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One Day at a Time - Part 1

Donna's ''Ah Ha'' Moment

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I stared at the screen and then took off some of the food so it wouldn't look as bad, I adjusted quantities, traded full-fat for fat-free, and changed and changed and changed. I put food in and then took it out again as if that would take the calories out of my body—oh, wouldn't that be a wonderful thing? Over and over I played with the food list.

After a while, I stared at the screen and I knew I was wasting my time if I didn't record what I really ate.

I couldn't stay in denial any longer, as my first "ah ha" moment bounced through my brain like a rubber ball in a small enclosed place.

I ate too much.

It was as simple as that, I thought. I need to learn to control my portions and control the number of calories I eat.

I thought of how much I weighed that morning—205 pounds. More than I had ever weighted in my life. Every month I seemed to put on another pound or two, until a week ago I had to break down and buy a size-18 dress for Easter brunch. Buying that size had been such a shock. I still thought of myself as a size 5 or 7. But I wasn't that size anymore. I hadn't been in about eight years.

I've always been a good planner and scheduler. It's one of my strengths. I decided that I was going to take the time to PLAN my food a day early and then stick with my plan. Again, a simple thought, but then no one ever said eating healthy was complicated.

That night and every night since, I have created my food plan for the next day. I scheduled three meals and two to three snacks for work. Worked to ensure that there were at least two fruit and two veggies and two dairies every day. I also vowed I would drink my 8 glasses of water BEFORE I drank a single coke.

I've stuck to my plan like cement glue to paper. If I wanted to eat something not on my plan, I went to the computer and adjusted the food before a crumb crossed my lips. If I could eat it and stay within my calories, fat, and carbs then I would eat it. If not, I wouldn’t.

It was hard at first. Planning my food. Drinking my water. But it became easier over the weeks. It took almost three weeks for me to drink 8 glasses of water in a day. By the time I managed to do it, I no longer craved the cokes.

The results of "scheduling" and tracking my food and adding exercise into my week have been great. I lost 13 pounds in a couple of weeks, and began wearing my looser size 14s.

I'd thought I had the whole "getting into and staying in a healthy weight" thing down and was feeling smug and proud... then came my second "ah ha" moment...
 

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  • MAGRAT8
    Wow, I really needed to see this. Like Donna, I used to be a pretty small size and although I've been overweight for about 10 years now, it never fails to shock me when I have to buy clothes or look at myself in pictures! Last week I ate everything in sight...I hate to admit that, but it's true. And all that after I had actually lost 6 lbs.! I don't even want to know how much I gained. So.....deep breath and moving on. I have a big move in 2 months and it's so stressful, the outcome of the move will be GREAT, but getting it over with is making me anxious. Thanks for the brutally honest story, Donna...I hope to post back by the end of the week that I have regained control. Going to the supermarket after work to pick up something decent to cook. I thank God for this site and knowing I can read about others! :) - 3/25/2013 4:15:44 PM
  • CONGRATS !

    Without an Aha moment - at least 1 ! -
    the health/weight loss journey
    is impossible

    Keep up the GOOD WORK

    BLESSINGS ! - 2/7/2013 10:41:45 PM
  • When I clicked on "Donna's journal" to continue reading, it was nowhere to be found, not even in a search. Where is the rest of the story? - 2/6/2013 10:54:02 PM
  • I used to do the same thing - 'edit' my food for the day so it didn't look so bad. Like lying to myself and a website would make my pants fit anymore comfortably... - 9/18/2012 2:01:52 PM
  • Wow, did this hit home! I'm basically the same starting weight and size, and used to be the same dress size (although when I reach Size 10 again, I think I will be completely and blissfully satisfied).
    So happy this is part of the motivational/insp
    irational series and I can refer to it again and again! - 6/24/2012 2:32:35 PM
  • though of my self in many places of the blog it made me smile when you talked about not putting in all your food so the count would not be so high. - 1/25/2012 12:20:27 AM
  • thank you for sharing that , planning ahead that is wh at I am going to do - 12/29/2011 11:49:26 AM
  • LOTTY711
    Very motivational. I know exactly how it feels to see how many calories you are actually eating. I have really made a concerted effort to stay with in my calories allotment. - 5/12/2011 6:49:22 PM
  • ASEXYWITCH
    Reading this was as if I wrote it myself! I could relate to every word of it! It is a real wake up call to truly do better at planning and tracking and to be honest with myself! Thank You! - 4/20/2011 12:22:07 PM
  • SELENABOWLING
    Thanks Donna for the inspiring story. I think using a journal is a positive step that I want to incorporate into my plan. - 12/5/2010 12:17:59 PM
  • I just loved this article, My heart just went out to Donna...although I have only been active in Sparks for the last 3 months...I to have had that Ah-Ha moment....mine one day was : Okay instead of putting the quantity down as I ate 2 servings, I would just put 1 servings....then the light bulb went off.... Wow ... who the hell do I think I am fooling .....I am the only one who looks at this (Tracker) The Whole Point of tracking is seeing what is going on with what I put in this Huge suitcase called me....Only then can I make changes ....so I know that no matter what I eat and amount .....it goes in the tracker ... Cause if I don't what is the point and where will it get me? And now 3 months later, yes the tracker works for me :) - 7/13/2010 2:31:13 PM
  • Congratulations on your wonderful accomplishment. I've had the exact same scenario. Waiting 'til the end of the day was getting me in trouble. I've been pre-planning my days too--it's making everything much easier--Thanks for sharing this with everyone. It is very valuable information. - 6/8/2010 2:44:57 PM
  • Thanks Donna, you have done a great job. Your journal was so interesting. A year ago I weighed in at 204 pounds and today I am 164. I only started really using Sparks at the beginning of Nov. 09. You really inspire me. - 5/15/2010 11:08:17 PM
  • CHEFGIA1
    great blog...thank you for sharing this... - 3/21/2010 4:40:48 PM
  • Great blog. We all need to have our own Ah-Ha moments. - 3/21/2010 10:51:52 AM

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