Saturday, March 9, 2013

You can't look back, you can only go forward

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Picture on the far right was when I lost 100 pounds (2 years ago)
I know I've been rather quiet here in blog-land this year.  This is mainly because I feel as though I've fallen off the wagon and have let people down.  As you'll see from my weight tracker, I am seriously over goal.  It's not that the program stopped working... it's that I did.  I'm still tracking...most of the time...until I get to a point of self-entitlement and then I blow it.  I won't go into details because I was given great advice today at Weight Watchers by Anne Marie - you can't look back.  Look at the total lost as of today (106.8 pounds) and go forward from there.  As of Tuesday coming (March 12) I will be celebrating two years of having lost 100 pounds.  I never would have thought that I would have kept 100 pounds off for two entire years. 

Now for the next several months (not saying how many), I will concentrate on losing the weight I have put on.  I am grateful that I have gotten a hold of this before it became 20, 30, 40 or even more.  I have an arrangement with a good friend of mine who also struggles to maintain and I am hoping we can encourage each other, while keeping each other accountable.

I was reading one of the Weight Watchers message boards on Facebook the other day and someone else posted about how difficult maintenance was and how they, too, had started to re-gain.  Someone said that they had come to the realization that when they first got to goal the compliments poured in at every turn.  For months afterwards you are running into old friends and it boosts you up time and time again when they "notice".  Eventually though, the novelty wears off, the compliments stop coming and real life sets in and people see the "new" you as just... you :)  I think my mistake, and many other maintainers, was not finding something in my own life to replace that euphoria of the compliments.  I'm not sure if this makes sense, but I totally got what this person was saying.  I'm not saying that I want people to continue complimenting me - the problem is with me, not the people around me.  It's something I need to work on.

So onward and upward (forward!).... stay tuned!

On another note, I'm trying Davids Teas in the hopes that the yummy flavours will keep me from snacking on sweets :)