In October my weight began fluctuating. Then in November I saw weekly gains. And yesterday's weigh-in showed that I'm only 15.8 pounds lighter than when I was at my heaviest in 2002.
I've struggled with my weight all my life. When I was a kid my grandmother would buy my clothes from the "chubby" section of A&S department store. Then when I hit puberty I actually lost weight and what remained was "redistributed." In college I gained the infamous freshman 15. And throughout my adult life I've had weight-loss setbacks. And I'm having one again.
It can start off with something as simple as a bad day and then roll into a bad weekend. And if I don't catch myself by Monday I can fall prey to negative thoughts like "Hey, I might as well wait till next week." Then it snowballs into skipping the weekly weigh-in because I don't want to be held accountable and face up to what my more tightly fitting pants are already telling me. Also I'm prone to eating more and exercising less around the holiday trifecta. Throw in that it gets dark earlier and the weather is getting colder and it's the perfect excuse to hibernate with my favorite comfort carbs.
So what do I do now? Or rather, what should I start doing again? I assess, accept and take action. I've cleaned up my cupboards and fridge and I've looked at my POINTS® Tracker, Activity Tracker and Weight Tracker so I know how I got here. On Sunday I admitted that I was just sick and tired of sabotaging my weight loss efforts and I recommitted to the Plan. Monday was my first day back tracking food and activity. And on Thursday I had my "wake-up" weigh-in.
I've learned sometime ago not to beat myself up over slips (it only triggers bad feelings and emotional eating) so today my focus is on continuing to take the next healthy step. I also look back on my experience of reaching my goal weight with Weight Watchers as a daily reminder that I can do it again.
-- Lisa Thomas
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