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Getting to goal, one choice at a time …


And no, even though I love the Tom Petty song, I don’t mean it in a good way.

Starting with last Friday, it’s been one of those weeks. I was all set to order a salad at my lunch meeting, but when my paycheck didn’t show up at the bank when it was supposed to (due to a server problem on the bank’s end), I got a burger and sweet potato fries instead.

Then, instead of picking myself up and getting right back on track, I kept on making terrible choices … all weekend. (There were delicious treats to eat at my plot group meeting and then my sleep schedule got whacked out and I slept most of Sunday away, sleeping right through breakfast and lunch. Then I had a salad and Lean Cuisine for dinner, but the sodium content was through the roof.)

When I got on my home scale Monday, I wasn’t surprised: It said I was up.

So I decided to skip my WW meeting — and the not-smart choices have continued. All week long. Ugh. Shame on me.

I know better than this. I want to get to my goal weight. I want to be healthy (and happier). I want to be able to post a picture of my tracker and say “this is my last Day 1,” The way Roni did in her “Wordless Wednesday” post.

I think the real problem is that I’ve been falling back into that trap of thinking in absolutes. I’m either absolutely OP and doing great or I go off the deep end.

Yes, I know that’s not the way to make a permanent lifestyle change. I know successful losers think in terms of one meal — one choice — at a time. I know a weekend of bad choices won’t make me regain a huge amount of weight.

But if I keep letting things snowball, the scale will continue to creep in the wrong direction.

I need to get back to where I want to be, and to do that, I need to start small. I can only get to goal one step — one choice — at a time.

My first choice, starting Friday, will be to get back to basics: Journaling every bite. I’m sure I’ll find, like I always do, that I’m guilty of catastrophic thinking. I make things a lot worse than they actually are. When I think I’ve eaten something absolutely horrible, it usually turns out to have a lot fewer Points than I thought.

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This entry was posted on July 2, 2010 by in Introspection and tagged , , , .

Losing weight is easy …

... if you're in a coma, maybe. Most of us have to work at it — every day and every minute. It's not easy to make the right choices, to drink water instead of (diet) soda, pick the grilled chicken sandwich instead of a burger or choose to get up and get moving instead of lounging around in bed. After too many months of making the wrong choices under the guise of dabbling with paleo eating, I've re-joined Weight Watchers (online). My choices may no longer be low-carb or Whole30 or paleo, but the concept is the same: I'm still getting closer to my goal weight one choice at a time.

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