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Celebrate Small Victories

Time to be honest. Time to ‘fess up. You’ve not seen any Weight Watchers posts from me in while and maybe you’re wondering what is happening? Well, nothing is happening. In the midst of marathon training, which took over my life for training and the race, and then the holidays, I stopped going. I missed a couple meetings because it became more important to not get up early on Saturday’s since I was up so early on Sunday mornings to run. Maybe I could have gone to a different meeting, but in my mind, if I couldn’t go to my beloved meeting, I wasn’t going to go. 

My eating became all about fueling my body for marathon training. I ate to keep up the energy I needed to run all the miles. I grew tired of certain foods that were a staple for me, such a bananas and peanut butter. And amongst all of this, I quit tracking. 

Back in September, I stopped going to meetings and cancelled my membership. If I wasn’t following the plan, I didn’t want to pay for it. I was focused on marathon training. When I got past the marathon, it really took several weeks for my body to get over the fact that I was no longer seriously training and did not need all the food. 

Then the holidays came. Always a busy time of year, we had a lot going on between work, parties, family get-togethers, and taking time off. 

Are these all excuses? Maybe. But, I did what I had to do at that time. But now, I am working towards getting back on track. To finding my way back to healthier eating and less indulging. I know I gained weight during marathon training – it is an evil twist in a plan to run 26.2 miles. It seems like you would lose weight, but you don’t. I gave myself a pass because I could only focus on one HUGE goal at once. 

I have not been on a scale since my last Weight Watchers meeting. I have no idea what my weight is. This scares me a little bit because I can feel that I’ve put on weight, but I also feel incredibly strong. 

In an effort to get back on track, I’ve been making small changes the last couple of weeks. Getting back to habits that have always been important – and successful – in my weight loss. As part of this, I am taking time on Saturdays or Sundays to celebrate small victories from my week. These are from the last two weeks:

 

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I start off my week with several small goals in mind. I really had to nix the Starbucks habit that took over the holidays (although it was a delicious habit) and I’m really trying to get back to taking snacks and lunch, even when I feel too busy to do so. Meal planning is very helpful in this. All of these will become a habit over time again.

Will I go back to Weight Watchers? For now, the answer is no. I love Weight Watchers and I will always credit it for teaching me how to live healthy and make lifestyle changes for weight loss success without depriving myself of foods that I love. I might one day. There are so many things I love about it. But, right now it’s not an expense I cannot justify. I know the plan inside and out, I need to make it work on my own. 

I will continue to work on making small changes that will eventually add up to big results. In addition to focusing on balance this year, I am also working on all things in moderation. Eat healthy, workout, enjoy indulgences from time to time, and take care of myself. I can also help hubby with this as he starts a weight loss challenge of his own. Taking care of myself will carry over to taking care of us. 

 

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At some point, I will get on a scale. But for now, I am focusing on how I feel rather than what the scale says. 

 

Would you like to join me? Share your small victories on Instagram and use the hashtag #celebratesmallvictories – comment on this post and leave me your Instagram name so I can follow you if I’m not already. 

5 Comments

  1. I totally agree it’s about the small victories! Every day is a new day..keep it up! :) And feeling strong is way more important in my mind than being a certain weight!

  2. I’ll definitely join you in the IG world! I’m @lazgirlruns. It’s been hard for me because I’m more of an “instant results” type of person, so I’m trying to celebrate the small things (recently- a really awesome crow pose in yoga) that I’ve accomplished.

    In the case of your weight gain- it may be muscle. RUnning 26.2 is no joke and you probably developed awesome quads if you didn’t have them already! I’ve gained 15 lbs since running and am at my heaviest but feel the best I’ve felt in my entire life.
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  3. It is always about the small victories and ultimately how you feel overall. Not sure if you know the song Beautiful by Carole King but the first words are “You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart.” Who cares if my jeans don’t fit?…there are always yoga pants :) Thanks for sharing via #FridayShareFest and #TBB
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  4. Giiiirrrrl, you are singing my song! BALANCE! That was my word for 2015 too. (I’ll need to check out that post too.)

    But seriously, it is so frustration to train and train and train and be so darn RUNGRY and try to eat right, not over and GAIN WEIGHT. UGH. I had to scale back…WAY back on everything in my life just to figure out my direction be it life or running.

    Good luck to you! BTW…I got on the scale last week. 140 *sigh* F*** it. 😉
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  5. This post brought tears to my eyes because I realize I’ve been so busy I’m missing the small stuff and only focusing on the what is next part.

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