Sabotaging your weight loss
Things are going good, losing weight, getting active, people are noticing. But usually at this point, I sabotage myself and backslide into old habits. I caught myself doing that on a couple of trips to Augustana College recently for events for my son.
I thought I had my meal supplements, but we got about 10 miles from home and realized I had left it behind. That meant I was on my own and not as prepared as I thought for what I could eat for the day.
We had to stop for lunch on the way and wound up at a fast food place. This wasn’t too bad but I was starving by this point. I ordered a garden salad with chicken breast with raspberry vinaigrette, which I only used a little. I felt good about my choice. I knew I needed the protein or I would be hungry in a short while.
My son’s recital was great and now it was time for dinner, which we booked at our favorite restaurant. Suddenly, I had no self control. I did order the salmon with broccoli – no starch, but instead of a garden salad – ordered the Caesar salad and also had one of their biscuits.
Then we had four days for all the graduation ceremonies and events with my son. I felt like I was on a farewell tour with him, where he had to eat at all his favorite restaurants and visit every bar before leaving the Quad Cities for good.
I tried to watch what I was eating, but did not follow the plan and came away bloated and a pound heavier. The positive was I tried to get in my 30-40 minutes of walking every day.
I decided I wasn’t going to beat myself up about it like I always do. When I talked to Tricia Ligon, manager of the Advocate Weight Management Program, she had a great comment I want to share: “Remember this is a journey and you are not going to overcome this in one straight neat clean path. It will be messy from time to time. Identifying who you are (the person who loses 30 lbs. feels like a rock star and heads down the slippery path of talking yourself out of it) will allow you the ability to change that person. This is your time, a new page; you get to be whoever you choose to be!”
I thought that was powerful and felt I should share that. I am sure all of you out there that have struggled with a weight issue have felt the same way.
So lesson learned…if you are going to go off the plan, enjoy and savor every bite. Make sure you still track everything you are eating no matter how embarrassed you are that you lost focus. Don’t feel bad about it – acknowledge it, own it and get back on track the next day.
Next month I hope to share some insights learned on starting a fitness program.
About the Author
Debi Jordan, health enews contributor, is senior account rep for the Advocate Health Care Media Center. She is sharing her weight loss journey.