Today is the one-year anniversary of when I started back on SP. When I stepped on the scale this morning, I found that I weigh 17 pounds less than what I weighed a year ago.
This made me sad for so many reasons. For one, at the lowest weight that I was over the past 12 months, I had lost 46.5 pounds. For another, I have been slowly losing ground since last November. The habits that I adhered to initially went out the window for one reason or another and the weight has been creeping back on.
But then I came across an article on the US News & World Report website that I really needed to see today -- The No. 1 Skill for Weight Management health.usnews.com/health
"...the most important skill in weight management is learning how to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back on with it. Whether it's the predictable—holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or vacations—or the unpredictable—illness, death, marital discord or injury—life has a bad habit of getting in the way of our best intentions. And mark my words, you're going to fall down."
I had been expecting that it was going to talk about tracking food or exercising regularly, and I was fully ready to chastise myself of failing so miserably on both of those fronts for so long. But picking myself up is the most important?
And it slowly dawned on me that, yes, that is true. Life has a knack for getting in the way, whether the event is planned or not. How long you are out of your rhythm depends on how long you let the disruption go on and how quickly you pick yourself up and get back to what needs to be done.
In my case, I got off-track and didn't pick myself up for eight months. That's an awful long time to let myself stay down.
Instead of letting that knowledge get the best of me and continue to keep me down, I walked a mile with Leslie Sansone this morning. Then I tracked my food for the day and did better than I have in quite a while with accounting for everything. Then I went grocery shopping to fill the house with healthy options. And tonight, I walked about a half hour again with some ladies from church.
So for today, I picked myself up. It's a step in the right direction.