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"You can have the results you say you want, or you can have all the reasons in the world why you can’t have them. But you can’t have both. Reasons or results. You get to choose."


Susan Carlson

Sunday, February 21, 2010

What if you go off track?

Again apologies if I am reblogging!  I read something that 'inspires' a blog and I just go for it!
Everyone has different approaches to going off track.
I have gone off track many many times in my WW attempts.  So I have tried to learn what works and doesn't work for me.


Firstly what DOESN'T work for me:
  • Beating myself up
  • Calling myself names
  • Indulging in guilt
  • Trying to 'make up' the indulgence in the following days
All of these tend to make me feel like:
  • I don't deserve to lose weight
  • I am a failure so I may as well give up
  • In my case trying to 'make up' the indulgence has a very specific response:
    • I feel like I am punishing myself
    • I feel 'deprived' at a time I am usually very vulnerable and emotional and need to remind myself just how much food I can enjoy on WW
The end result is usually me staying off track


What DOES work for me:
  • Learning from my detour
    • Why did I go off track?
    • What could I have done differently
      • In the lead up
      • At the time
  • Drawing a line under that day and going back to my allocated points allowance the next day
  • Forgiving myself
  • Reminding myself that
    • I am human
    • I am on a lifelong journey, not a race
    • That 1 bad day out of 7 is much better than 2, 3, 4 etc
    • That before WW I would 'indulge' daily not occasionally

This usually results on me getting right back on track.
What works for you?

2 comments:

cmoursler said...

yup yup and yup.
No sense beating yoruself up and wallowing in it or trying to exercise it off.
it doesn't work.
You are right.
Good job on figuring all that out.
I think you are on your way.

Molly said...

I usually take some days off of exercising, because when I'm tired I tend to slack off in all other areas. After a good rest I'm ready to get back to business.

have fun on your trip!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

What if you go off track?

Again apologies if I am reblogging!  I read something that 'inspires' a blog and I just go for it!
Everyone has different approaches to going off track.
I have gone off track many many times in my WW attempts.  So I have tried to learn what works and doesn't work for me.


Firstly what DOESN'T work for me:
  • Beating myself up
  • Calling myself names
  • Indulging in guilt
  • Trying to 'make up' the indulgence in the following days
All of these tend to make me feel like:
  • I don't deserve to lose weight
  • I am a failure so I may as well give up
  • In my case trying to 'make up' the indulgence has a very specific response:
    • I feel like I am punishing myself
    • I feel 'deprived' at a time I am usually very vulnerable and emotional and need to remind myself just how much food I can enjoy on WW
The end result is usually me staying off track


What DOES work for me:
  • Learning from my detour
    • Why did I go off track?
    • What could I have done differently
      • In the lead up
      • At the time
  • Drawing a line under that day and going back to my allocated points allowance the next day
  • Forgiving myself
  • Reminding myself that
    • I am human
    • I am on a lifelong journey, not a race
    • That 1 bad day out of 7 is much better than 2, 3, 4 etc
    • That before WW I would 'indulge' daily not occasionally

This usually results on me getting right back on track.
What works for you?

2 comments:

cmoursler said...

yup yup and yup.
No sense beating yoruself up and wallowing in it or trying to exercise it off.
it doesn't work.
You are right.
Good job on figuring all that out.
I think you are on your way.

Molly said...

I usually take some days off of exercising, because when I'm tired I tend to slack off in all other areas. After a good rest I'm ready to get back to business.

have fun on your trip!