Being on a weight loss journey is 100% personal. It’s about what you’re personally putting in your mouth, how you’re personally burning calories, and the only one who can do it for you is… YOU!
If you try to do it alone, it can be a lonely and difficult trek. That’s likely why so many of us opt for personal consultations (like I received through Jenny Craig) or group meetings, and why so many people find a partner-in-crime to go through the process with.
For me, my support system has been CRITICAL to my success! Not only did I lean on my Jenny Craig consultants over the years, but I also leaned on my friends! Beth and I would talk about how things were going every day on my way home from work. Natalie was the BEST at encouraging me to do things (like go to the gym!) and to not do things (like eat something that wasn’t worth it!) Donna and Angela were amazing at cheering me on every step of the way and celebrating those awesome milestones. My friend Deb was great about inviting me on hikes and healthy cookouts. I absolutely couldn’t have done it without them!
Because I always try to make sure that NTTC is a place where I describe my REAL experience with weight loss… I’m about to share with you where I’m at.
For the past week since I’ve been home from California, I’ve been trying to get things back under control and (full disclosure) I’ve been having a hard time.
Throughout this crazy summer of travel, I’ve been to banquet dinners, western cookouts, cocktail hours… and through all these events, I’ve introduced some decadent foods back into my life by virtue of them being the only options on the menu. I’ve eaten WAY outside of how I normally eat.
For my eating style, once I start eating things that are more decadent… it’s more challenging to remove them from my life. I unfortunately start justifying their existence. I find myself needing something sweet and looking for the best option at the gas station. Yesterday, it was Fat Free Fig Newtons. I find myself enjoying cornbread with dinner, because I’m hungry. Even things like eating full fat salad dressing… it contributes to the problem as well.
So, that’s where I’m at right now. I want snacks. I want chips. I want to eat a second serving. And, this is so not what I’m used to, nor where I want to be. Yes, I know what you’re going to say. Everyone likes to throw out “Everything in Moderation.” When you don’t moderate well, you need a plan. I don’t moderate well.
So, yesterday… I hit that reset button again. And, I’m starting something different, yet something familiar and comforting that brought me success in the past: I’m reaching out to folks for help and accountability.
My first stop this morning was to Jenny Craig to pick up food, and to chat with one of the consultants Crystal. I explained to her that I was having a hard time, and she offered support and encouragement (and referred me to this funny video for ideas.) And, I’ve got a freezer full of delicious Jenny Craig food that I’ll be eating all week…
Later, I posted my dinner on the NTTC Instagram and shared with y’all that I’m going to start posting my meals for a while.
Now, I know that if I were to post every meal on my NTTC Instagram, it would drive most of my followers crazy. So I’m going to tweet more than post pictures… so as not to overwhelm you guys. I plan to use the hashtag #TweetWhatIEat, so expect to see these posts popping up.
Also, I reached out to my friend Angela and told her I plan to text her everything I eat for the next two weeks. Everything, Angela. So this means, if I’m thinking I can get away with late night popcorn with hot sauce (like I ate last night)… she gets a text.
Lastly, I’m sharing what’s going on here on NTTC… that’s always the most defining part. Once I tell you guys, I feel like my plan is written in stone and it shall be.
And, because this journey is 100% personal as I mentioned… this is what I’m trying this week. If it doesn’t work, I’ll make the decision to course correct next week. Ultimately, I just want to get back to normal.
I’m determined. I’m doing this. I’ve worked too hard to not get back on track.
How do you get back on track when you’ve gone astray?