I’ve often heard it said when chatting with friends and family that they say things like “oh chocolate is my enemy” or “that hamburger doesn’t like me” all related to gaining weight.
Sometimes it’s related to preventing weight loss, but you get the idea.
I’ve been trying to lose weight for years now, off and on, off and on, off and on, me on plans or diets and the weight loss or gain.
I study things like what I’m eating and say things like “I need to stay away from fast food” and so on.
As you can see from the chart below, my calorie intake goes up and down but mainly up at the weekends. Now I don’t need to start hating weekends, I just need to have a look at what goes wrong at that time.
Usually, its me relaxing, eating and drinking too much with family. Now, I’m not going to change that feeling because I enjoy it, that’s why I do it. What I can change is perhaps what I eat and drink. Make better choices.
Now whether I do that or not is all down to me. If I do it, great, but if I don’t, who do I blame? Who is my enemy. ME!
You have all heard the saying, “your own worst enemy” and it’s true. WE can’t really blame others if we make the wrong choices, or choose not to exercise, or choose not to track our macros.
I’m the world’s worst so if I want to make a change to my weight, my mindset or whatever. I need to be willing to make a change to me, and wha’s more, stick with that change and by Accountable to myself.
Now I know we all have bad days, and I’ve had good advice about drawing a line under it, forget about it and move on. That’s what I do, but the problem is that I seem to be happy to draw a lot of lines.
I’m now realising that if I want to lose weight, that if I want to lower my blood pressure and if I want to fix my heart, then I must know my enemy.
What makes them tick, what are their weaknesses but instead of exploiting the weakness, I try and turn it into a strength.
So this week I will make goals that I will stick to. Whats more I will publish these goals here and if anyone wants to hold me accountable then drop me a message to check out my @socialsteve instagram.
- Maintain my 7 hours sleep pattern
- Complete an early morning walk every day.
- Try and cycle to work for at least 3/4 days – 1 day I need the van to go into town.
- 30 minutes exercise each day on top of doing my 10,000 steps
- No sweets for the whole week (to start with)
- Do not get stressed out.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War