Change Happens…

Change happens with or without me. The thing I to decide is what choices will I make next. Often times, there is no hiding from change. It will seek me out and I am left to deal my new reality and what I can do to make things work for me. I just need to remember, that with the right motivation I can do anything I set my mind to doing.

A Chance to Change…

If given a choice, would it be better to change or stay the same? Sometimes change can be completely daunting. It implies more work, it can make people feel unsure if they are up to the challenges change may bring. Change is a departure from what is known to a more uncertain future.

A chance to change is also an incredible opportunity. In many ways change is a gift that has the potential to redefine life itself. Change is the stuff of growth, it reveals inner strength and flexibility. Change flips old habits into better routines. Change is the very thing that can boost our relationship with ourselves and each other.

Weight loss, careers, relationships all of these things can rest on a chance to change. The most reassuring thing I can share is that the choice is up to us. Will you change your life? Or, will you embrace your life as it is now? I am voting for change. I’m going to remind myself to work from a positive spirit, to celebrate what is good about me so I may aspire to be more than I am now. Change, it’s scary but it’s also wonderful.

Better Choices…

Here are a list of foods that would be a better choice to control hunger.

  • Acorn Squash: Rich in vitamin A so it boosts the immune system and helps eyesight. Even though it’s sweet for squash it does not increase blood sugar and it is a fantastic source of fiber. I love to cook these in the oven and fill them with vegetable chili or stew.
  • Avocado: Offers healthy fats, monounsaturated, which helps to keep hunger at bay and to feel more satisfied. I enjoy having avocado toast as a nice change for breakfast. I notice when I eat that I feel satisfied for hours.
  • Rainbow Carrots: A colorful sweet food that is really low in sugar. They are high in antioxidants (beta-carotenes and hycopene) which is linked to lowering risks of some cancers. I eat these all the time, I like them cooked or raw. If I cook them I add a little cumin and salt they’re very good.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: A great cheese to eat with tomato and basil (I ate a caprese salad the other day) it is high in protein and low in fat (even for the full fat variety). Turns out, that people who eat the full fat mozzarella cheese are less likely to be obese.

So those are my recommendations for today. If your wondering where I got my facts, Time Special Edition 100 Healthiest Foods to Satisfy Your Hunger.

Comebacks & Control…

I am relieved to share that today was good day. I ended the day rolling over 3 SmartPoints. Even though I went to see Endgame, Go see it they did a fantastic job, I really loved it. I did not eat movie popcorn or candy. I brought in my own snacks (Shh don’t tell). Another thing I did today for me was that I went food shopping and bought a bunch of good options for the upcoming week.

Regaining my sense of control over my eating habits is a sensational feeling. I feel like I’m on the road to a comeback.I’m reinforcing the habits that have served me so well. I feel physically better and that is its own reward too. There are these little moments that come up where I have to examine if it’s external or internal hunger that

I think my rally was inspired by my WW community. This week I heard stories about how members like, Lorraine were able to plan for and control her food choices during the Easter holiday. Outstanding! Others were able to indulge the one day and return back to normal habits the next. Amazing! Rose shared that it was only when she was able to overcome her fear of success that she was able to lose that last little bit of weight that was keeping her from goal. Inspiring! While another member shared that she had some regrets about the way she handled the holiday, and that really resonated with me.

I hope you had a great day on plan. One day at a time, one decision at a time.

Drastic Measures…

The day started great.

But it got worse as the day went on. I’m officially in a bad patch on plan. I’m going to my WW meeting tomorrow but I’m not getting weighed. I just can’t face it. I don’t think it will be helpful. It’s not that I’m in denial I know I’ve gained this week. At this point it won’t be feedback it will be a beating. I will start over tomorrow.

Today, is the day I read my emergency letter I’ve read it before, and it really helped me. One piece of advice I gave to myself is to think through what happened before these old habits came back. I am worried that I squandered my time over the break and did not do enough to prepare for the week ahead. I have quite a lot of work to do and now the clock is ticking. A better way to deal with this is to just get started.

Tomorrow is a new week and another chance to start again. I’m not giving up on me. I see what needs to change, and I’m good at making change happen. I’ll write a list that helps me and I’ll start tomorrow.

Thank you for reading, thank you for supporting me on this journey. I am grateful to have this space to share. I hope it helps you too.

Keeping the Faith…

One definition of faith is “to have complete trust and confidence in someone or something”. Another is “to have allegiance to duty or a person, or fidelity”. Perhaps my favorite definition, “something that is believed especially with strong conviction”. This may sound bold, but I have faith in myself.

Trust & Confidence

I trust that I know what to do. I have confidence in myself because I have proven that I know how to make the WW process work for me.

Allegiance & Fidelity

If I can’t have allegiance to myself how can I dedicate myself to anything? My fidelity is for my good health, and I am worth all of this effort and attention.

Belief & Conviction

The story I tell myself wraps up my beliefs. So, I am telling myself a story of success because I am convinced that I can make that story happen.

I tell you this, because I want you to know that that words really matter. Every day we are writing a story. Will your story be one of success? Will your story be one of defeat? Only you get to decide. It’s not that it will be easy but it can be done and you really do get to decide.

Back in the Saddle…

Today was a good day. I was in control and that feels really good. I am on the road to recovery after three lost days on plan. I am going to spin class tomorrow and that will be a lot of fun. I think the most important thing is to keep focused and to keep working towards my goal.

Score! I found two gift cards when I was cleaning out pocket books to Old Navy. I went and bought two new dresses. Sizes Extra Small and Small. I am in this to get my energy back to feel like I did when I was younger, and I do feel great. I am also in this to feel more confident and to like the way I look. That’s real, that’s my why. We have this one life, why not live it in the body we want for ourselves.

I can do this, and so can you. If you say, “Yes” we can do this together. Let’s go!

Enough’s Enough…

I’ll be the first to say that I am not perfect. The past three days have been awful on plan. Here is what I’ve been up to.

  • Tuesday: Deciding to eat very light because I overate yesterday (disaster)
  • Monday: Buying a a variety of foods (that worked until I was watching TV)
  • Sunday: Telling myself a story that I can make different choices (true but only if I take action)

Why did I let this happen? I don’t know if this is rational but I blame sugar. On Easter I ate a bunch of candy and cupcakes. I have not eaten that much sugar in a long time and I think it flipped a sugar switch in my brain and I lost it Now I feel bloated and uncomfortable.

How will I made tomorrow different? First day thinking. I am going to declare a “Do over!” and here are the steps I’m going to take:

  • Act as though it is my first day on WW it works if I work it.
  • I am not going to let myself get hungry. I will boomerang back to overeating if I do.
  • Mindful choices I am going to make thoughtful choices and eat without distraction.

I’ll let you know.

Good Food…

Getting back on track after a holiday food blitz is easier when I have a nice variety of foods available. Here are some interesting and different foods I bought when I went food shopping:

  • Shishito peppers (awesome when grilled)
  • Wild salmon
  • Naan
  • Young coconut
  • Millet
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese / fresh basil / tomoato

I am thinking about why I went so crazy yesterday with the food.. Maybe I’ve been falling into a food rut lately. I need to eat a variety of foods and when I really think about it, lately, I’ve been eating from a limited selection. So I figured some new food options would shake things up a little. Today I toasted some Naan. A full piece racks up some SmartPoints (SP) at 6 SP per piece (I had 1/2 of a piece for 3 SP) but it was delicious and so worth it. I think I made a good choice by balancing it off by having it with zero point turkey breast. The turkey was roasted in the oven and that was a change too.

I guess my final words to leave you with is to get some variety into your diet and to eat good food.

Too Much…

Today we celebrated Easter and I did so eating anything I wanted. The day began with making Deviled Eggs out of our Easter Eggs. I know the irony is not lost on me either.

Then I picked on candy for a while. Which gave way to preparing dinner. It was a delicious dinner. We had scalloped potatoes, fresh ham, roasted carrots, and peas, crescent rolls for good measure.

Then we had bunny cupcakes for dessert. All very cute, sweet, and fun to eat. To say I overdid it is an understatement. Now, I’m sipping on ice water, and I have that “I ate too much” feeling.

Tomorrow is going to be an important day. Tomorrow is the day I leave the Easter eating in the past, and return to my healthy routines. I am scheduled for 9:30 am spin, and I think it’s going to be a little rough. I’m going to try to eat light and I’m already thinking I’m going to cut up veggies for a fresh vegetable platter to keep in the refrigerator. That’s the kind of helpful planning that helped me to lose and maintain a 93 pound weight loss.