Day Forty-Five…

After an especially stressful day, I am looking forward to a big glass of water and bed. I went over on my points and it’s silly I didn’t have to, I think I have to be wary of bad habits creeping in again. This holiday season is proving very challenging to me. I think as long as I am writing and thinking about it I’m going to figure this out.

Words of Wisdom

It was really hard to get to this place in my weight loss journey. I think it’s the quiet ambivalence that’s the thing to worry about, not the big holiday meal. It’s the day-to-day choices that will make or break my resolve. It’s easy to forget all the work it took to get into these jeans. So what’s next?

Words of Wisdom December 2018

Here is what I have to say to me… You are amazing and have done something that many people struggle to accomplish. Think about what it is you want, and why you began this journey. Has your why changed? It is a slippery slope when you decide to venture off a path that has brought you a lot of success. That said, it doesn’t mean that there is only one path to success. Be intentional and make sure you are making choices that reflect what you really really want. Sometimes you may need that scoop of ice cream, and sometimes you won’t. I think it’s time to read your emergency letter (Day 200).

I have to say, yes! That letter worked. If you’ve never written an emergency letter, write one. It is a gift to listen to your stronger self who is writing from a position of success and strength. Today, was stressful, I know what is happening in my life that is making the journey rocky right now. There is plenty of good solid reason for a setback. I’m having a rough time. It helps to know we all do sometimes.

What should I do now?  I am choosing to drink some water, pack breakfast and lunch for tomorrow, wash my face, brush my teeth, and get some rest.  Keep at it – you can do this.

 

Day Forty-Four…

This is what I have to say… I can do this. Even when I’m not feeling 100% I can do this. Even though sometimes it is hard to track, weigh, and measure my food I can do this. If I just take the time to think it through and reflect on why I’m doing this, I will see it’s worth it. Living in a healthier body is worth the work.  So… even though it’s been hard to do lately, I will keep at it because I am worth the effort.

So are you.

Day Forty…

Thank you to everyone for all the support and love. This was a cool message to get…

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Full confession, some of those likes are my own because (especially when I was starting out)I see it as a kind of positive self-talk.  Kindness counts and it meant to be given freely and generously so why not lavish it on yourself?

Saturday is my day to see if I make Lifetime and I’m starting to get a little nervous that it may not happen. I hope I’m wrong because I would really love to make this goal right out of the gate. That would be great, plus it would be awesome to (finally) sit in a free seat.  In the scheme of things, the more important part of this is that I am learning how to live my life in a healthy way.

Yes, you can do this and so can I.

 

Day Thirty-Nine…

Today the cookies won. It wasn’t a total defeat but I ate two more than I wanted to eat. At the moment I made a rationalization as to why I should eat them, and then I did. However, I did not keep going, and I tracked them. So while it’s not a “blue dot day” it also wasn’t a washout.  That feels pretty good.

I hope you are well on your journey. I hope you are taking care of yourself and doing something for you every single day. Think about everything you do for everyone else. Part of living a well-balanced life is caring for others. Part. The other part is turning that kindness inward and caring for yourself.

Day Thirty-Eight…

It’s the holiday season and I’m sitting in my living room, the Christmas tree looks lovely, Sadie is by my side, and I’m sipping some Cranberry Cider Seltzer (yum). This is a perfect time to take a few minutes to reflect on my notes from my Saturday morning workshop.

The workshop is a time to share, and this past Saturday, members shared what is working for them. Here are some lessons I’m learning in the company of others:

  • This process helps members become more conscious about what they are eating,
  • Members are examining their behaviors and designing their plan, their journey, to meet their individual needs.
  • Learn and understand that there are no “off limit” foods just moderation and accountability.
  • Learn to trust the program and to eat mindfully.
  • Prepping and planning helps a lot.
  • Understanding what my triggers are is what can help me to find a strategy for when things get rough.
  • Practicing mindfulness adds a whole other dimension to the journey.

I feel so much gratitude because this beautiful community is a big part of why I was able to lose so much weight. It’s the support, the shared wisdom, the inspirational stories that make #WW special. I hope I make Lifetime this week; however, if I don’t it’s ok, because I believe it will happen. With the help of my friends (and of course my sister) I believe in me.

So wherever you are on this journey, I hope you regard it with the power and respect it deserves because this journey can change your life for the better. I guess that’s why #WW calls it #Lifetime. You are perfect in every way. There is no one else like you, and the world needs you – your voice, your presence, your perspective.  So don’t be shy, open up and share what is working, the struggle, the lighter side of this too, it’s not all a drag! If you do this, you will be helping yourself and everyone with you, and how great is that? Thank you, for reading.

I know I’ve posted this last year, but I think there is a lot of truth in this little diddy.

Day Thirty-Seven…

It’s the first day I feel like I’m totally in control. Control is a funny thing when it comes to weight loss, maintenance, and health. It’s funny because, on one hand, control feels amazing, when I feel like I’m in control,  it feels like I’ve got this whole thing figured out. On the other hand, when it’s missing, it feels very far away and elusive.

When it’s all clicking in my #WW world this almost feels as easy as breathing. When it’s out of sync it feels like having the wind knocked out of me – painful, awkward, and difficult. How weird is that? The very thing, learning how to live a healthy lifestyle, can bring me such joy and it can also make me feel frustrated, or powerless.

I think the reason so many people give up on this goal, losing weight and improving health, is because it can be such a rollercoaster. Plus it takes a long time to see the physical results. There was a period where I felt significantly changed on the inside but it didn’t show up on the outside for quite some time. There are more than a few posts in here about being patient.

Words of Wisdom

My last words tonight, I am not giving up. I’m not giving up because losing weight has brought me back home to myself. The energy, the connectedness to the world, and the confidence I have gained by losing this weight are worth the effort it takes to learn how to maintain it and keep it off.  Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

Day Thirty-Six…

Getting out of my head and into my body was just what was needed this morning. Spinning was amazing, and by the end of the class, I was feeling really good.  It was an excellent day on plan. I used 25 SmartPoints and I have 29 Weeklies in the bank. I noticed I earned an extra FitPoint for spin class, so I guess that has to do with how #WW recalibrated those. It doesn’t really matter because I don’t convert those into points to use for food. It’s the collecting of the points that I enjoy. Each week I set a FitPoints goal and that helps me to keep on track with activity.

So I saw these quotes on #Connect and I found them to be very inspiring:

This is a journey of personal growth. My physical transformation is the result of a mental transformation. Some people don’t seem to understand this they look at me with wonderment and ask, “How did you do it?” It all begins with mindset and belief. I know I can do this, and that’s how I’m doing it. It has to be doing because I think this is a goal without a destination, it is a journey of becoming.

Day Thirty-Five…

This is yesterday’s post (my blog wouldn’t let me post it last night):

So… I gained four pounds this week. I don’t know what to say about that. If you read my blog you know that I’ve been struggling. This is what maintaining weight loss is. I am trying to rewire my brain to understand that there are limits when it comes to food. I’m pretty disappointed about the gain. I know there are lots of people who understand how I feel. They understand because maintaining weight loss can be difficult. However, when I think about my life, I have accomplished many difficult things so really, why not this?  

I am determined to accomplish this goal. The rest of my life cannot be “less than” it could be. I want to have as much energy and physical strength as a possible. In order to make that happen, a big part of my  “why” has to do with maintaining my weight loss. I want to be able to wear clothes that I like and feel confident and (for me) that involves maintaining my weight loss. These are very good reasons to keep at this.

I am very proud of myself for making my weight loss journey happen. It took a lot of effort, care, and attention to get to goal. I worked hard at this, and manged to enjoy the process throughout my ups and downs. Having goals to work towards is great, but it is also very important to recognize and appreciate “the now” and where I’m at right now is pretty good.

My plan for the week:

  • Track all my food
  • Meet my fitness goal
  • Monitor my emotions
  • Eat mindfully

Hopefully this time next week, I’ll be celebrating “Lifetime” status. Fingers crossed wish me some luck because a little good luck never hurt anyone.   

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