Day 4: Boundaries, Not Diets

I am a huge fan of Weight Watchers, in case you didn’t guess. I might not always do what I am supposed to do, but Weight Watchers works when you work it. The program helps you drop weight, but I don’t look at it as a diet program — it’s re-training me to get away from the processed foods and crap that got me where I am today. That’s not to say that I can’t enjoy foods that are “bad” for me.

I can eat In ‘n Out if I want. I can go out to dinner for date night — nothing is off limits. Weight Watchers is about helping you make healthier decisions, get more active and live a healthy, happy lifestyle. Sometimes, life happens. You want to eat a huge slice of chocolate cake, you enjoy too many buffalo wings at the Super Bowl party or you go on vacation and want to indulge in all of the local foods. Even though Weight Watchers makes it possible to enjoy these things by swapping Activity Points or Weeklies, I am the first one to admit when I have a bad day I don’t immediately dust myself off and get back on the wagon.

One bad meal makes me feel guilty, I don’t track, then I don’t track the next meal because why should I, I already went through all my weeklies, and then it just becomes a cycle. I tend to be an all-or-nothing person sometimes and that is much of my problem. Instead of shaking off a meal and moving on, I dwell on it — allowing that one meal to set off a chain reaction of more bad decisions.

Today’s topic in the 100 Days of Weight Loss is Boundaries, Not Diets — and if we are trying to lose weight, chances are we are following some sort of tracking/calorie counting plan like Weight Watchers, My Fitness Pal or whatever else is out there. This topic was really insightful to me because it says to look at my weight loss plan as a road and the journey with boundaries. As I am going along on my plan, I can adjust the boundaries — some days I will be super strict with my points and other days I will want to enjoy a burger or dessert with my additional Points Plus Values. Adjusting the boundaries as I go will make sure that I never “fall off” but I will stay on the path through my journey.

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Using the idea of boundaries also helps me focus on the big picture instead of numbers on the scale or unrealistic timelines. Adjusting the boundaries also gives me an element of control over my success!

Are you super strict with your weight loss plan or do you allow flexibility? 

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2 thoughts on “Day 4: Boundaries, Not Diets

  1. I have found that the more lenient I am with my allotted calories, the easier it is for me to fall off the wagon. When I am eating a “Big” meal, I tend to plan the rest of my day around it to allow for it.

    Great post. I can totally relate.

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