Thursday, December 20, 2012

Struggling to Stay On Plan

I'm sorry for the lack of blog posts recently! I was not expecting to fall off the grid like that! I am trying to break through my writer's block, while I write this blog post for you.

There has been a lot of sickness going around in our family. Two weeks ago, Olivia was sick. Last week, Jon was sick. After Jon, Olivia was sick again all this week. I am doing my best not to get sick, but we will have to wait and see how that goes.

On Monday, Jon and I celebrated our 6th year of marriage! I am looking forward to celebrating this milestone with Jon this coming Saturday. If you want to know more about God has used church to change our lives, please click here.

Picture 1: On our wedding day 2006; Picture 2: Olivia's baby dedication 2012

Not only that, but I have my own personal issues that I am dealing with right now. I am not going to go into too much detail right now, but these situations are extremely emotional.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because I want you to see that I am human just like you!! With all these things going on in my life, good and bad, I have fallen off of the Weight Watchers wagon. I was doing great until Monday night or Tuesday, when I just didn't have the strength to say no to food anymore.

So, this week, I have been eating because I am bored, tired, angry, worried, upset, and more.

How am I going to get back on plan today?
1. I am going to spend time with my Lord in prayer. I need to share my worries and emotions with the Lord and leave them with Him. I also need to keep scripture close to me, so that I am reminded that I have a mighty and powerful God. As I see God for who He is, it will help to put my situation into perspective.

"I can do all things through him who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13

2. I am going to get back on track today! So many people, me included, wait until tomorrow to get back on track. Do you know what kind of damage you can do in just one day? Even if I mess up a little today, I will not have blown it like I would have if I was just waiting for tomorrow. I am going to choose one part of the Weight Watchers plan to focus on today that will help me be successful, like tracking everything I eat.

3. I am going treat myself with something other than food! When life is hard, I turn to food. When life is good, I turn to food. I need to learn how to celebrate or relax in other ways. Today, I am choosing to go and get my haircut! Jon has been trying to get me to get my hair done for weeks, but I told him that I was too busy. However, a haircut is the perfect way to treat myself for all the hardwork I have been doing over these last few months. Maybe next time I will get a pedicure or take a bubble bath, because I am a priority and I need to do things that I enjoy! I will to take pictures to show you my new do tomorrow.

Thank you for letting me be honest and share with you about what has been going on in my life! This has helped me so much!

Just for fun, here is a recent picture of Olivia with our Christmas tree. She is already 3 1/2 months old!


Nancy said...

Have you been looking over my shoulder? I could have easily written this post. I've lost my focus and fallen (hard) from the wagon. This week, I've binged more times than I care to admit, but like you said, I am getting back on track TODAY.

Thanks for the honesty in your posting. It means a lot to me that others have struggles similar to mine.

Libby said...

Ugh! I am there too! The thought of gaining my weight back scares me to death! I hate how I feel when I give in and overeat:( and it doesnt matter if it's healthy is still overeating and lack of control. I will spend more time in prayer for self-control!

Marlene said...

I could also relate! My goal is to try and not beat myself up about eating right now and jump back on the wagon next week when we get past Christmas.

The Skinny on Staci said...

We are all human. And you have new challenges to face in life now that you are a mother. Being a mother is wonderful beyond measure, but it is also stressful beyond measure many times! Not to mention this time of year with treats and goodies everywhere doesn't help things out any! Merry Christmas to you and your family and Happy Anniversary, too!

nettiemac said...

Been there myself for part of the last year but I have been getting back on plan and (until the last couple of weeks) doing well. Part of my probs were health related but the rest was just me having a big old pity party, table for one! I know we can do this!!!

mrsmarkdave said...

I feel your pain! And you know what? I AM going to wait until "tomorrow". I am overridden with guilt. And my weigh-ins are causing me SO MUCH STRESS - even though my leader and receptionists are nothing less than the most encouraging and uplifting people I know. When I put "tomorrow" in quotes - I meant I'm waiting until after the holidays to return to WW. I saw my WW leader on the street two days ago. She was coming from Target. I was coming from...the local hamburger joint. She pulled up to next to me at the stoplight. Thankfully, she doesn't know my car. I was so ashamed - even though I have to reason to be. Well, I do, but she doesn't make me feel ashamed.
(Oh and yes - I DO know how much damage I can do in one day :(

-J said...

Thanks for your transparency. Been there, done that. Wait! Am there, doing that. :( I needed to hear your reminder to not wait til tomorrow, but begin again right now.

Also love your encouragement to celebrate with something other than food!

Limay :) said...

Aww I love that picture of Olivia, she is so precious! Hang in there we all go through moments like that. I've been there, and it is hard not to turn to food when life has got you down! Happy holidays!! :D

Limay Gonzalez said...

Aww I love that picture of Olivia, she is so precious! Hang in there we all go through moments like that. I've been there, and it is hard not to turn to food when life has got you down! Happy holidays!! :D

Ang said...

I love the photo! I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas! Don't beat yourself up to much. Look how far you have come and I think you look great, even though you JUST had a baby. :)

Anonymous said...

I have just found your blog and will definitely be a regular visitor. Living in England, I followed the WW ProPoints plan for almost two years and lost 56lbs. However, since being 'off plan' for the past year, I have gained back a LOT of weight! (But not all of it!) So, I've decided to get back on the wagon and get healthy again. I won't be going to meetings (I just can't face that!) and being disabled means I can't exercise, but my husband will be joining me on the plan and that will be a big help.
Looking forward to reading your posts during 2013,

Stacey said...

I just found your blog last night and spent a lot of time reading your posts. You are an inspiration to me, Jen. I lost 95 lbs following the WW plan in 2005-2006. Since then, I have struggled. I have gained over 20 lbs back. I finally joined WW and started attending meetings for the first time, after Thanksgiving this year. And I continue to struggle. This is a battle I will fight until I die. I just have to consistently find the will to keep fighting. You are in my prayers!

BEE said...

love the pics
congrats on the weight loss

and hope u guys feel better soon


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