Vegan Adventure: Confession and Waving the Red Flag

Monday, January 28, 2013

I got on the scale this morning and was up THREE pounds. My mind went to the usual places:

"I exercise! I watched what I ate! How did this happen?!"

"I have been mostly vegan for cryin' out loud!"

"This will never work!"

"I am doomed to be fat forever!"

"Why do other people lose weight and seem to have an easier time of it?!"

"Why bother?!"

I am sure most people can identify with some of those thoughts. I know they have been running around my head for years.

But those thoughts aren't reality.

The reality is:

I went out to eat Saturday night and went off the vegan track. Should I be surprised that my weight is up? No. Should I declare myself a loser because I am holding onto salt/fat and wine? No. But it IS a night that came on the heels of little bits and pieces of unhealthy foods that slipped into my diet over the last couple of days.

I had been doing well and figured - what the heck? Red flag! Red flag! Red flag!

So my self-righteous "why me?!" is misplaced. I ignored the red flags and earned the pounds.

The good news is that three pounds is a drop in the bucket and I can turn this around. I know it will come off quickly if I continue to do the work. And I am not doing this to lose weight anyway. My goal is to establish lifelong healthy eating and exercise habits.

Moving on...
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    taking ownership of YOU is important, and you are doing this (well) through this realization, confession, etc. Keep going. Your eyes are open and your choice to stay healthy remains. Good for you! emoticon
    1874 days ago
  • NAVYMOM133
    Yup, moving on!
    A phrase I like is, "Brazen through!"
    Keep up the great vegan eating philosophy because that's your new normal. Shut out the old voices. String more of those days together in a row, and occasional days will cause a blip, smoothed back to normal. That's the trick...
    ...or it was last time for me. My own, little voice is saying stupid things like, "What if that was your one time to really get the weight off and you blew it?" Ahhhhh!
    I am hoping for a drop soon, and you will shed those three even faster, because we are living the new normal 90% of the time. (Or at least for eight days, for me! Look at what you have under your belt, working on four weeks!)
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    1874 days ago
    I'm glad you're owning up to it. So many people are so stunned when they're up for the week. They completely forget about what they put in their mouth. It'll come off fast, don't worry. emoticon
    1874 days ago
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