I wrote this blog post as part of a movement by Weight Watchers to encourage people to remember that loving yourself starts with taking care of your health everyday. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.
Today is exactly one month from my birthday, and even though it’s not a milestone year, I always go through a period of reflection and self-awareness around this time of year.
Last year at this time, I was in the best shape of my life. Now, I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been. So I’m reflecting. What the heck happened?
Well, here’s what happened. It’s my pattern.
I do this thing where I get super focused on being
skinny healthy and I make dramatic, drastic changes. I cut out sweets and my nightly wine, I workout five times a week, and I eat veggies and lean protein only.
After I lose the weight I want to lose, which takes 2-3 months, I let myself cheat a little bit, adding in a piece of dark chocolate here and a slab of bacon there.
Then, I become complacent, and begin eating and drinking like King Henry VIII.
Then, it’s six months later and I’m back to where I started, with a muffin top and rubbing thighs and I stay there until I get motivated enough to start the cycle all over again.
Not healthy. Not smart.
And clearly it doesn’t work. It’s too All or None and there is no longevity, plus it’s not healthy to fluctuate up and down in weight like that.
Enter Weight Watchers Simple Start.
When I was first approached to do a campaign for Weight Watchers I immediately thought they were going to ask me to count points and since I can barely help my 1st grader with her math homework I was about to run the other way. But then I learned about their Simple Start program, which is more about making small changes that lead to big changes.
They provided me with a long list of various small, simple changes I could make in my life, and I chose a few a few of them that didn’t seem too daunting or too drastic and I TRIED to stick to them. To be honest, even making small changes was hard for me since my husband was traveling for work and I was at Disneyland for a few days with my kids. BUT, I tried, and I stuck to my commitments as much as I could, and that’s what this program is all about. Making smarter choices, and taking simple steps, so that it doesn’t overwhelm.
Here are a few simple start tasks I implemented into my life:
#1 Buy something fun
Don’t laugh, I’m serious about this. One of the items on their list is to treat yourself so I decided to treat myself to something that srpuces up my workout wear so as to make me more inclined to workout. These socks help motivate me to go to my Dailey Method class and to get through it once I’m there. And they make me sing the Pharrell “Happy” song so that makes me happy. Win-win.
#2 Add some lemon to your life
This change was a combo of two items from their list, which was to eat a healthy breakfast and also add fruits & veggies. Lemons have amazing health benefits like boosting immune system, balancing your pH Balance aids digestion. They also have something called pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. So, I have been starting each day with hot water and lemon for all the health benefits above AND to help cut back on the amount of coffee I was drinking, and