I’ve been doing well on my WW program this week. It’s amazing how much easier things are to manage when you feel motivated and organized. It’s simple to stick to the program right now, because I’m on vacation, and have little else to think about. I’m going to make sure to put strategies in place so that it remains easy for me to keep this up when I go back to work and life gets more hectic.
I’ve been doing well with my goal of keeping active every day.
Sunday evening I went to dinner at my parents’ house, and after we ate, we used the Wii Fit for more than half an hour. It was fun and challenging (especially the balance work), and it confirmed in my mind that having my own Wii and Wii Fit at home would make getting my activity in excuse-proof. It’s sort of fun to see how much better you get as you keep doing it.
Yesterday I went on a LONG bike ride with DRMK and her husband. We rode our bikes all around, on paths and city streets, for more than an hour and a half, and it was so much fun. The thing I love about bike riding is the freedom you feel when you’re out there with the wind in your face. You get to look at things that you quickly pass by when you’re driving. You get time to think, to be outside in nature (or in the city, in my case), and you get to enjoy the everyday moments that make life worth living. Plus, it’s always nice to spend time with good friends. We decided to go to Half Moon Bay on Friday, because they were excited to try out the path that I had discovered with my sister a few months ago.
Today I have a bunch of organizing to do around the house (taking down Christmas decorations and such), plus a huge grocery shopping stint, as well as a brow wax appointment this evening, so I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m thinking I may do one of my DVDs, like the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.
I’m really happy with the way that I’m making activity a priority for myself. In the past I’ve been a lot less motivated, but it’s been fun to think of interesting ways to get some activity in. It’s also nice to change things up and know that activity/exercise does not just mean going to the gym.
The other day my sister and I were hanging out, and she mentioned that she had recently tried Starbucks’ Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. Her eyes rolled back in her head as she described how truly decadant and delicious this concoction was. My initial response was, “LC, that’s not WW.” To which she replied, “Bella, everything is WW, you just have to count the points.”
It hit me like a ton of bricks. (Here comes the revelation)
This idea isn’t something new; in my head I’ve known for years that the beauty of the Weight Watchers program is that you can eat anything, but you have to count the points. And I also realized (in my head) that deprivation isn’t the key to a lifestyle change. But it wasn’t until this moment with my sister that I truly realized the ways I’d been sabotaging my own weight loss.
You see, I’m an all-or-nothing type of person; things are usually black or white, hot or cold, day or night - not a lot of in-between for me. And I tend to have this same sort of attitude in my approach to weight loss. I’m either On Program (OP) or I’m not. No in between. Which is short changing myself in a way that I never realized until this moment when we were discussing the hot chocolate. I think all my weekend wackiness and binging has been caused by the fact that I have been depriving myself of treats while I’m OP. In my mind, I had to be “good” to be OP. “Good” means eating only foods that are low fat, low calorie, and good for me. And if I want to indulge in something “bad,” then that means that I’m no longer OP, and I might as well continue to go off plan and live it up (binge).
But what my sister said really made me realize the error in my ways. Her approach is so much healthier - mentally and literally. If you want something that is an indulgence, you just have to budget your points for it, and make sure to count it in the day’s total. Again, I know that this is what they’ve been telling me in meetings for years, but I finally “got” it.
It made me see that by handling my weight loss in an all-or-nothing fashion, I was setting myself up for an eventual binge, because no one can be that good all of the time. It’s unrealistic and not the way you make a lifestyle change. Lifestyle changes are all about doing things in moderation, which is something that doesn’t come to me naturally. I now realize that if I’m going to be successful in not only losing the weight but in keeping it off, I have to work on this idea of moderation and set aside my usual all-or-nothing mentality.
I put this idea into practice yesterday. After the way my sister raved about the hot chocolate, I knew I had to try it for myself. I looked up the nutrition info online, and found out that a tall salted caramel hot chocolate, made with 2% milk, with whipped cream was 11 points. 11 POINTS! That’s a ton, but again, this was going to be a treat, not a daily beverage. And I knew I was going to be going on a long bike ride with friends yesterday, so I plotted out the points of the drink versus the Activity Points I’d be earning on the bike ride (8 AP, btw!!) and figured that yesterday was the perfect day to try out the drink. So, towards the end of our bike ride, we stopped at Starbucks, and I orded the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. And yes, it was THAT good. The salt balances out the sweetness of the caramel and brings out the richness of the dark chocolate used in the drink. It’s truly a delicious, decadant, indulgent treat. One that I enjoyed, but that didn’t send me spiraling into a binge eating mentality.
With this revelation about myself and my errors in my approach to weight loss, I know I’m going to be unstoppable now.
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