I woke up this morning thinking about the gap between where I am right now to where I need to be so I can say this one coveted word: “GOAL!” Oh boy, I am looking forward to that faithful Saturday where I can share that news with my Weight Watchers community. Lately, people have been asking me if I’m done losing weight. This is what I know: I feel great – I am so much more confident, I am wearing a small size, and I have tons of energy. However, I started this journey to not only feel good about myself, I did it to get into the best health possible. When it comes to health, on paper (by every measure I can find) I am still (conservatively) 20 pounds away, my BMI still indicates that I am “overweight”.
If you want to see yours go to the American Heart Association website and find out how you fare. The truth is if I hit the middle of my weight range that Weight Watchers recommends I will have a BMI of 23.1 which would put me within the ideal percentage. This blog is a place for reflection, and I think I need to learn more than I know right now. If the past 10 months have taught me anything, it’s that I know I can lose another 20 pounds. It’s just hard to imagine that I need to – why is that?
Could it be that I’m just used to seeing other people who are more overweight than they really ought to be? Could it be I’m in denial? Could all of these resources I’ve been reading are wrong? I mean I read a statistic that just blows me away,, nearly 40% of Americans are obese. They attribute this finding to: 1. long work hours (guilty), 2. sedentary lives (not anymore), and 3. portion sizes (I have to work at this every day).
There is a multitude of reasons why I, and so many others, need to lose weight. It could be our culture is just making us sick. Genetics is a real thing, the truth is it’s just harder for some of us to lose weight than it is for others. Don’t even get me started on the fat shaming that goes on every day. I’ve been a victim to that and it’s just cruel, it overwhelms me with sadness to think about how insensitive people are to each other. It’s not just a simple choice to be healthy or unhealthy. Weight loss is a nucanced issue with many complexities. There is a lot I don’t know.
I do know a few thing though and here they are…
- Only you can decide when the time is right to begin.
- Having a support system is very important.
- Be informed as to what & how much you eat: weigh, measure, and track your food.
- No foods are “off limits” but don’t make things harder than they need to be.
- Weigh yourself once a week and don’t let the “number” be the boss of you.
- Reflect every single day.
- Laugh. Having a sense of humor helps a lot.
- Remind yourself that you are extraordinary because you are.
- Find some kind of physical activity that you enjoy doing, and do it for that reason.
- Learn how to cook healthier foods and make sure to include a variety of foods.
- A nighttime routine helps to prepare for rest so you can keep going the next day.
I hope you know that I am rooting for you. Weight loss is really hard some days, but we can do this together. So when you feel like it isn’t possible to say no to temptation; say like a Carvel Flying Saucer (that was last night’s struggle)… know that you’re not alone. You have the power to say “No” you have the power to say “Yes” and depending on the day and the reason both will get you to your ultimate goal. Believe it.