Progress Report

Y’all. I felt so much better after spilling my guts to you the other day. Seriously. Thank you to everyone that checked in with me too. It meant a lot.

On Saturday my husband pretty much forced me out of the house to go take a walk. We went to one of my favorite places, Bluff Point in Groton, CT. As much anxiety I had about going to the state park, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. We went much later in the afternoon so I’m sure that helped a little. The views are amazing and it made my soul heal a little seeing the ocean, feeling the sun and smelling the air.

I added a little over three miles to my September race and that felt good too! Totally making that goal this month.

We took in the sunset as we finished up our walk. Then found a local pizza place and shared a pizza in the van – since eating in a restaurant is super restrictive and really weird. Then we treated ourselves to some Friendlys ice cream before heading home. Taking the long way home and being out of the house for no other reason than to take a walk and a ride was really nice.

During the ride I also made a deal with myself. No more fucking around. I need to get real with trying to lose weight and stop feeling bad about myself. So many of you have heard me say this a million times before but I’ve upped the ante for myself this time. WHEN I lose 20ish pounds and get to 199- I need to hold or go below for two weeks – then I will add another tattoo to my right arm – starting my sleeve. That’s something I REALLY want so I’m going to push to make it happen. So I’m starting in the morning. I’m working on some meal planning and shopping lists to get me going. I’m excited mainly because I want to get that tattoo AND my husband gave me zero shit when I said that was what I wanted to reward myself with.

I’ll check in again soon. I’m excited. I’m gonna do this. Better start figuring out what flowers I want to add to my arm!

Bounce Back

Setbacks happen to all of us.  Here’s how to get back on track.

Whether you missed a Weight Watcher’s meeting, unplanned eating, skipping your morning walk, or not keeping track, lapses like these are temporary when you identify, accept, and move past them.

Thinking of a setback as a time when an old, unhelpful behavior change.  The good news?  A setback is also a sign of success.  The new behaviors that you’ve acquired have been established themselves that your old behaviors seem – just that – old and unhelpful.

To bounce back from a setback, ask yourself what you can learn and what you can change to ward off the setback again.  Then, turn to your support systems – online, meeting room, friends or family.  Having a support system to lean on during times that you feel you’ve gone off track is an important tool to have.  They can help you find your way out of a dark time and remind you that the bad time you’re having now, may not be nearly as bad as it was before you started your journey.

An exercise provided by the Weight Watcher’s Weekly on this topic is to write a letter to your future self.  When you have a setback, pull out your letter and read it to help you get right back on track.  If paper and pen isn’t your style, write an email or save it in the notes app on your phone.  Now, what should you say?

  • Remind yourself – that your setback is a normal part of the journey and has nothing to do with who you are.
  • Cheer the progress – you’ve already made, including any scale or non-scale victories you’ve achieved or are closing in on.
  • List who can help and how – family members or friends, your WW team or fellow members.
  • Set a plan for getting back on track – for example, if you find tracking has helped before, aim to track your next meal or two.  If sharing with others motivates you – share online.
  • On the envelope or subject line – write “open me when you _______” (ex – have a slip up, get on the struggle bus or feel stuck)
  • Read it when you need it – you could ask a friend to send it to you when they notice you’ve had a setback or if you think you might need an extra reminder of how awesome you’re really doing.
Check out my Instagram to see my letter to myself – HERE
Source – Weight Watchers Weekly March 11 – 17 2018