We have all heard the phrase 'nothing tastes as good as being thing feels', and I know I have used this phrase many a time for motivation, but I am not sure this reflects my feelings on this anymore. I've spent a lot of time this week thinking about the reasons why I embarked on my own weight loss journey. Of course there are a lot of different reasons for this, but vanity played a huge part in this. Now I'm not saying there is anything wrong as using vanity as motivation, it is important to be able to feel comfortable in your own skin and feel good about who you are. However I'm beginning to think that I have put a bit too much of an emphasis on that. I have managed to maintain my weight but I I have slipped back into bad habits over time and that is why I have decided I need to rethink my motivation and look back to my longterm goals.
One of the other members in my class on Tuesday said it better than I could, its about getting the control back. I want to be in control of food and not let it be in control of me. This change is for life and I now need to find a way to make it a little bit easier to keep that control. Food has been an issue for me my whole life, and I don't want to think of it as an issue forever. I embarked on my 6 week challenge for vanity reasons but the more into it I get, the better I feel and the more I want this to become a long term change. I always said I was not one for cutting things out, but I may be converted. I am not saying that I never plan on having bread or pasta again, or that I will eat 100% clean all the time. What I want is to get to the stage where I don't crave those things. Where day to day I have enough control over my diet that this way of eating comes naturally. I am having a bit of a mental block today, so I am not sure this came across in the way I meant it.
I lost 2lbs this week which is a great start and I well into my second week and feeling pretty great. My new motivational phrase is 'Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels'!!
Finally I would like to take a few minutes to recognise and thank my fabulous weight watchers leader Mary McCaffrey. This week marked her last week as a weight watchers leader after over 20 years. Mary has the amazing ability to believe in everybody that passes through her classes. She is an incredible source of motivation, support and friendship to me throughout my journey helping celebrate the good weeks and move on from the not so good weeks. She is one of the most genuine people I have ever met and I know she will sorely be missed by all those who go to her classes. Weight Watchers is losing a fantastic leader but I really would like to wish her all the best in her future ventures! Thanks you Mary!!
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