In my previous attempts at weight loss, I always felt picking a time to "start" was so difficult. My thought process usually went something like this...
"I really need to lose this weight... I really need to start a diet."
Don't panic, the Stephanie of 2014 knows this is a lifestyle, not a diet... but the Stephanie of Past Failed Weight Loss Attempts did not.
"Okay, well I can't start tomorrow, because tomorrow is Thursday... no one starts weight loss in the middle of a week. I mean seriously, who does that? Monday sounds perfect, a shiny new week, yes that will be the day I start. Oh but wait, I am going out to dinner with my family on Wednesday, and I can't possibly stick to my diet when I go out to eat, so it should be after that. I guess that means a week from Monday. Yes, a week from Monday will be fabulous. But wait, I leave for Vegas to visit my Gammie two weeks after that, and there is no way for me to stay on track in Vegas. So maybe I will just wait until I get back from Vegas to get started. So it's official, I will start 4 Monday's from now."
As you can imagine, there became many new reasons not to start, it was always something. But were they really reasons? No, they were excuses. Oops. Don't get me wrong, I had a lot of starts, and I might get off to a strong start for a week or two and give up. Every once in a while I'd get the ball rolling and make it 3 months or so before throwing in the towel. But that mentality really got me into trouble and prevented me from successfully losing weight for many years.
I am experiencing that "excuse to eat syndrome" this week as well. This week is Dispatcher's Week, and it is a lot of fun! We have different theme days where we get to wear free dress (Monday is Hawaiian day) and we get to play little games, but in addition to that there is food. There is an assigned food for each day (Monday is chili dogs), and that is not counting all the extra treats that others bring in. There is a huge container of candy that I have to walk by like 15 times a day, and on Saturday I dipped into it one too many times. For Sunday I am staying strong, and going candy free. I also devised a plan... I will not participate in the root beer floats Sunday (done), chili dogs Monday, and nachos on Tuesday. I am off Wed-Fri and if I stick to my plan, I will participate in pizza on Saturday which is the last day, which I will track and eat no more than 2 pieces. That way I can feel like I participated some, but didn't let it lead to an entire week off track. :)
It can be so hard to control yourself when you have an unhealthy relationship with food. It is no secret that I am an emotional eater, and I can sure eat a lot lol. Pair that with the fact that EVERYONE else is eating these things around me, and it's free, and it's a celebration, and it really makes it harder to resist. In previous years, I would use this week as an all out free week to just eat whatever I wanted. I mean it was only once a year right? Okay so Dispatcher's Week is only one week out of the year, but what about all the other holidays? What about all the birthdays? All the times people bring in donuts, cookies, cupcakes for no reason other than the fact they like to feed people.
This happens on a daily basis. Maybe not the baked goods, but since we aren't allowed to leave work for lunch, one person goes on a "chow run" each night, and brings back food for everyone who has ordered. They go to many delicious places, and that is a daily battle to stick to eating what I brought. Even now, I hear the clinking of the candy jar being opened and it makes me want one, but I am trying to stand strong ha ha. Luckily, the candy jar should be gone in another day or so, since that candy is getting gobbled up at a pretty steady pace.
My point in all of this, is that there will always be an excuse to eat. There will always be a birthday, anniversary, party, Taco Tuesday, pizza on Friday, girls night out, dinner out with family, vacation, etc. The list goes on and on. The thing that we all have to learn is balance and that is something I struggle with but continue to work on. We can use all these excuses to postpone our success, but in the end we are only hurting ourselves. I wasted a lot of years postponing this, and I don't want to see anyone do the same. We can go out to dinner sometimes, eat off plan sometimes, we don't have to avoid everyone who wants to go out to dinner with us.
We just need to have that balance and have a plan in place so we can enjoy a donut or dinners out without letting it completely derail us. So if you are waiting for the perfect time to get started or to get back on track, do it now. There will always be excuses to eat, but you can overcome them!