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Winners never Quit

26 May 2010

Confession: I have body image issues. I’ve had them almost as long as I can remember.

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Does this measuring tape make me look fat?

Is that a big surprise? The majority of women in industrialized countries share my plight – whether they are thick, thin, obese, healthy, skinny, sick… In my opinion, there’s a huge problem with that, but that’s a topic for ย a better thought out post in the future. This post is to clear my head and document my success.

So, what do I do in order to tackle the body-image monster? I meet it head on. Two weeks ago today, I re-joinedย Weight Watchers. I’ve been a member of Weight Watchers on-and-off since 2004 – with varying degrees of success. I have heard, observed and learned first-hand that the degree of success one achieves as a Weight Watcher (WWer) is in direct correlation to the degree of dedication that WWer has to meet goal. To quote a popular WWer mantra, “The Program works IF you work the Program.”

drowning

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and frustrated when starting to revamp your lifestyle, but if you take it in small bites it becomes much more manageable. Well, at least for me, it is. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think that my all-or-nothing mentality has been a detriment to my work toward the total revamping of my diet and overall lifestyle – I kept getting bogged down in the details and losing sight of the finish line.

No more: I will no longer allow myself to get lost in the overwhelming ball-pit of details. I will build up my healthy lifestyle block by block, rather than trying to do it all at once – and I will make myself accept responsibility and ownership for my decisions. I will hold myself accountable instead of trying to find things to blame my failure on; I want to blame myself for my success. ๐Ÿ˜›

The first week back On Program (OP), I wasn’t doing so hot. I’m not sure what my mindset was, but it was not success. I took stock in my decision to re-join Weight Watchers, and decided that I wasn’t going to allow myself to fail.

My first test was going out for dinner and drinks with friends at a locally owned Irish-style pub. I looked up the menu to plan my meal – but – gasp! – no nutritional information was available. I looked up similar foods so that I could estimate points values and limited my choices down to 2-3. I chose a Rosemary Oven-Roasted Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus. I had a glass of wine with dinner. I even had dessert – which I shared. I thought I was going to use up the majority of my flex points – but I didn’t. ๐Ÿ˜€ I did use a few, but not many at all. That was victory #1.

My second victory came today. I had waited far too long to eat and I was getting light headed, it was time for me to prepare dinner, but I knew that I wouldn’t make it even that long. We have some tortilla chips in the pantry, as well as cereals, nuts, and chocolate chips. Normally, I would have chosen something chock full of carbs or (refined) sugar – I was drawn to the fruit bowl instead. As I got out what I needed in order to prepare dinner, I ate a banana, which held me over perfectly.

Am I too early in my journey to congratulate myself for a job well-done? I don’t think so. I have never before
taken the time to really think about my choices – a habit I’ve been wanting to change for a long, long time. I need to take stock of all of the great decisions I make so that when I might make a bad decision, I won’t beat myself up about it. So what if I go over my points one day, that’s what flex points are for. So what if I eat a piece of cake at a birthday party, I’ve budgeted it and will be making smart choices the rest of the day. If I beat myself up for every little thing, I’ll become dejected and ultimately quit. I’m a winner – and winners never quit. ๐Ÿ˜€

Simon Howden

I'm a Winner!

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