been less than committed to tracking everything we eat.  We made a pledge to each other that we would track every bite and taste of food for the next three weeks.  We shook on it and Peggy said,  "I'll bet we lose five pounds."  Music to my ears.

There is solid research available that shows that people who keep a food diary lose more weight than those who don't, but many of us aren't willing to write everything down for our own sakes.  Why not add a friend or ally to your team by telling them about your plan to keep a food diary?  All of a sudden, your record keeping isn't self absorbed or obsessive anymore.  It's a way of helping a friend.

Here's the You Tube video I made on this topic.  My skills are a work in progress.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wneS-MXQK8E