Stick to the Plan…

I ate the lunch I brought to work today, rather than ordering out. Everyone got takeout and I decided to stick to the plan and I feel really good about my decision. On WW you really can eat whatever you want (in moderation of course) but today, I just wanted the food I brought with me and that really makes me happy.

Learning how to say no is a powerful thing. Here is a tip, the next time your on the fence about eating something, it’s not your favorite, or you really aren’t sure that you want it… try saying “No thank you.” Then don’t say anything more, you don’t have to explain why, or go into detail, and see how that feels.

For me it feels like confidence and empowerment! The truth is sometimes on my weight loss journey I really need to feel that way.

Day Four Hundred-Sixteen…

Happy 16th Birthday David! We had a party tonight to celebrate our son’s special day. We had the family over and had so much fun. I am very happy to say, David felt loved and that’s what a birthday is all about.

In terms of being on plan… it was a challenging day. It began with professional development, (I was attending not facilitating) and then, of course, there was the party.  Professional development comes with an assortment of snacks. With the party? Well, lasagna and birthday cake of course.

I’m happy to say I did not have any candy, and I was very strategic about what I ate. I used very few points and “saved up” for dinner. I did really enjoy what I ate and now I just feel good.  Will I get to goal? I don’t know, I really have no idea but I hope so. I did not reach my fitness goal, I only went to spin one time this week. I did recover my points from my overindulgence from last Saturday. I am rolling over 8 SmartPoints. I have been planning and tracking.

I will let you know how I did!

 

Day Four Hundred-Thirteen…

It was a great day at work, I did a training with a really nice colleague who I enjoy working with. Everyone got a lot out of our time together and that is a very rewarding feeling. However, with professional development (PD) comes the awful temptations of snacks.  So here is a tip to avoid eating the snacks and staying on plan. If willpower is a muscle, and having a plan helps to train that muscle, this is what I do:

  1. Acknowledge that the snack is something I would enjoy eating because I would…
  2. Take a picture of the snack and pass it on down the line knowing that I would be sharing my “win” here later…
  3. Post the picture and celebrate!

I know to a “civilian” this seems so basic, but believe me, I’m doing my happy dance. I have made up for my over indulgences from Saturday and that feels fantastic. I do like that I can “recover” with the rollover points because it’s something I always thought about and it helps to see the number decrease.

I have another thing to celebrate, I am almost at “low risk” according to my Waist to Hip Ratio…

I’m in this to feel more confident, to increase my energy level, and to improve my overall health. The Waist-to-hip ratio is better than the BMI as far as predicting serious health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, breast cancer, and fertility.

This journey has changed my life for the better in so many ways. I can’t encourage you enough to give yourself a chance to be successful.  I know it’s hard when you have a lot of weight to lose. You may be feeling hopeless and that it’s all too much and you don’t even know how to begin.  You’re not alone I understand. This is hard. However, I can also say that it also puts you in touch with your inner power. That is an incredible feeling and it is only possible because this is hard.  Vulnerability sucks.

Embrace it, run to it, be vulnerable so you can be brave. When you are ready to begin that will be an amazing day because that means you are kindling the hope for change. In the meantime,  I am sending you my best hoping these words will be the kind words in your head that you decide to listen to. So, listen… You are spectacular, there is no one else like you and you matter. You deserve to live your life in the body that you want for yourself. Start small but start, and celebrate every little thing.