We Can Do This Together In 2018!

We are all starting the year with different expectations. These expectations probably stem from how things ended last year. We had goals last year to be healthier, to lose weight, to improve our lives. We all made efforts to that end and most of us probably did not accomplish as much as we wanted. In fact, when it comes to weight loss, we rarely meet goals as quickly as we want. That only frustrates us and makes it difficult to keep going. In setting our sights too high, we fail to appreciate our progress.

Last year, if you started your journey to a healthier you, or if you started it again for the umpteenth time, or if you just thought about starting it –  you should be proud of yourself. If you lost five pounds or fifty pounds or if you lost nothing but started to change how you think about food, then you should be proud. If you didn’t do anything last year, but are thinking about being healthier this year, good for you. Don’t look back with disappointment, look forward with hope. Right now, in this moment, what matters is what you do in the future. Your past is your past. Be proud of your accomplishments, learn from your mistakes, but most importantly: keep going.

Losing weight is not a one-time event. Once you lose you have to maintain and all of the struggles you deal with while losing weight continue. Seeking after health is a life-long struggle. You have to change more than your outlook on food, you have to change your outlook on yourself. You are fighting against habits, genes, family traditions, fast food restaurants on every corner, emotions, and sometimes even worse things – like past abuse or abandonment. You are doing more than turning a ship around, you are learning how to steer the ship for the very first time. You are deciding for yourself what your habits will be and not allowing outside influences to make decisions for you. You are re-establishing relationships with family and friends, food, and yourself.

Learning all of this, changing so much of ourselves, takes time. Taking long-term control of your health requires consistent effort. Tools – like Weight Watchers – help, but they do not mean certain success. In the end, you are the only one who can change you.

And, just in case you aren’t feeling up to the task, please know that you are.

You have the necessary resilience inside of you to keep going, even after failure and frustration. I believe that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. You don’t have to do anything more than take the next step. Wherever you are on the journey, just take a step forward, then another, and another.

Let’s resolve to be our healthiest selves in 2018. We can improve our habits this year – we can eat more vegetables, we can walk more, we can reach out to others for support. If we think we have to be a certain size to be successful, we are missing the point. The point isn’t that we get to a certain goal, the point is that we keep trying.

Let’s let 2018 be the year we love ourselves enough to keep marching forward. Let’s let this be the year that we recognize success is not only found on the scale, but also in our outlook, our resolve, and our efforts to change our daily habits. Let this be the year we are not ashamed of the struggle, but optimistic about our future.

Let’s do this together in 2018!

We are all starting the year with different expectations. These expectations probably stem from how things ended last year. We had goals last year to be healthier, to lose weight, to improve our lives. We all made efforts to that end and most of us probably did not accomplish as much as we wanted. In … Continue reading We Can Do This Together In 2018!

Falling Off The Wagon Gracefully

Anyone who has ever tried to eat more healthfully or begin an exercise routine knows what it is like to fall off the wagon. You’re doing great and then something comes along and messes up your success, and you revert back to old behavior. This weekend, that for me was getting sick. In a matter of days I had dental work and a terrible head cold which left me without energy and in pain. I didn’t feel I had the mental energy that it takes to make good food choices and track. Here are some lessons I learned.

Make The Healthy Choices You Can Make

Anytime you change a lifestyle, it takes mental effort. This effort can feel overwhelming when stressed or sick. Sometimes, the best you can do is to minimize the damage. Eat as well as you can. For me, my body needed soup and juice. This meant choosing low sodium crackers and soup, and juice with low sugar.

Speak Kindly To Yourself

We all make mistakes. For some reason, being overweight comes with a heavy dose of shame and guilt. This is compounded when we speak with anger or disgust to ourselves. This week as I was dying ugly on my couch, I found myself thinking, “I’m never going to lose weight.” That’s not true. I was sick and in pain, not giving up. Changing thoughts to those that are healthier can help you not beat yourself up quite as much. “I got this. I am being as healthy as I can right now. When I feel better, I’ll track again.” Or, “I can make good choices.” Or, “Even when I gain weight and make mistakes, I am still a person of value and worth. My weight does not define me.”

Recharge

Part of falling (or catapulting, depending on how bad it is) off of the wagon is preparing to get back on. Do things that help you love yourself and that are healthy. Get a good night’s sleep, speak to friends and family, go to a meeting, etc. The great thing about Weight Watchers is that every day starts fresh. If you’re struggling on Monday, Tuesday is a brand new day.

Drink Lots Of Water

I know this sounds silly, but since being on Weight Watchers, I am finding this is the solution to everything. If you’re sick like I was, obviously drinking water helps you get better. If you overate, drinking water can flush the sodium right out of you. If you are having a hard time feeling full, water can help with that too. I am no nutritionist or doctor, but I am starting to think one of the healthiest things I can do for myself is drink enough water.

Christmas and the holiday time can be filled with family fun and celebration.  With that comes with food decisions. It can also be filled with sadness and loneliness.  Remember to take care of yourself, recharge your batteries, speak kindly to yourself, and drink lots of water. 🙂 We’ve got this.

Anyone who has ever tried to eat more healthfully or begin an exercise routine knows what it is like to fall off the wagon. You're doing great and then something comes along and messes up your success, and you revert back to old behavior. This weekend, that for me was getting sick. In a matter … Continue reading Falling Off The Wagon Gracefully