Hang tight or adjust.
In May 2008 we had an incident that led to us needing a new bed, stat. We chose a Sleep Number bed. We went and were body mapped based on our sleeping styles and given the ideal number at which to set our individual sides of the mattress for the most comfortable night of sleep. It took a little bit of getting used to, but I am a walking billboard for a Sleep Number bed now and cannot imagine buying any other kind!
As I lost weight there were nights, sporadically at first and with greater regularity later on, which the bed just did not have the same comfort as it once had. I shared with a friend how I was less happy with my bed after only six years (when it was meant to be a 20-year investment), and how bummed I was because I once loved it.
She sagely observed that I was quite a bit less hefty than I once was and maybe my ideal number had changed.
So I went back in and was remapped and sure enough, the change to being a back sleeper and the reduction in my weight changed my number 20 points. The salesperson reminded me that I needed to adjust and keep it that way for a minimum of three nights as sometimes it took a bit of time to really reap the benefits and to return in 21 nights if it was just not helping. I adjusted the bed and voila…blissful sleep was once again mine three nights later. I mapped again at another 50 pounds lost and then at my goal weight and the ideal number changed each time.
I told you that story, to tell you this story…
Things that worked so well for however long a period of time may not always work as well. They may need tweaking. They may need adjusting.
They may need some waiting out before the benefits are seen. But don’t get into a habit, no matter how good it once was, that you cannot see yourself adjusting it as needed…WHEN needed. In the beginning, when my body was more easily shedding pounds because there was so much more to shed, I could experiment and have trials and errors that didn’t seem quite so impactful. But in the homestretch of the last 20, those unbearably long periods without change often led me to tweak to keep moving forward.
If I were doing exactly what I did today to have lost my first 100 pounds, I do not believe I would ever have reached my goal weight. Because the things that were effective in the beginning did not all translate into a solution for life.
They were on the path, but they were not the final answer. Sometimes I gave up on something too soon because I did not give it the time for the results to develop. Sometimes I stuck with something for too long because I was certain it would become effective…either again or at all.
Sometimes I ignored my inner instinct and each and every time I did that, failure to progress was the result.
Listen to your body and your instincts.
Now certainly, some approaches…such as eating fats and not looking for the low-fat or nonfat versions seemed antithetical, but when I learned the science behind it, could accept it.
That is really different than ignoring that still, small voice inside of me.
Don’t be in a rush, but don’t delay action. It’s a bit of marrying the art and science and there is no clear exact timing on so many things…but if actions are working for you, KEEP ON DOING THEM. And if actions are not working for you CHANGE TO SOMETHING THAT WORKS!
Don’t let anyone tell you what you are doing is wrong if it is healthy and working for you. You know you better than anyone else.
Focus on health, focus on results, focus on your goal…and reach it!
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