In November 2018 I made it to my WW goal. My motivation for getting to goal was to get my energy and confidence back. I wanted to get back that sense of “lightness” that sense of ease I used to have moving around in the world. That why was enough to sustain me and carry me through over a year of effort. I was elated.
Since achieving goal, I have gone on to be a Lifetime member. In WW world that means you no longer have to pay so long as you maintain a two pound range. I was able to maintain that until August this year. Right now, I am above that two pound range and have some work to get back to my “free seat”.
Things are a bit different this go around though. Even though I’m outside my range, I still have the energy I strived for, and I do feel that same sense of confidence. My clothes fit; although some of my jeans are a little tight, which I don’t care for that very much… I am 13 pounds away from Lifetime. This time, getting back to goal has to be driven by a why, it has to be one that fits my current situation.
I don’t want my why to be driven by fear of gaining back the weight. I want my why to be a positive thing, something that will inspire me and (I hope) others. I want to learn how to be mindful, someone who understand herself better. I want to try to grow beyond this struggle. I’m not sure exactly how I will do this yet… but this is what I’m thinking. My why is a work in progress but I think I’m getting closer.
Night Owl, that is the name of my ring tone. It’s kind of a funny name for an early morning alarm, now that I think of it. Early morning means 4:20 am this morning. Wake up! it burst open into the quiet dark, I rolled over, sheets twisted around my torso and tapped it to silence. Darkness and silence filled the void again and I thought quickly, Just get up…
I went to spin class before work today and (to me) it was so worth the early morning wake up. Activity helps me to maintain weight loss and it also just makes me feel good. What activity makes you feel good? Think about it and try to figure out a way to make that activity part of your life. If you’re not sure, make a goal to try out different activities until you find something you really like.
Snacking on the banana that I didn’t eat this morning, I find myself thinking about how good my day is going. I went to spin class this morning so that makes the third class I attended this week. I exited the gym to a beautiful sunny morning. I am really proud of myself for making the choice to go. Recording my data for the week, is helping me to build myself up. Doing this, makes my progress more visible to me and I am finding this exercise very helpful.
I think I’m turning over a new leaf and heading into a good period for my weight loss/maintenance goals. Goals related to weight may be difficult at times, but I can do difficult things. So can you. More tomorrow.
Waking up at 4:30 am may not sound that appealing, but I have to say, I do love working out before I start my workday. It’s a little bit of time that is just for me. Plus, I really do enjoy the other people who go to my 5;15 am spin classes. This morning’s class was a fantastic time and in by the end, I felt very strong.
It’s a little startling how different I feel these days. I have this sense of wellbeing and balance that I didn’t have before. I read a post on #Connect from another member who posted a picture and wrote that she was fed up and was now ready. Today was her “Day 1” As a member who began counting the days over a year ago (420 and counting) I can appreciate where she is coming from. For those of us who either have or had a lot of weight to lose, the first day of the journey to better health can be overwhelming.
Nothing about weight loss is easy. There is no one right way to do this. So for me, I am definitely a #WW girl through and through. I’m happy to be on this team. The thing that makes #WW work is that it is designed to be customized to us as individuals. Everything has to start with who we are and our specific needs. More and more research is showing that food is processed differently from person to person, so knowing how to best use our SmartPoints is an important personal choice that leads to permanent change.
#WW members have conversations about making activity enjoyable and part of our daily lives is a powerful conversation. Acknowledging how to manage emotions without resorting to overeating is equally powerful. Understanding the value of a growth mindset and establishing good habits are also discussed. Powerful, life-changing stuff!
So tomorrow is Halloween… what is your action plan for the candy situation?
Today was a successful day on plan – go me! I prepped, packed, and tracked breakfast, lunch, and snacks for tomorrow. I continue to track any foods I eat. Insofar as getting more variety in the foods, I’m eating today was a small win there too. We had flounder and it was terrific:
Fish fry (very little oil) and homemade french fries cooked in the air fryer. It was very delicious!
I went to spin class and that’s a step in the right direction when it comes to my weight loss journey. I did a lot of other things too but it’s late and I have to keep this post brief. My point today is that even though I still have a lot going on I’m completely engaged with my weight loss efforts. More tomorrow.
I had a great first “official” day back. I got lots of compliments from co-workers and that was fun for me. This post will be pretty short because I am feeling exhausted. I didn’t eat the pizza lunch. Instead, I ate the food I brought from home and I didn’t feel like I missed out – that’s a big victory. I also went to spin class at 5:15 am and I”m proud of that too. What did you do for yourself today? If you can’t answer that question, it’s never too late. Do something right now that would bring you happiness. You deserve it.
DAY 28: Make more time for friends and family. Today, call a friend or a family member just to chat. Try to do this everyday this week.
It was my first “official” day back to work, so finding time for friends (other than my work friends) is a difficult proposition. I did take the time to be with family though. My daughter and I had some laughs watching a B movie, and my son ran an errand with me to pick up my other daughter from work. I will actively try to do this more.
Graduating from college is an important milestone. It marks the ending of one point and the beginning of the next. Together we celebrated Jimmy’s great achievement and cheered for his future.
Of course, there was lots of delicious food. I tracked everything I ate between yesterday and today, now I have one Smartpoint left for my Weekly Remaining balance.
This morning, I woke up and went to spin. It was a great ride, I left feeling energized and strong, and that is amazing. Afterward, I visited with family, and again, it was a heavier point day than usual. I started the day with homemade bread toasted with homemade guacamole. I had a little piece of a donut. These are not typical choices I would make.
As I reflect on how I”m feeling, I can tell you I’m feeling the food right now. It may sound obnoxious but I’m not used to eating so much food. It’s funny but it’s kind of like training. When you spend your time eating healthy and getting regular activity your body adjusts to that lifestyle. If you spend your time overindulging in rich foods and doing more sedentary things your body adjusts to that too. I suppose the thing to appreciate is how magnificent our bodies are. The body will accommodate whatever, for better or for worse for as long as it can and that’s incredible.
DAY 18: We all slip up at one time or another—it happens, we are not perfect and it’s OK. Give yourself permission to not be perfect. What is important is your next step after that slip-up
I don’t consider these two days as a “slip up”. I did everything I’ve been learning to do. Tracking, being mindful, and getting activity are all really good things to do. Could I have said no to somethings? Yes, I absolutely could have. Instead, I decided to say yes and that’s ok. For me, it has never been about perfection, it is about process and progress.