Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I am off the diet.

Well Memorial day weekend came and went and there were beers and grilling and a doughnut or two and a few other miscellaneous things that are not going to contribute to my success on weight watchers. You know what, I am ok with it this time. It was a Holiday weekend. I indulged but did not over do it like I would have in the past. I do not have the guilty feeling I would have had 6 weeks ago. 6 weeks ago I would have been upset with myself and analyzed to death where I went wrong and how I could change my behavior. Well this weekend I had a bit of an epiphany. I was on a diet 6 weeks ago. I was probably on a diet up until this weekend when I realized that I can indulge, even for a weekend, but not over do it. Then I just need to get back to my healthy ways as soon as possible. It was funny how it hit me. I was just kind replaying the weekend in my head and I came to realize that I was never angry with myself for making unhealthy choices. I know how I got to the weight I was at and I know how I have lost 72 lbs. I never want to gain again, but if I do, then I can accept it and move forward. I am not on a diet any longer. I know that I can make a decision on a Saturday that will not effect what I do on Monday. It is a pretty empowering feeling to know that you now have the reins and are more in control. I will obviously continue with weight watchers. I just feel like I am beginning to see the "its not a diet" bit that they preach.

I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday. I will see you this evening with a weigh in update.


amy said...

What great words!!!! THank you!

Kathy said...

That is the realization that has kept me going on this journey for 2 and a half years now. I knew that I would never survive a diet that long, but making daily improvements and giving myself permission to "fail" and then continue on as though nothing has happened has paid off in the long run.

Alex said...

Excellent realization! I'm getting there too. I indulged this weekend as well, but I'm not beating myself up over it because I'm eating right today and tomorrow and the next day, etc.

It's completely unreasonable to expect to never enjoy the bounty of a Memorial Day again. I'm not going to live my life that way.

Inspirational as always, Matt!

noelle said...

Great post!!! I am in that place of maintaining just by eating the foods I know I should MOST of the time, and letting little treats in every once in a while.

It's such a different mindset, but I love it.

TB--Milwaukee said...

You're never "off plan" on WW. As long as you are always thinking about the better choice and living the lifestyle, it's all good!

anita said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I just met goal on 2 weeks before Memorial Day and I have not had a gain the entire time but then on the Tuesday after Memorial Day I gained .6 lbs. I felt like such a failure till I read your blog. Now I realize it's not about each weigh in it's about the lifetime journey. I was in control or it would have been alot more than .6 and now it is also time for me to get back to my healthy ways instead of thinking "oh well a gain just blew it anyway". You are a real encouragement.