Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Caught in a Mousetrap

I once compared my weight loss to a rollercoaster ride, but I have decided that actually it does not resemble one, at least not in the traditional sense. You see, a rollercoaster goes waaayyy up,... and then waaayyyy down -- FAST. Well, I have yet to see the "wayyyy down."

So while I am truly on a ride, it is more akin to a Mousetrap. It goes up a little bit, dips and turns the corner, only to coast at the same level for a couple of weeks. Then, it dips again when you least expect it, but not for a long drop. Instead, just when you brace yourself for the exhilerating glide downhill, it stops after a few feet and jerks you back up so fast your head spins. 

You are left wondering if you enjoyed yourself or if you truly have whiplash from the all the jerky movements. Why can't this weight loss be more like the amusement park drop tower rides? You know, the ones that take you up high and drops you free-fall style never to go up again. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Gift

Though the following is a re-post from my Weight Watcher's blog, I felt it was words that anyone seeking to better their life by making smarter health conconscoius decision's could understand:

The Gift

I believe that the road to success in this journey goes beyond staying OP! It is about your attitude! Above or below your points is just a guideline, the journey is in self-worth and acceptance of each day as a unique gift. 

Recently, I have been getting down on myself just because I could not refuse that scoop of ice cream, or because I could have gone to bed instead of down to the kitchen. But just the other day as I looked disappointedly at my swollen, distended belly, and noted the extra 4lbs on the scale, it hit me like a ton of bricks. There are other things going on that are out of my control. First of all, I am human and I have wants, needs, cravings, and weaknesses -- and quite frankly, I am allowed because the last time I checked, I was not perfect in any sense of the word. But also, I cannot control everything. I am a female, and I had forgotten that by God's plan, I must ovulate, hence I will crave, I will cramp, and I will fill up with water like a child's balloon on a hot summer's day. And that is something I definitely cannot control. 

So, yes, I do have a goal, but the points are a guideline to adhere to help us understand portions and to help get to our goals. But they are not the measure of overall success. So while I had become a slave to them and was horribly upset if I had broken my "master's" rules, I should have been concentrating on controlling the call of the wild (or how much chocolate I ate) and not beating myself up as if it is the end of the world. Simply being here at WW to concentrate on my health is far more important than not meeting a goal or deadline. Yes, we are on a journey, but no road is flat, they are filled with hills and valleys. So sit back and enjoy the ride, each day is a gift -- Treasure yourself!