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Being Honest with Myself

Friday, August 29, 2014

"A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided." - Tony Robbins

This quote is posted at my desk at work and I read it over several times a day. I am beyond tired of falling off plan over and over again. Only I have the power to commit to changing the bad habits I have. No one holds my fork but me!!

At my WW meeting on Monday evening I was sitting there listening to some of the members speak about what they are eating each day. It just hit me - how dishonest we can be sometimes when talking about how much we eat. We can easily disguise the amount by talking in POINTS instead of calories. I understand that points is the terminology of WW but...I think we can sometimes have a tendency to underestimate the number of 'points' we are eating. I know that I have done that and I'm pretty sure I am not the only one doing that. During the meeting a member (who is not losing weight) spoke up to say that she just can't eat all the 26 points a day and proceeded to give us the list of what she eats in a day (adding up to barely 15 pts). Of course people started to tell her that she needed to eat more and that is why she is not losing. You know...I sat there and listened to them all. Well, I have to say I live in the 'real world' and...if you consume less than 800 calories (approx.) a day, day in and day out - you will lose weight. It is actually starving your body and you will feel weak, lethargic and damage your overall health - but the number on the scales will go down. Yet, this lady sat there and told us that she doesn't get to her 26 points a day. It made me realize that it doesn't matter what you say to others - the one you have to be honest with is yourself..."Do you want to lose weight?" "Why are you at Weight Watchers?" I hope that when she left and went home - she will think about what she said. (I know this probably sounds judgemental on my part - but it helped that lightbulb go on above my head - so for that I thank her.) This also made me think that our WW Leaders probably hear these stories over and over...our Leader sounded so supportive - I think I might not have been so kind!

So, I guess the purpose in writing my blog about this is to say...please just be honest with yourself. None of us are perfect and if you are overweight it is because of overeating, wrong food choices, and not enough exercise - yes, that sounds harsh - but it is my truth. That doesn't mean I have to stay the way I am - but it requires an ACTION on my part to change. I am committed to being totally honest with myself. I have no problem getting to my 26 points!! I am working hard at making my portions a little smaller as I know I have a tendency to underestimate points values. In the long run - it is up to me to lose these extra pounds and that takes commitment, effort and yeah...sacrifice. I will not starve! I will feel better! I CAN make the changes required to achieve my goal.

I value my health! I value my honesty!
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    I like your blog Sunny, self honesty is very important in changing our bad habits.
    But, I do have to defend the lady who's not losing weight and under eating. Apparently under eating (not starving) causes our bodies to hold onto fat in fear of starvation so people who "think" they are being smart by under eating are only setting themselves up for disaster. I have a friend who just went through that, she was doing everything to lose weight, exercising a lot and eating healthy... but not enough. Finally someone put her on a clean eating diet which meant she had to eat more, including protein with every meal. She is finally having success. I think our society has many eating disorders, so it's not always that simple.
    2416 days ago
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    Great blog post, Gwen! Honesty with ourselves is so important!
    2416 days ago
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