by Dr. Scott Briggs
Well it has officially been a full week for me on my health challenge. As much as I don’t want to, I am writing the truth about this past week.
Honestly, I am a little frustrated today. Although there were a few positives, I feel like there are more “didn’t quite hit the mark” moments from this week. Here they are. First and most frustrating: I jumped on the scale this morning and “what to my wondering eyes did appear,” up two pounds. Your read correctly, I have gained two pounds this past week. UGH!!! Why?
Let me review. I still need to establish and write down my goals. I did not exercise as many days as I was suppose to. I have not finished reading the introduction and “how to” sections of the DASH eating plan book. There seems to be an underlying issue here. Poor time management. I am letting other activities, some of them good, take time that I need to be committing to my health.
Here is the most likely reason behind my weight gain this past week, too few calories. I know, this sounds backwards but the physiology does support this. There is a section in the DASH book that has a chart showing me the calories I need to consume for weight loss. I have seen the chart, I have not read it or used it yet. It is there, it is simple, it is strait forward, and I know the science, so why? Why am I trying to tackle my health issues with only a small part of the information? I could list for you a number of reasons for my poor preparation but let’s be honest, reasons are really excuses. I cannot think of any situation where excuses are good. All an excuse does is help us rationalize poor performance. This needs to be fixed!!
Goal setting, I keep harping on this. This is another big loss for me. My only measurement for success or failure this week was the scale. The scale told me I had failed and since I had no other measurable outcomes established, my perception is failure. Had I taken the time to record the measurements of my body that I should have, I may have lost some inches. Had I taken pictures of myself at the start and then again this morning I may have been able to see some changes. So although the scale shows a poor performance, these other measurable outcomes may have shown success. I have got to get my goals established and written down!
I don’t want you to think that the past week was a complete failure. There have been some positive changes and I am encouraged by them. I will write about them later this week but right now I have some work to do.
I hope your first week was full of success. Please share them with me, I would love to hear about your journey. If your week was like mine and you are realizing that more work needs to be done I encourage you to share that too. We will continue to fight the good fight together.
Thanks for listening to me. I am finding writing this blog to be more encouraging to me than I ever thought it would be.
Wishing you great health
Dr. Scott Briggs is the owner of Briggs Family Chiropractic in Converse, IN. He has been a chiropractor for over 15 years. He has invited everyone to join him in his health journey for 2022. You can visit the first post on this to receive free helpful downloads. Click HERE to find that post.