Friday, January 3, 2014

Simple Start

Happy 2014!  Welcome back for yet another exciting first of the year blog entry!

As I started to write this entry, I looked back at the past beginning of January posts from 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Three years ago, this was my very first blog entry.

January 30, 2011
"My name is Emily and I am a food lover.  So much so, that I gained over 50 pounds in 3 years.  I went from 160 to almost 220 without so much as blinking an eye.  It's been a year since I started Weight Watchers, which was pretty much the best decision I have ever made, and I have so far lost 41 pounds.  I feel amazing and life is good, however, I still have 30 pounds to go until I am at goal.
This blog is my new incentive to begin to really reflect on this whole rollercoaster ride that is my weight-loss journey and this huge lifestyle change.  So although I am not very funny or witty, this is my attempt to share my thoughts. :)"

I looked at this post and it made me smile.  This is the beginning of my 4th year on Weight Watchers.  Four years of being aware of being healthier.  Although I have taken many steps back and am not where I want to be, I am proud of many accomplishments along the way.  I've run 5Ks, tracked for months on end, made it through gaming conventions, learned how to make healthier food, worked out 5 days a week.  Thinking back, I am proud of what I have done.  But now it's time for a change.  I think I am ready to try something different.

My mother told me that most people don't follow through on their New Year's Resolution because big change isn't just about changing a habit, it's about changing a mindset.  I think that is a huge part of my problem.  I can't just be on plan until after I weigh in on Tuesday, go crazy and eat whatever I want, and then get back on plan on Wednesday.  I need to change my mindset to understand that it is about more than "making it through".  It's about actually understanding and taking care of my body.

Weight Watchers just introduced SIMPLE START.  You don't track points but you use a list of foods to help make solid choices.  I have decided to try this for the month of January.  As scary as it is to not track points, I think this is going to help me with changing my mindset.  I think I also REALLY need something NEW to help keep me going.  Something new!

I started yesterday and it was successful.  This morning for breakfast I had cream of wheat with bananas and an egg with tomatoes!  I am feeling full and satisfied.  I don't know what is for lunch yet but yesterday I went to the grocery story and have a fridge full of food!

I am ready to take on 2014!  I am ready to try something new!  I have other hopes and dreams for 2014... most not weight related... but I am excited for the year!

I read an article that was posted on Facebook and loved these two "things to change in 2014"! I think both of these general ideas are also going to help me this year! 
Start taking full accountability for your own life. – Own your choices and mistakes, and be willing to take the necessary steps to improve upon them. Either you take accountability for your life or someone else will. And when they do, you’ll become a slave to their ideas and dreams instead of a pioneer of your own. You are the only one who can directly control the outcome of your life. And no, it won’t always be easy. Every person has a stack of obstacles in front of them. But you must take accountability for your situation and overcome these obstacles. Choosing not to is choosing a lifetime of mere existence.

Start concentrating on the things you can control. – You can’t change everything, but you can always change something. Wasting your time, talent and emotional energy on things that are beyond your control is a recipe for frustration, misery and stagnation. Invest your energy in the things you can control, and act on them now.

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