Day Eight…

I decided I’m going to keep counting days until I get back to goal. I did lose a pound this week, and that is very welcome news. I worked to recapture a beginner’s mind this week. Giving up dessert was a good way to get in touch with those feelings. Insofar as my mindset, gratitude is the word of the day. It’s easy to feel grateful when things are going good isn’t it? However, while it’s always good to be grateful, it’s even more important when times are tough. It is also easy to be grateful for the big things, like my children, my husband, my family, and my friends. I am deeply grateful – they are all the most important people in the world to me, I am so blessed to have these remarkable people in my life. Sometimes, it is important to recognize the less obvious sources that make me feel grateful. These are three small things I’m grateful for:

  • the way the sun comes through my dining room windows.
  • living in a small town close to the water.
  • being able to have this time to reflect and write.

So, yes I am grateful for the biggest blessings but I also don’t want forget the small ones too. I realize that to someone reading this post, it may sound strange to write about gratitude here (since this is a blog about weight loss and maintaining weight loss) but I guess the thing is anything that is difficult to do requires a lot of energy. Energy that comes from gratitude is better than energy that comes from struggle. I aspire to keep a grateful heart no matter what comes my way.

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.

Home Base…

Like most children, I had a vivid imagination when I was a kid. If I was afraid of something, scary movies, spiders, or dogs with big sharp teeth, I’d pretend there was a vault in my mind. Stationed outside, were two big burly guards who would throw the thing (whatever it was) inside and then slowly turn the lock to make sure it stayed put. Then they would stand as centries with arms folded to make extra sure I was safe. Analyze that, why don’t you? Crazy, I know – but it worked… every time.

It’s Saturday, and it hit me that my WW workshop is really like a “home base” for me. It’s my chance to rest up and catch my breath before the race is on again. During the meeting today we had a long discussion about what to do when old habits come back. Needless to say, this really resonated with me because I felt at odds with my old habits all week long. So while people were sharing I sat and listened closely writing my notes and reflecting on my feelings. This is what I think, I think it is easy to feel conflicted about past choices and what to do next when it’s been a rough week. Honestly, it doesn’t feel great. However, the thing, that does feel great (and it’s only now that I can see past my own feelings of guilt and inadequacy that I really appreciate it) is that I’m aware of how my choices make me feel. In the end, mindless eating makes me feel numb. It’s not the food it’s the choice to check out that makes me feel so bad – I feel bad because I’m relinquishing my power.

Sugar-Free Spice Cake 4 sp for 1/12 of a slice
You can get the mix here: https://www.edietshop.com/bernard-spice-dietary-cake-mix/539143/

So just for fun, I can imagine those two burly guards grab that mindless eating and stuff it into the vault and keep it under lock and key. Strange but that does make me smile and it helps a little. The thing is, I know the truth – the truth is I’m the guard and it’s up to me to handle it – not with blunt force but with sensitivity and care. Life is hard sometimes and sometimes I make choices that are bad for me. But not today. Today offers a great time for a fresh start with greater awareness. I know that when I plan and act strategically I feel more in touch with my sense of personal power – I just feel better.

I can do this, I really can, and so can you. Ready! Set! Go!