One of the hardest things in life we need to learn is honesty. This honesty transpires to every aspect of our lives. If we cannot be honest with ourselves, then who can we be honest with? If we lie to ourselves, who will tell us the truth when we need it the most? How can we ever know the truth if we lie to ourselves all the time? When we over-eat, we can either admit what we have done or deny it ever happened. When our pants get too tight we can chose either to believe that the washer shrunk them or we have to face we have not been eating properly. When we are fighting indigestion on a more frequent basis, we can either chose to make dietary changes or take increased amounts of medications to settle our stomachs. How were choose to look at things determines our “personal” honesty.
When we want to lose weight, we have to make some tough choices appropriate life changes to accomplish the goals we choose to set. Once we have chosen goals, we must make an action plan to reach those goals. An action plan might look like this:
My Ten-Step Action Plan for Success
- Plan out my meals and snacks each day.
- Research what proper portion sizes for all types of foods.
- Keep an accurate record of everything I eat and portion sizes.
- Weigh and measure my food to insure I am getting proper portions.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables each day.
- Increase the amount of movement I get each day.
- Incorporate healthy fats into my foods daily.
- Have at least two dairy servings a day.
- Take a multi-vitamin every day.
- Drink at least 8 glasses (8 ounces each) of water each day.
If these ten items sound familiar, they should if you are a Weight Watcher! One of the basics of Weight Watchers is to track/record everything you eat, the amount and the points plus value. Honesty about what and how much you are eating is essential to the program and your personal success. “Fudging” about what and how much you have eaten in your tracker, only hurts you. There is an expressing “your body keeps an accurate record of what you eat, no matter what you write down.” You can write down that you only had one doughnut but your body knows you ate six and the scale will reflect the six doughnuts not one.
Once you have set up your action plan, the next step is to follow it every day. Some days will be better than others. Some weeks will be better than others, but that is ok as long as you keep trying. You will not fail unless you choose to quit. Sometimes even quitting is not final, sometimes it is only temporary. Life can get in the way, there are things we can control and things we cannot. How we choose to react to the things we cannot control will help determine your success. Set your strategies.
My Success Strategies (planning for the unexpected)
- Always have healthy snack choices on hand in your desk drawer.
- Keep some quick meal choices in both the pantry and freezer.
- Keep your refrigerator stocked with great choices of fruits and vegetables.
- Keep a variety of lean meats in your freezer.
- Plan for the possibility of eating out; select 3 or 4 local places where you know the menu choices and their points plus value, so you can be successful when you choose or have to eat out.
- Make a grocery list and stick to it (this helps your budget as well!).
- Focus on whole foods.
- Eat fewer processed foods.
- Prepare my own foods when possible.
- Study foods and know the best choices in many categories.
No matter how much life gets in the way, do not give up. Keep moving forward toward your goals. You are worth it.