Thursday, September 19, 2013
As a reward for my Week 1 loss, I bought myself a copy of Weight Watchers Magazine while I was grocery shopping last night. I won't reward myself for every week I lose - just milestones that I've set; I feel like getting myself headed in the right direction again is a milestone, and the magazine will help to keep me motivated for a little while.
That's one of the things that intimidates me right now - losing my motivation. It's happened before - several times. I'll start out strong, focused on losing weight, and then after a few weeks or a couple of bad days, I'll stop. I know that I can lose the weight - I've done it before; it's just hard. I know, big shocker there - if it weren't hard, everyone would be at their ideal size, right?. But alas, it is hard - hard to stay focused - AND hard to stay perfect. I tell my self to strive for "Progress not Perfection" and yet I do get down on myself when i do something or eat something I've put on the "bad list".
So, still highly motivated with the end of week 1, I opened my WW Magazine last night and read a letter from the CEO that's always at the beginning. The whole letter, which talked about the psychology behind comfort food and emotional eating, was great, but it was the last paragraph that really hit me:
"In this context, it's ironic that being perfect on the Program can lead to so many wrong directions. It's impossible to be perfect, and it's not even desirable. Rather, admitting and recognizing our flaws and vulnerabilities is what gives us the true power to address the challenges of our waistlines."
I think I need to post this on my bedroom and bathroom mirrors - so when I get to that point where I'd normally give up - those challenging days where I feel like I've messed up or those days when I think I'm too busy to care - I can get past them and get back on track the next day or the next meal or the next workout.