My week went pretty well. I kept within my points range all week and got in a lot of steps. I was down 2.5 lbs, which is great!
This week we focused on imagining what it would be like to be at our goal. I personally don't like to think that far ahead and don't really even have a vision that far in my mind. I like to make small goals and strides. This way I don't put pressure on myself. I take things week by week. This keeps me focused and makes the achievement more personal and reachable.
I found myself making good food choices, even in bad situations. Let's face it, there are times that you are going to be out with family or friends and everyone is going to want to go to the ice cream parlor or fast food place. Whatever that situation may be, you have to be able to express yourself to your peers. If you don't want anything, don't feel pressured to say yes. Simply tell them that while you appreciate them wanted to include you in their indulgence, you personally have a goal or plan that you are sticking to and don't want to have any. You can even suggest a healthier place to go. If you want the treat or food they are having, go for it. Just mark it and work it into your points system or diet plan. If you go rogue, just get back on track tomorrow. Don't punish yourself. You are human. My husband enjoys having ice cream shakes at night. I know I can't have ice cream every day. So a lot of times I will grab a diet coke while he has his shake. I don't feel deprived. Once in a while I will have a small ice cream with him, but I don't make it a constant occurrence.
I know how important it is for me to stay focused and I constantly remind myself of it. It is very easy to get off course. After a while, those "One isn't going to hurt" days start turning back into bad habits and the downward spiral starts again. It take a lot of discipline and self control to stay on course and focused. Going to my weekly meeting helps me to learn and listen to others who have been down that road.
The bottom line is that I have to be accountable for my own actions, face my faults, develop new habits and patterns, and stay focused on what I want to do or who I want to be. After a while it will become the norm. This is my plan, to continue to live a healthier lifestyle. I am doing this for me. Sometimes, you have to be selfish in life and put yourself first. There is nothing wrong with doing that.
Have a healthy week.