This week was kind of amazing for me, weight-loss wise. Not because I drank a ton of water and ate breakfast every day (I did!), but because I had a bit of an epiphany. It was an “a-ha!” moment that was also kind of a “well, duh!” moment – but it helped me gain confidence and kept me from going off the rails.
So all of us on this weight loss/healthy living journey find ourselves in situations where our choices are less than ideal. Holiday party full of unhealthy food, road trip with fast food as the only meal option, whatever it may be. These situations always cause me to freak out. I get so focused on doing this “right” that I panic if I am in a situation where I feel like I can’t make the “right” decision. Then I either don’t eat at all, or eat way too much of everything I shouldn’t. It never ends well.
While in one of these situations this week, I had my moment. A voice in my head told me, “make the best choice you can in the situation you’re in.” I know. I KNOW. It’s so ridiculously obvious, and yet I’d been missing it for years. I can’t tell you how freeing it was to finally have this realization. I don’t have to feel guilty for having a cookie at the holiday party. I don’t have to starve through a Christmas brunch (and end up stuffing my face later). I just need to assess the situation and make the best decision available.
When I started this journey, I weighed in at 160.4 lbs. I’ve had my ups and downs, but this week I weighed in at 159.4! I am moving in the right direction. More importantly, I feel like I am finally learning the skills I need to make a lasting lifestyle change.