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.
A long long time ago, back when I was a mom of only one kid, I joined Weight Watchers with a coworker. I was a vigilant point-counter, filling my freezer with frozen meals that were marked with point values and looking up every fast food meal in my little book before ordering anything. Every Saturday I showed up to the meetings with my baggie of baby carrots to snack on in hopes of finding all of the answers to losing weight for good. I lost 35 pounds in the few months that I was a member.
Three kids and a lot of pounds later I find myself back in the same situation. Except it's not quite the same anymore. With four kids and a full time writing gig, plus extracurricular activities and anything else that happens to be on my schedule - well, you get the idea. I need a Simple Start. I need options that I can choose from to fit my lifestyle.
I do pretty well with healthy eating, but I hate exercising. That's why I love this program. I strive to do one thing each day. To help keep me on track I wrote the suggestions on my calendar. Even if I don't get to do that particular item on that day, I still have it in my mind and am more likely to do something.
And it worked! I did do something. Lots of things. I stepped out of my comfort zone on three different days. I moved my body, I made a healthier dinner, I exercised. I also didn't do a lot of things. I didn't drive through for breakfast after school drop-off, I didn't go to Starbucks for my favorite 500-calorie coffee drink, I didn't sit on my butt all day.
I exercised hard. And then I posted pictures of my sweaty face on the internet for everyone to see. It's been one week since my Simple Start and I'm feeling awesome. To celebrate I'm going to treat myself to a massage. Oh yeah, one of the activity suggestions was to treat yourself. This is a lifestyle I can get behind.
For week two I plan on going even harder with two things per day. Although one of those things is probably going to be taking 15 minutes to myself. And I might do that every day. I think it's a great way to recharge and keep me motivated.
Some of my other goals for my second week:
- Participate in three group exercise classes.
- Start taking walks as a family in the evening.
- Plan breakfasts/lunches for the week (not just dinners).
- Do one activity as a family (movies, sporting event, etc).
- Put my phone away between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. (Unless it rings, of course.)
Getting healthy isn't just about going on a diet and working out until you can't walk anymore. It's about constantly making better decisions. Small decisions that add up to big results. Decisions that benefit physically as well as mentally. Feeling better allows me to be a better mom and wife. And losing weight is just a perk.
What are you doing this week to benefit yourself?