Priorities.

Losing weight is not my main priority right now. I’ve literally just realized this.

There have been times in my life (weeks and months at a time) when my main focus really has been forming new habits to lose weight. And it worked. I think that’s really what you have to do sometimes in order to make progress and really figure this whole thing out.

But I keep getting frustrated because I’m ONLY about TWENTY POUNDS away from my ultimate goal. It shouldn’t be that difficult for me to buckle down and get it done. I want to lose 2 pounds a week like I have in the past.

But you know what? I’ve already lost twenty pounds. In fact, I’ve done it TWICE, actually ALMOST THREE TIMES already. And that’s pretty fucking awesome and it took a lot of work.

So sure. I would like to lose around twenty more pounds and/or lean out by decreasing my body fat percentage.

But I would also like to finally land a full time job that pays well. And I want to finally get an apartment with Jake. And I want to get a puppy. And I want to get married in the next two years.

Those are my priorities right now.

I’m not going to stop running or eating well or drinking enough water, because those things make me feel good and are part of my lifestyle now. And I’m not going to use this as an excuse to go back to old habits I’ve already broken.

But I AM going to stop getting frustrated when I don’t see major changes in my body or my weight. I have other things to focus on right now.

I’m 55+ pounds down and that’s pretty fucking awesome. I’m much better off now, when it comes to my health, than I was a year ago. I’m not going to give up. But I need to recognize that I can’t expect to see steady progress when I’m not making weight loss a big priority.

It feels good to have reached this point in my journey.

Committing to becoming a healthier, more physically fit person, means a lot of things. One of the hardest things, is to challenge dogma. Whenever I was on a health kick, I started labeling everything.Things were either “healthy” or “bad.” 

Bad foods inevitably fall into the category of “cheat meals.” And while I’ve always thought that “cheat meals” where important, it wasn’t until recently that I started paying attention to the fact that sometimes the seemingly innocuous labels I use, do in fact trigger some negative feelings towards food. 

I was out celebrating this past Friday and I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was doing something bad. That I was cheating myself out of gains. In the short term that may be true, but when you look at the big picture, I should have been focused on my friends and not counting calories!

I love food! I’m not going to allow myself to force myself into a corner that doesn’t really exist where I have to choose between health and a good meal with friends. 

Cheat treat meals are important to me. I’m not going to ruin them by feeling guilty anymore!

In the winter sometimes fresh produce is expensive. You can use frozen veggies. They are generally flash frozen at the source and may actually have more nutrients than “fresh” vegetables that have been sitting in nitrogen filled refrigerator containers for six to eight weeks. 

Another option is vegetable juice. Here in the States it is very cheap because it is a byproduct of vegetable canning. At about a $2.50 for a half gallon (1.89 liters) that is a lot of nutrition for your money. Forget V8 or the other name brands. Buy generic and add a dash of pepper, tabasco. lime or lemon juice.

If you are buying fresh produce then buy cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or kale instead of iceberg lettuce. Lettuce provides some of the least nutrition per dollar spent. Don’t forget your orange veggies: carrots, squash and sweet potatoes.

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