A few months back I wrote about taking responsibility for my weight loss. It wasn't weight watchers or any other system that made me lose weight. It was me myself and I that lost the weight. I am not knocking weight watchers or any other system. They are great. They provide the tools and support. They are wonderful. The problem comes into play when these weight loss systems become the end all be all to us. I know that I did this in the past and while I was highly successful with the program that I chose (WW), I didn't learn valuable lessons. I didn't learn that it was ME that did it.
This was brought up in my mind the other day. I was writing a comment on a weight loss forum that I am part of. Basically I was saying that by 6 that one night I wasn't sure that I was going to get my fruits and veggies in for the day. It was a crap shot for me that day. (It was Saturday....and Saturday was...well.....I'll get there later). Someone posted back on there.....(and let me preface this by saying that this person was in no way being mean...and I am in no way trying to knock on them for their comment....it just sparked thought in my head)...they posted "I'm on Weight Watchers, so I KNOW that I will get my 5 fruits and veggies a day". Ok, that's fine....but there is that end all be all mentality that is so destructive in a long term kind of way. Weight watchers is not the salvation. Motivation is the salvation. NO, you dont' know that you will get your fruits and veggies in. Life throws curveballs. Things happen. Just being on the end all be all weight loss program does not mean automatic success. Success comes from inside oneself! The comment that would have made me happier to see....even with the weight watchers plug would have been. "I'm super motivated while following weight watchers and I am motivated to get my recommended fruit and veggies in...because I CAN DO IT!"
Saturday. I woke up. I woke up emotional. I consciously made the decision while I laid in bed (I may or may not have been crying at that point) that I didn't give a flip about vegetables...if I got them in, so be it if I didn't.....big whop. A few minutes later I also decided that I was going to screw the water consumption. I was drinking diet soda all day. So HA. I was well on my way to having a 'blow it off day'. No veggies (only the condiments on my sub) through breakfast and lunch. Not a drop of water either. Todd and I spent the afternoon outside working in the garden. I was sucking down diet soda and a funny thing happened....my stomach was rebelling. It was flipping and flopping and I felt MISERABLE. I didn't think anything of it...but when my diet soda was gone, I wasn't thinking and the NEW habit that I've formed kicked in and I just filled my water mug and took that outside. I started pounding the water and low and behold......I felt 100% better. My body overruled my I dont' care attitude. As for the veggies....uhhhh lets see refried beans at the mexican restaurant.......some lettuce and onions on my turkey sub........and can I count raspberry ice cream (soft serve) as a fruit?????? So I never recouped that decision. However, Sunday I was back on track! :-)