Hey everyone, thank you for your support. It's interesting, I've made great strides since my last post. All of them have been within, creating the mental preparedness to put this WOE into practice for the rest of my life. As for the plan itself, compliance has been intermittent since I fell off after 6 weeks strong. It's been a struggle - which is a good thing. I haven't given up. I know I will commit, but I push the line in the sand back day after day. It was St. Augustine who said, "Give me chastity, but not yet." I can relate.
The deepest issue for me now is not one of the pleasure trap - though that's present. It's more the struggle of relinquishing the "right" to eat whatever I want when I want and still expect to achieve my goals. It's a process of letting go of a former way of life and seeking to master a higher plane of living. It's trading the "eat, drink and be merry" approach for discipline, sacrifice and deep rewards that many people will never see.
Like many people I have had a love affair with the rich foods that, though healthy, have kept fat on my otherwise lean body. So with most romances, it's a bloody separation. I have feelings of longing, wishing, missing, hating, resenting, the list goes on. It's actually sort of comical (and pathetic!) in that respect.
One of the greatest treasures I have found is the writing of Lani Muelrath. I have been devouring her posts on the forum and the articles on her website. As far as I'm concerned, she's the goddess of mastering the mindset required to achieve low-fat leanness. She talks about truly deciding to lose the weight. So that's where I'm at. Someone at my boot camp who lost about 30 lbs. once said to me (after I complimented her), "Yeah, but it was more fun being fat." That comment cut me to the heart! Yes, there is an aspect of "fun" taken out of our lives. But the benefit is worth the cost. Don't you think?
After being sent a link to your post, I popped on over to take a look and have to tell you that your comments have absolutely made my day. My singular most important mission is to bring tools of health and happiness to as many people as I can - and it seems that most people finally 'see' my emphasis on mastery and mindset only after some time, no matter how much I talk about it. They seem much more interested in food (of course, we love to talk about food!) and will give exercise a cursory nod - but it seems the focus on attitude and overcoming hidden obstacles take a back seat too often. Yet once we address them, the breakthroughs in the food - and fitness - come so much more easily. As a matter of fact, they are all 3 so important that when the publisher approached me about doing a book about my Fit Quickies 5 Minute Workouts, I said fine- as long as I get to address the other 2 pillars. So all 3 are addressed in the book.
So, thanks for speaking up and I have no doubt you have helped someone else today.