Monday, April 8, 2013

I've Never Really Liked Chutes And Ladders

Weight loss is hard. Maintenance is even harder. I keep thinking that some day I'll reach the "Finish" space on the weight gameboard and be able to spend more time and energy on other parts of my life. I've been playing this game for the last 25 years and it's pretty exhausting. In December I landed on a dreaded chute space and got sent about halfway back to Start. So now, I'm up about 7 pounds and none of my jeans fit without my waist looking like an overstuffed sausage. 

Even though I feel discouraged to be in this place again, I know that I am in control of what happens from here. I know that I need to cut some things out of my diet (refined sugar and peanut butter) because my brain doesn't seem to get "moderation". I know that I need to drastically increase my consumption of leafy greens and cruciferous veggies. I know I need to drink more water (maybe it's time to revisit my Healthier You Challenge). I know I need to keep up with my exercise routine. I know what to do. I just have to actually DO IT. EVERY DAY.

Even if I only spin a 1 each day and move sloth-like across the gameboard, I will be moving in the right direction. I've also realized that I will fall down more chutes and will have to work my way back across the board over, and over, and over again. That is real-life. I'll never reach the last space. The difference for me now is that I'm catching the weight gain when it's 3 or 5 or 7 pounds instead of 30 or 40 pounds. While Saturdays at Weight Watchers haven't been fun for me lately, I've still stepped on the scale and faced the music each week. The truth can be difficult but I am being honest with myself which is instrumental in regaining control.

I will lose this weight and I will try to avoid the behaviors that land me on the chute spaces in the future. I will also focus on the ladders on my gameboard: my husband who will cook me healthy food, my parents who help with my kids, my reliable workout buddy Jennifer, my in-home exercise studio, and my kids and amazing students who keep me inspired to be the best *me* I can be.

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