Being in weight loss mode is something I’m super comfortable with, and while it’s perhaps a little too familiar, here we are. This time though, things feel different than ever before because I have different reasons that make me even more committed. And with this new chapter of my weight loss journey, I want to take the opportunity to do certain things a bit differently than I have in the past. Here are the main things I want to do different this ‘go round:
1.) Actually take monthly photos and measurements. This is something I’ve wanted to do every time I’ve ever lost weight and have regretted not doing it consistently. I’ve pieced together random photos from different times and aligned them with what weight I was at the time, but I want to take consistent photos and measurements so I can see my successes outside of the scale. I took my starting measurements and photos on January 2 and will take the first progress photos and measurements on Saturday, February 2nd. I’m not quite ready to share these yet, but maybe I will one day.
2.) Realize I’m going to mess up sometimes and focus on getting back on track quickly rather than beating myself up. This is a mistake I’ve always made in the past — getting very frustrated with myself when I mess up, and then throwing in the towel and taking too much time to get back on track, rather than just forgiving myself and moving on. This time I’m going in eyes wide open to realize that there will be times when I’m sleep deprived and overdo it, or am tempted at a party and give in, or go out to eat and eat all the chips, drinks, and dessert. But instead of wallowing in frustration about falling off track, I’m going to do my best to start fresh with the next meal because that will make the biggest difference in the long run. I also want Riley to be gentle on herself in whatever battles she comes across later in life, and since kids do as we do, I want to set that example as early as I can.
3.) Not avoid social gatherings. Now that I’m older, have moved to the ‘burbs, and have a kid, social gatherings are fewer and farther between than they were when I was younger. On previous attempts when I was getting serious at losing weight, I would avoid getting together with friends because I didn’t trust myself, or try to re-route us to do healthy things rather than what was suggested. While I’m not going to shy away from healthy dates by any means, I’m also going to make a big effort to really soak those experiences in and not let my weight loss efforts get in the way of having fun, being social and living my life. Life is short and friends, parties, and outings are a big, important part of it, whether I’m trying to lose weight or not. And if I overdo it while enjoying good company? See #2.
4.) Pay more attention to ingredients. I know I won’t be perfect with this one, but I want to shy away from diet foods and light options and focus on nourishing myself with whole foods and short ingredient lists for the most part. I think WW Freestyle nudges you in this direction anyway, but in past attempts at weight loss I haven’t cared what was in anything I was eating except for the number of Points. This time, I want to focus on feeding myself well because I know that’s important for my overall health, and plus I’m feeding my baby from my body now, so what I put in is even more important.
5.) Enjoy the journey. Sure, I’d like to be where I want to be now (or yesterday), but I’m not. Life goes SO FAST and I know that if I focus on the positives, make the best choices I can in the moment, and stay proud of myself for healthy habits, even if I’m not where I once was, it’ll be a much more enjoyable experience and I’ll be where I’m heading before I know it. A good example of this was yesterday — I did week one, day one of the Couch to 5 K running program, and it was really hard! Rather than harp on the fact that I used to run half marathons and would even skip the first few weeks of the program as I’ve gotten back into running several times since then, I was truly proud of myself for making the time to do it and for doing all 8 intervals of (slow) jogging. In the past I would have been frustrated that I’m back to square one at this point, but that’s not going to get me anywhere, so instead I choose to see the good in it. And that only encourages me to keep going.
I’m not expecting perfection from myself with any of these things, but even aiming for them is a few steps ahead of where I’ve been in the past with my mindset, and it already feels good.