Found: Motivation

It’s been a while since I blogged, but I think I want to get back into it — if nothing else, it will document how I am doing so I stay even more accountable!

It’s been a long few months, stress has finally started to subside and now it’s time to get back in control with my weight loss. I’ve given in to my temptations a lot these last few months, which has me dealing with the same 10 pounds I’ve been trying to lose for almost a year. I really lost my motivation when I got down to 196 — it was a mix of complacency and just thinking I could go back to some of my old habits without any repercussions. WRONG!

These last few months, I think I got bored with tracking. It’s the only explanation I can come up with when trying to think of why I was not doing it. I got tired of tracking everything — especially when I was going out to eat. Of course, when you are not doing well, that is the time you really need to track, but for me, I was getting more disappointed in myself for choosing 20+ point meals, and of course, I did not want to see a negative sign in my tracker every day so I did what any person who does not want to face reality would do — I avoided it! Might also explain the lack of blog posts, too.

I decided a few weeks ago to watch Hungry for Change — and it was a turning point in my motivation. My body is not starving physically, but I am starving nutritionally. I got hubby to watch the movie and we both took away a lot of valuable information from it. We bought a decent juicer at Target to begin our foray into juicing and it’s been a good experience. I am not juicing to lose weight, replace meals or to find some miracle fix to my health — I am putting more fruits and vegetables into my body that I have in years.

The movie also made me realize how many chemicals or preservatives we eat — sure, some are necessary to preserve foods so they withstand transport or grocery store deliveries, but I need to stop filling my cupboards and pantries with foods that have an ingredient list a mile long. I want to eat cleaner, fresher food — basically shop the perimeters of the store and eat mostly proteins, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Cue, Simply Filling. I think switching to this plan is exactly what hubby and I both needed to feel better and get a renewed sense of motivation on Weight Watchers. We have the power foods list printed out and will be attempting to eat as many foods off the list as possible. This first week on that plan has had some successes (we actually discuss during/after eating if we are filled) and some not so good moments. Dining out is a little shaky right now as we try to get into a routine with hubby’s new job.

Finally, we went and signed up for memberships at L.A. Fitness again. It’s been about 6-7 years since we had memberships, and even though we have a small gym at the apartment, we have been wanting the amenities of a gym for a while now. I really want to do weekly classes and then sit in the sauna, while hubby wants to start lifting weights and lean out.

I think we finally got a new wave of motivation and living a mile from the beach doesn’t hurt either! Being surrounding by bathing suits and amazing weather means I need to kick it up a notch!

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