I’m just going to jump right into it today…
I gained 1.2 pounds this week, ladies and gents–just as I suspected I would. Truthfully, it was no shock to me that the scale reflected a move in the wrong direction. I was off my game this past week–plain and simple. I allowed my poor choice to “indulge” on Saturday to skew my mindset for the remainder of the week. My choices this past week weren’t horrible, but they obviously weren’t great either.
Part of what I love about actually going to the Weight Watchers meetings, though, is the fact that I get to interact with a plethora of people who are in the same boat as me. Everyone at those meetings is on a weight loss journey; everyone at those meetings knows exactly what it’s like to walk this path. When I saw the scale this morning, I was bummed out. Even though I realistically knew what was coming, I was still disappointed. Immediately, though, the people at my meeting rallied to help me curb that disappointment.
“I gained this week too, Rachael.”
“You still lost 11 pounds in one month, Rachael!”
“Yesterday I went to Arby’s and ate one of those market fresh sandwiches… It wasn’t until after I got home that I realized the sandwich was 19 points. I blew my entire day on one meal. It happens to the best of us.”
Story after story and anecdote after anecdote was thrown out to me to keep me going and keep me from wallowing in my disappointment.
Everyone was so kind to me today, and I soon found myself laughing and joking about my week right along with everyone else. My leader also reminded me that I’m new at this–today is only the start of week four for me. It’s taken me nearly 22 years to put this weight on–all of it isn’t going to just slide off in a couple weeks’ time.
So everything just is what it is. I just have to do better this week.
My goal for this week is twofold: 1) I am going to continue to increase my exercise. This week, I am going to spend some time on the elliptical, and when my fitness DVDs finally arrive in the mail, I am also going to get working on those. I am super excited to finally start yoga! And then 2) I am also going to work on not indulging at all this week. Sure, I can have that bag of chips or that cheeseburger I’ve been craving because, after all, that’s the great thing about Weight Watchers: so long as I manage my points well, I can eat whatever I want. But let’s be honest… if I eat a cheeseburger–even if I meet my daily point goal that day–I’m still not doing myself any favors. I’m not going to continue to lose weight by eating cheeseburgers and chips–I’m just not. There are alternatives to cheeseburgers and chips–alternatives that are actually going to help me–and that is what I need to be eating, so that’s going to be a big part of my goal for this week.
I hope each and every one of you has had a better week than me, and I also hope that you have a wonderful upcoming week, too! I’m making it my personal mission to have a better week this time around, and I hope you make it your mission to do the same.