I am struggling.
I am back on Weight Watchers, but I'm not focused. I've been letting life get in the way of my weight loss and fitness goals.
I'm using excuses, such as "School is more important!" and "My neck hurts!" and "Maybe I should just not worry about this stuff anymore and just gain a little weight and let my body decide a new happy weight for me."
Since these are my top three excuses lately, let's examine all of them one by one and debunk my myths.
#1 Why-it's-okay-to-gain-some-weight Myth:
School is More Important!!!
Umm... I went to school in January, too. And it was important then, too. And somehow, I was waking up early every day to make sure that I got my exercise in, was making and packing healthy snacks for class, and even took 20 minute pilates breaks during my study sessions.
What's different about this semester? Besides new classes, nothing. I have the exact same schedule as last semester. Work 8-5 Monday through Friday, School 5:30-8:30 Monday through Thursday. That is exactly the same. Am I super busy? Yep. Does that mean that I cannot eat healthy and exercise? Nope.
#2 Why-it's-okay-to-gain-some-weight Myth:
My Neck Hurts!!!
My car was rear-ended last Wednesday, and I have pretty bad whiplash as a result. My neck hurts most of the time, and I'm still waiting for a little workman's comp insurance issue before I get to go to an orthopedic doctor to see what the next step should be. I have lots of pain killers/muscle relaxers/anti-inflammatories, but cannot take them through the work/school day because they make me loopy, so I'm relying on Advil to get me through which only helps a little.
Anyway... Is this a valid excuse to not follow Weight Watchers? No way. Is it a valid excuse to go easy on exercise? Yes, of course it is. (However, I have been back to stationary biking the last couple of nights, and my neck doesn't get bothered with it, so yay!).
There is really no reason that neck pain should equal poor food choices. This is a classic case of "woe is me" eating, or comfort eating. Enough!!
#3 Why-it's-okay-to-gain-some-weight Myth:
Maybe I should just not worry about this stuff anymore and just gain a little weight and let my body decide a new happy weight for me...?
Just typing this one out was sad for me. Why am I giving myself this excuse, even for just a second?
First of all: It's not true. I would not be happy with my body at a higher weight. Sure, looking back at my NYC trip from last October, I notice that I didn't really look bad at 168, but I was still 14 pounds overweight and wasn't satisfied with my body at that size.
|me last October (168 lb)|
Gaining any of this weight back is just not an option for me! I've come too far, and learned too much, to ever go back.
Now that I've successfully de-bunked my top three myths, it's time for me to get serious about my weight loss journey again. Weight Watchers works, and even when followed 100% correctly is not torture. It's a simple eating plan that allows for everything in moderation, but focuses on eating mostly whole and healthy foods. That's exactly how I want to eat forever, so why am I making this hard for myself? Urg.
Today is day 3 OP, and I'm feeling pretty positive about it. I just thought that I'd remind you all that I'm human (like you needed reminding of that, I'm pretty sure that I don't even kind of come across as perfect) and that I struggle with my dieting/exercising just like everyone else. I just need to get back in the groove, and it will all be good again.