I don’t normally make excuses for my behaviour, choosing to own my actions rather than deflect my choices by trying to provide justification.
Do, or do not. There is no try.
(Oh, Master Yoda, is there anyone wiser than you?)
And for the most part, I’ve been successful; pushing beyond my limits and into unfamiliar territory with gusto. Recognizing my mistakes and apologizing when appropriate. Trying to do the right thing.
However, when it comes to making healthy dietary choices, that’s when I have a ton of “reasons” – not excuses, right? – for my lack of motivation. I’ll be honest: I have a complex and emotional relationship with food. Because…
1. It’s hard to separate hunger from boredom. 10:00 PM snacking is “a thing”.
2. It’s hard to say no to leftover cheesecake.
3. It’s hard to fit in exercise when I work 14-hour days.
4. It’s hard to stay on track when eating out and cooking for picky eaters.
5. It’s hard to eat well without feeling completely and utterly deprived of delicious food.
Those are my hard parts. What’s your hard part?
In 2015, I’m done making excuses. I’ve realized that making healthy food and life choices only seems insurmountable when I focus on the change as a whole. Eliminate sugar? I can’t! It’s too much a part of my life. Lose 15 pounds? Impossible! I’m not cut out to go on a diet. Exercise? When! I have no time.
And when I’m happy, sad, bored, tired, stressed, multi-tasking, shopping, reading, talking on the phone, working… among a slew of other triggers… I eat.
The hard part? Admitting there is a hard part. Admitting that losing weight is not easy, simple or uncomplicated.
This year, I’m getting help with my hard parts.
On December 27th, 2014, I joined Weight Watchers. (Of course I gave myself a day or two to
eat binge on Christmas dinner leftovers.) Now let me be clear – I did not join because I believe I am overweight or think that health and happiness are dictated by a number on my scale. I did not join because I am participating in a campaign with Weight Watchers (I am) or because I was asked to join (I was not). I have joined Weight Watchers because I recognize that I have hard parts, and I recognize that I need help with them.
And with NEW 24/7 Chat, and Weight Watchers’ many other tools (online recipes, restaurant finder, activity tracking, etc.), I’m closer than ever to their dedicated coaches. Whether it’s getting started, words of encouragement to help keep me going, or help and support with weight loss, I can now access coaches who have followed the Weight Watchers program and were successful at losing weight and keeping it off.
It’s been just over 3 weeks since I’ve joined the program. And I’m already happier with the choices I’ve made, the foods I’ve consumed, and the support I’ve received from Weight Watchers coaches along the way. Stay tuned as I continue to share my journey!