|First or Last: A Challenge|
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.