This weeks Weight Watcher meeting really struck a cord with me. It was all about a fresh start. Or maybe even for some of you, it would be more a new start.
Autumn is closely falling (hahaha) upon us. This means the cookouts are over…the days of laying out and playing in the sand at the beach are put aside till next year. And now we get to complain about the bitter cold instead of the suffocating heat. (All of this happens when you live in Syracuse NY and get 179 inches of snow a year…joy!)
Summer for me is always tough. Sure, you get a more wide selection of fruits and vegetables and you can get outside and be active more. But how often do we often choose to do the “healthy” things outside in summer. How many of us end up in front of the TV, or if you are lucky enough, you’re at the stadium, watching a baseball game, drinking beer and snacking on foods that aren’t necessarily friendly to your waistline.
I need a fresh start.
Not just from the delicious summer beers I drank and tasty bbq chickens I ate, but I need a fresh start on getting back to *ME*.
Sometimes we think that when we are “sabotaging” ourselves it’s because we are weak or just making poor choices. But I think a lot of the times it’s just because we forget to put ourselves first.
I started thinking about this time last year and where I was….Days away from running my very first 1/2 marathon….so close to goal weight, then changing that goal weight because I knew I was cutting myself off short, in two months time I would hit my goal weight and a little over a month later I would become a Lifetime WW member…I felt great, strong and empowered.
Where am I today?? Still at goal weight thank god, but I don’t track like I used to. I don’t attend all my Weight Watcher meetings like I used to (I still go, just not as frequently). And I’m not all giddy and excited for my first full marathon…I’m unprepared and terrified. I feel blah, a bit broken and in need of a fresh start.
So what do we do when we feel like this?? We get back to basics!! These are my basics, the things that will give me a FRESH start:
- Tracking what I eat and drink. This is what I believe to be the #1 most important tool with WW and it is what let me lose 101 lbs. Even if you don’t follow WW, journaling your food is key. It keeps me accountable and lets me see where I need to make improvements.
- Attending my WW meetings more regularly. This month is my 3 year anniversary with WW (September 18th 2008 is the exact date) so I’m not going to lie….the meeting topics get a little repetitive. Especially considering that I worked for them for a few months, I could run a lot of the meetings in my sleep I am pretty sure. But for a while during the summer I used that as en excuse to not go and to go do something else. I have to stop doing that & just sit through them. There is sure to be a special moment in that meeting that makes it worth staying for…there always is!!
- Staying true to MYSELF. Not just eating something because somebody made it or offered it to me. Not just preparing something to please others. I didn’t lose the weight for others and I sure the fuck do not want to gain weight back for others!!
- Putting myself first. Sure, this is a lot like staying true to myself, but this is more about taking the time for myself. Taking the extra time and effort is preparing a good, healthy, Points+ friendly meal for myself. Taking the time to go to my WW meeting instead of making sure other things get done for others. Finding the time and exercise that will give me some peace of mind & a good workout!!
- Remembering why I do all of this in the first place. My weight loss and maintenance is for nobody but MYSELF. I don’t do it for others. I don’t do it for any fame. I don’t do it for any statics. I don’t do it for any comparisons. I do it for me and only me and if I am not happy with the way that I am doing things, I am the only one who can change it. I can build my own little piece of happiness, and at times, that’s all I crave in life. Selfish, yes, but I don’t care.
Track, go to your WW meetings (if you are a member), choose foods that are good for you at least 90% of the time (because lets be honest here people…you are NOT going to be good ALL of the time), get some exercise in, PUT YOURSELF FIRST…Do these things, every day….that’s all you need to do!!
The basics are so simple (hence them being “basic”…I am so smart) yet we often try to make everything so complicated. And when it feels complicated, we make it complicated and it’s really not!!
So here is to fresh starts, new starts, and everything between…..