Monday, October 08, 2012
I've been trying without much success now for weight loss. I decided in May to join Weight Watchers with a co-worker to see if they could help motivate me. Sparks (sadly) was not enough motivation, and TOPS was only causing my to stress eat (since I was their leader.)
It took joining WW to look at food in a different light. Veggies and Fruits were free...for the most part....so I took that thought an ran with it. I lost 6.4# the first week. I continued to lose week after week. I realized that I could incorporate the chocolate bar into my points system and still lose. It was amazing, I wasn't depriving myself any longer. I have always been the "all or nothing" type girl, and now I was really learning that I could have my yummy treats, in moderation. Portion control meant something completely new to me. I was OK going down and getting 8 malted milk balls and satisfying my craving with that....not needing the 30 other malted milk balls to relieve the craving.
The 180s have always been my troubled decade over the past three years. I would get down to about 185, and then start going back up. I knew that if I could get past the 180s and into the 170s, I would be able to get down to goal. I got into the mid 180s and then started psyching myself out and bounced around for a couple months between 186-188. I finally decided last week with the 8week challenge WW put on for Thanksgiving, that I needed to get back my motivational mojo. I started watching my portion control again and didn't allow the negative thoughts about not being able to push thru to keep me down. I lost 5# the first week. I know I will hit my goal of being 12# lighter by Thanksgiving...and in so doing, will be down in the 170's...having pushed my way out of the troubling 180's.
Sometimes, we just need to step back, re-evaluate how we are doing things and make some switch-ups every now and again. For me, it was an increase in exercise (which included finding an accountability partner here on SP) and trying something other than salads for lunch every day. I still get my veggies in....just not in salad form (for the moment.)
The biggest thing is to keep trying.....NEVER GIVE UP. Keep pushing thru and believe that you can lose the weight and get healthy.....and We will!