“It took me 9 years to finally reach my goal weight. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is not a straight path. It is a winding path with steep ups and downs. The biggest mistake you can make is to give up on yourself after a big fall. Further, you should expect that you will periodically fall – I did it so often I’m surprised I can still walk. Haven’t lost weight in a few weeks? Stay calm. Analyze what you’ve been doing. Make some changes in what you are doing. But, do not quit! Stay with it, return to it, and you will eventually find your groove.” – David Kirchoff “Weight Loss Boss”
I identify with the above quote. I haven’t been actively trying to lose weight for 9 years, but it has been a lifelong struggle. I joined Weight Watchers this time last year. By now I would have thought I’d have lost a good chunk, but then again I’d always looked at Weight Watchers and losing weight as just a diet. Now things have changed.
The last several months have brought about me losing and gaining the same 5 pounds, month after month. I’d do great with my exercise and then “fail” eating by letting my emotions take control.
I am an emotional eater. I’ve learned this. I struggle with this. I don’t know why I turn to food for comfort, but it is a very difficult thing to change. Since I joined Weight Watchers a year ago I’ve had a lot of life changes. I’ve passed the bar, started a new job, changed roles at that job, moved, the house flooded. . . plus many other personal changes in my life. Through it all I’ve learned that when things get busy and stressful I lose control and I slip back into bad habits.
However, I’m proud to say that I haven’t thrown in the towel. So while I wish that my progress had been more, I lost what I lost. While I am still up from my last blog weigh in, I did lose 5.4 pounds last week! Getting serious and tracking and counting points/calories paid off. Every week won’t have a big loss like that, but I’m motivated. I’m aware. I’m changing my habits and little by little I will do this.
I’m not going to get down on myself for how long it takes, I’m going to focus on doing what I need to do to learn how to live a healthy life and focus on nutrition and exercise that I can sustain.
I’m going to go back to posting weekly weigh ins, no more avoiding the scale!