Are your scales going up or are they going down? Is that muffin top (or beer belly) getting bigger or is it getting smaller? Do you have a goal weight? Do you have an exercise plan? Have you exercised at least 5 days this week? Are you writing down the calories for all the food you are eating each day? Is your pantry full of bags/boxes/cans of food that you know are not healthy or that you binge on? Is your refrigerator stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables? Do you care?
In short, are you being honest with yourself when it comes to losing weight? Yesterday almost got away from this weight watcher before she realized that she had not entered all the food she had eaten for the day (forgot about the food samples at Trader Joe’s). And as she did that, the thought occurred: How does anyone know what their progress is if they aren’t keeping track of what they eat? (This is obviously not for people who do not have to lose a pound.) Yes, we all stray occasionally and are not perfect.
As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So it all boils down to: Are you really serious about losing weight? Are you following any plan? Are you practicing skills that will make you successful in losing weight, such as those mentioned in Dr. Judith Beck’s The Complete Beck Diet for Life book?
My mother, God rest her soul, always reminded us that “Actions speak louder than words.” To that you can add, for weight watching purposes, and “Thoughts are not action.” You can think all day about how much weight you want to lose, or that you will lose weight by the time of your high school reunion, or that you want to fit exercise into your daily schedule (but just can’t/won’t), or a myriad of other “thoughts” about losing weight. Until you put them into action, you might as well tell yourself, “Ain’t gonna happen.” Remember, there is no Plan B.
If losing weight has become a nightmare struggle for you, please check out the books by Dr. Judith Beck. They have been a life jacket for this weight watcher, and the weight lost thus far in nearly a year has not been gained back.
FOR THOSE IN ALBUQUERQUE: The Albuquerque library has Dr. Beck’s books. But warning–once you check them out and read them, you will want to head over to Borders or Page One to purchase them for your personal use.