Eyes on the Prize

Sometimes, when a goal comes within reach, you want to power through to the end to just be finished. It’s so close you can taste the victory. That’s how I’m beginning to feel being within 20 lbs of my goal.

This weekend saw me imbibe a lot of alcohol and eating some foods that had sugar in them which resulted in my weight loss being stalled again and likely will be for another 4-5 days. That is hard on me mentally as I’m in the home stretch toward my next goal. I was hoping to at least get to within 15 lbs of my goal by my birthday, but I don’t see that happening now. I’ll be lucky to be back at my lowest of 192.5 by Tuesday next week.

This is one of those times during weight loss that people feel tested with a diet or eating plan. I totally get it; there’s a sense of failure and sadness, feeling like you’ve messed up and that all the hard work you’re doing has been sabotaged. Even at 95 lbs less than I was on September 1st last year, I still feel like I’ve derailed my progress when in fact, I’ve only delayed it a bit. I have to remind myself that I still fit into my 34″ waist trousers, and that the weight gain I’m experiencing right now is mostly water weight from swelling (which I experience whenever I eat anything with sugar in it now) and that the delay in weight loss is only temporary.

My daughter and I recently (2016).

I comfort myself in knowing that this is a cycle I’ve experienced before, and I powered through it each time by sticking to the plan. This isn’t the first time I’ve had a delay, and won’t be the last. I also comfort myself with the knowledge that as I continue to stick to the Paleo lifestyle, I feel full after each meal, my body gets the nutrients it needs, and I’ll be back to losing weight again soon enough. It’s like long-term financial planning. The markets will go up and down and our nest egg may lose some value every now and then, but ultimately, as long as it keeps getting bigger and bigger, those dips in value become inconsequential.

I have never considered giving up. I made a decision last August to stick with the Paleo lifestyle and I’m proud to say that I’ve never given up. With the few exceptions of holidays, special events, and the rare treat, I’ve followed Paleo to the letter. That’s why I’ve been able to lose weight at such a steady rate with such great success.

My daughter and I in 2015.

My wife says that my secret weapon in my ability to be completely dedicated to my weight loss is that I am a former Marine. She thinks that I’m able to steel my mind on a goal and stick with it better than the average person. I don’t know how true this is because I think it’s within all of us to dedicate ourselves to sticking with a goal. Think of it this way: It’s a promise we make to ourselves.

If you are the kind of person who takes promises seriously, then make a promise to yourself to stick with the lifestyle. Write it down, post it on the refrigerator or make a desktop wallpaper for your computer and put it there. Write it on a Post-it note and put it somewhere you can see it daily. Do whatever it takes, but if you are the type of person who keeps promises, then keep this promise to yourself!

We all stumble and fall sometimes. It’s the tough who get back up and continue towards their goal. Be tough. You can do this.

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