Be the Dinosaur!

Thursday, during storytime, I was struck by the intensity of the 2-year-olds in my last group of the day.  We were talking about dinosaurs and there was a lot of roaring and stomping going on. Those little faces were so determined, so concentrated on roaring like a dinosaur that I knew that every part of them was completely focused on being a dinosaur. This whole hearted dedication to the task at hand got me thinking about what I am trying to focus on in my life. It’s been a little more than a year now that I’ve been involved in the SA Ultimate Loser competitions and I’ve had some success doing it. But looking back over the year I think that my intensity levels don’t reflect my expectations and I get disappointing results which then lead to discouragement which lead to big macs.

This last week is a good example of this particular cycle. I tried really hard to create a good result for myself. I believe I worked harder and was more aware of the things that I was eating than I’ve ever been. I had a good weekend, as far as staying active, by going on a hike Saturday and a walk in the rain on Sunday with some friends. I did have a weekend attack of the leftover Halloween Kit Kats, which I’m sure set things back, but I was hyper-vigilant during the week and had some great days. Friday I was prepared to see a good number on the scale. I expected to be rewarded. But… the disappointment when I saw that I’d only lost 1.8 pounds was overwhelming. I really wanted to save my teary breakdown until I got home but unfortunately I did some crying right then and there. I’m sure the other people in my group thought I was being a huge cry baby, I mean I had a loss, but I was so upset because that number didn’t seem reflective of the time and care I thought I’d put into the week. I’m still rather peeved about it.

So I’m thinking I need to take a lesson from my tiny storytime kidlets. Because, while I’m present during my workouts and I’m measuring every gram of food I put into my mouth I’m not really “being the dinosaur”. When I’m at the gym I need to engage my mind and body fully to the task at hand instead of letting my mind dwell on work problems or what I need to get done at home or what I’m going to eat for dinner. When I’m preparing meals and eating snacks I need to consider not just the calories I’m taking in but what those calories are doing for my body and if the answer is “not much” I need to reconsider it. I need to be like those 2 year-olds and be fully in the moment because if I can do that I may finally see the results I’m dreaming of!

Starting Weight: 260
Week 1:  260.8
Week 2:  253.8
Week 3:  252.2
Week 4:  248
Week 5:  246
Week 6: 244.2



  1. mok Said:

    “And a little child shall lead them” the benefits of being childlike. However we hope you retain your potty training. Congrats on loosing in the face of a nasty plateau! Keep up the good attitude!

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  3. teresa Said:

    It was my intent to follow your advice and be the dinosaur this morning. I didn’t do a very good job. Its still great advice, though, so I’m going have “be the dinosaur” in my mind all week and see if I do better.

    Thanks for the walk and talk last night friend. I feel much better today!

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