Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Revelation Reloaded

I thought it might be interesting to make a play on the title from my other blog today. It has been my week for revelations, apparently.

I was having a conversation with an acquaintance at work last week about weight loss and Weight Watchers. She was asking some questions, and I was explaining about how I'd been through this process before and had made a mistake when I hit maintenance. My mistake was thinking that I could just sort of do my own thing and keep the weight off. Once it started back on it snowballed, and then I found myself in trouble.

She asked me if this meant that when I got to maintenance that I'd have to keep tracking for the rest of my life???

I replied, "Yes. I think that's exactly what it means for me."

The surprising thing is... I'm OK with that. I am going to have to track what I eat for the rest of my life. I've tried to do my own thing, and it has become obvious that doing my own thing doesn't work. I think in the big grand scheme of things tracking daily is a very small price to pay for not having to keep doing this over and over.

On some level I've never internalized this (the tracking forever... being a weight watcher for life). Somehow it just... settled for me. The path became clear. It suddenly has become less of a burden.

This is big for me.


Paula said...

More good stuff, Laura! This is where I am always tripped up, too. And I get all defensive and say "But I don't WANNA!" when it comes to tracking to maintain. Thanks for this. :)

Laura Carson said...

I have approached every weight loss program I've ever done with *some* idea of doing my own thing once I reached goal. Like you I get to the "I don't WANNA!" part. It is hard to come to that realization, particularly because I know a lot of women CAN do their own thing. I'm just not one of them.