Today I came home from the doctor really happy. It was my family doctor - I see her every three months just like my endo and my gastro. Since May I have lost 25 pounds. Hip Hip . . . .
What I did was not just measure everything I ate. I decided to not measure my success by my goal - meaning I'm gonna lose "x" amount of weight. I decided to measure my success by the journey. Did I take all my meds and on time? Yes. Did I write down everything I ate and calculate my calories and carbs? Yes. Did I think about everything I put in my mouth - water, quality food, quantity food? Yes. I walked as much as I could? Yes. I looked for a day to day success in my actions / life instead of day to day success on a scale. That sucker bounces up and down so much I was making myself crazy.
And, three months later, I felt like a success before I went to her office. And the rest / the outcome on the scale -- Well, it took care of itself. I walked out of her office really happy.
Funny, I tell my students this all the time. Do the homework, study every night, participate every day in class and the test grade will reflect the journey. Why didn't I listen to myself? Focus on the journey.