One Day at a Time

What a difference one day can make. Even though I’ve been off track (for the most part) for the past several months, recommitting publically yesterday felt like the biggest weight off my chest. I think sometimes I feel this intense pressure as a weight loss blogger and Weight Watchers Leader to show that I have it all figured out, and while I do have the basics down pat, healthiness is something I have to fight for every day, and will have to for the rest of my life.

My sister Wendy said something to me yesterday that really hit me. She said, “It is a journey. Unfortunately you never arrive, although you have to see the good in that. You get bored of any destination after awhile.” And while I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of being at my goal weight, I DEFINETLY get bored of having to make weight loss front and center in my life at all times. It’s easy for priorities to shift sometimes and for weight loss/maintenance not to be the focus, and I think that’s just a natural part of the journey and something I have to accept.

But anyways, back to the point of this post – yesterday was a near-perfect day. I woke up in the morning early, went to a 1 hour Body Pump class for the first time in months, and then did 15 minutes of intervals on the stairmill afterwards. My eating was really on point, too. Here’s what it looked like:

Post Workout: A green smoothie w/1 cup skim milk, 1 banana, a few raspberries, and a handful of spinach (2 pts+)

Breakfast: English Muffin w/Cottage Cheese and a pear plus coffee w/milk (6 pts+)

English Muffin

Lunch: Mixed Greens w/white beans, roasted red peppers, sunflower seeds, feta cheese, and balsamic (6 pts+)

Salad

Plus a bag of Weight Watchers BBQ pop chips (2 pts+)

Afternoon snack was a bag of 100 calorie popcorn (3 pts+)

Dinner was soft-boiled eggs on a toasted english muffin (7 pts+)

soft boiled eggs

Plus green beans with 1 tbsp parmesan cheese (1 pt+)

And for dessert, a giant latte bar (2 pts+)

It was a perfect 29 pt+ day, and I felt really satisfied.

I just laid low last night and read a book and watched some TV, and it felt so good to recharge (and not drink) and wake up feeling great today. I also went on a 4.5 mile run this morning before work, which is the farthest I’ve run since my half marathon Memorial Day weekend. It was hard, but it felt great.

So I guess the point is, it’s incredible how much of a difference one day can make. I feel so much better this morning than I did yesterday morning, and I feel in control. If you’ve fallen off the wagon too, don’t wait until tomorrow to get back on it. Start today.

24 Comments on One Day at a Time

  1. Gwen
    July 12, 2012 at 10:37 am (8 years ago)

    You’re so inspiring, Beth! I want to get back on track SO badly. I know we BOTH can do it, you’re showing me that!

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    • Beth
      July 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm (8 years ago)

      Aww thanks Gwen! We CAN do this!

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  2. Lauren
    July 12, 2012 at 11:35 am (8 years ago)

    Great job, Beth! Keep it up, you can do it!

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    • Beth
      July 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks Lauren! Feels so good to get started!

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  3. Rachel
    July 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm (8 years ago)

    Having an “on” day is the best feeling ever! Thanks for sharing your day. It is inspiring for people like me to know that even big time weight loss divas like you have a hard time and have to recharge and reinvigorate once in a while. You can do it and so can I!

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    • Beth
      July 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm (8 years ago)

      Big weight loss diva – haha! Thank you for the vote of confidence but trust me, I am still learning BIGTIME!

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  4. Courtney @BrusselSproutsandBeer
    July 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm (8 years ago)

    Beth, your blog has been SO inspiring to me all along. I give you credit for being so honest and putting the truth out there. Let’s face it…we all have our ups and downs but it is just important for us to realize they are just that. Thanks for your inspiration and your honesty.

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    • Beth
      July 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm (8 years ago)

      Aww thank you Courtney – and you are welcome!

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  5. Darla
    July 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm (8 years ago)

    Beth — It sucks, but it will always be a battle. The point is to enjoy what you have accomplished. Now that I’m in my 40s, despite the 10 pounds I’d like to lose, I especially realize that you have to take pleasure in your body. Also, I have to tell you if you were a WW leader out here in the NoVa burbs I’d happily go to the meetings. It’s great to see someone who (1) isn’t middle-aged and (2) doesn’t act like it isn’t a struggle. Stay strong!

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    • Beth
      July 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm (8 years ago)

      It’s true – it’s something I’ll always have to work on. But at the same time, I know it’s important to embrace all that I have changed, and the fact that I caught it when I have less than 20 lbs to lose, rather than the 90 I started with!

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  6. Roz@weightingfor50
    July 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm (8 years ago)

    Love the quote from your sister!!!! Thanks to her and to YOU for your inspiration!!!

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    • Beth
      July 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm (8 years ago)

      I know, isn’t it great! Older and wiser, I guess! 🙂

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  7. Hilary
    July 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm (8 years ago)

    Always a good reminder…good for you!

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  8. Bonnie
    July 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm (8 years ago)

    Well done!! Just do the work kiddo!

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  9. Deb
    July 13, 2012 at 12:51 am (8 years ago)

    This is such an inspiring post Beth! And that little salad looks delicious!

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  10. jennyinarizona
    July 13, 2012 at 10:38 am (8 years ago)

    I just wanted to remind you from a members point of view, we don’t want our leaders to be perfect! My leader has the same struggles as we do, and that’s what makes her words “worth” something to me. I don’t want my meetings led by someone who is perfect, it makes me feel worse about myself. So don’t put so much pressure on yourself, all we want is honesty 🙂

    And great job on the restart! I started tracking again yesterday too!

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    • Beth
      July 14, 2012 at 9:47 am (8 years ago)

      Hey Jenny! Thanks for your comment. I think it’s so easy to put SO MUCH pressure on myself for various reasons, and it backfires every.single.time. And I agree – I always wanted a leader I could relate to, so I know it’s good I struggle in some way, but it still… sucks. 🙂

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  11. Kate @KateMovingForward
    July 13, 2012 at 10:51 am (8 years ago)

    What an encouraging post! And I love that your food looks like something I would actually eat! I’ve been struggling to really commit to losing the last 10 pounds, but two weeks ago I recommitted to get it done! It is a journey but it happens one choice at a time!

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  12. Janine
    July 13, 2012 at 11:56 am (8 years ago)

    Hi Beth!
    I’m new to WW (just completed my first week) and new to your blog, which I love so much. I really appreciate your sharing your challenges. Yesterday at my WW meeting (my second one), our leader shared her slip up and how she learned from it in the past week. I am sure I was not the only one who found that so encouraging and helpful, rather than if she acted as though she never slipped up. I just wanted to share my appreciation of this post! All the best of health and healing,
    Janine

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    • Beth
      July 14, 2012 at 9:44 am (8 years ago)

      Hi Janine! Thanks for stopping by! So glad you found me (and WW) and i wish you much success on the program! And one thing that is great about WW is that every single leader/receptionist has been through and lost weight on WW, so they “get it” which made me feel a lot less embarrassed weighing in/vocalizing my struggles in the meetings. I really love it!

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  13. Eunice
    July 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm (8 years ago)

    I just stumbled on your blog, after clicking on a link from the blog, honeyishrunkthegretchen. and I’m so glad I did! great post!

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  14. Annie Ormiston
    July 14, 2012 at 7:49 am (8 years ago)

    I have been struggling with my weight maintenance since I hit goal with WW in April. This post is exactly what I needed today. Thank you! Maintenance is a huge struggle for me and I just can’t seem to get back on track but today I will focus on today. Tomorrow I will focus on tomorrow. One day at a time. Have a great weekend 🙂

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  15. Sophie
    July 25, 2012 at 5:56 am (8 years ago)

    You’re brave to put it all out there on the line like you do Beth. When it gets tough, remember how many people you inspire 🙂 Thanks for the post and all the best with your recommitment!

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