I always knew that the day I made the decision to lose my weight and change the way I live had to be a lifestyle change. In previous years I would start a “diet” to get to that place so I could go back to what I enjoyed eating and drinking.
The day I started Weight Watchers I approached it like it was going to be a forever change and there was no going back. I powered through my weight loss, losing 205lbs without very many plateaus. I do recall a few weeks that it had slowed down and after reflection I had realized I wasn’t measuring or weighing my food as diligently as I usually did. That’s all it would take to get this moving again, when I look back, the weight loss part of this was fairly easy. The Weight Watchers program allowed me to still enjoy life while changing my day to day living.
When I was in the losing weight mode I almost never had baking. Baking is a huge trigger for me, I can’t help but eat it so I made a point of avoiding it and never eating it out of fear I wouldn’t stop once I started. I think it’s important to be honest with yourself, figure out what your triggers are and avoid them. Don’t use them as rewards; it just makes you want them more. I am firm believer that if you don’t eat it you won’t crave it. I recently proved that to myself. Once hitting goal and achieving maintenance status with Weight Watchers I started to allow myself the odd baked good. It didn’t take me long to realize goal weight or not, I need to avoid certain foods. I found myself craving these foods again. When I was in meetings I all of sudden had to have at least one of whatever baking was there. It was like it was all I could focus on until I finally caved in and just had one.
It was really scary that I was that easily drawn back to that way of indulgence. It was then, that I realized that no matter if you hit your goal weight or you are now maintaining, the rules really don’t change. There are just somethings that are not worth it. For me that is baking. Some of the meetings I attend, I am the one ordering the catering so now I just try to find other options like a fruit and cheese platter rather than the baking. I just know that baking is a danger zone for me. It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter how much control you can have to lose the weight, the key is to keep that control going forward beyond hitting that goal weight, this truly is a way of life for LIFE! I just keep reminding myself, it’s all about taking control. Taking control of what I do, what I put in my body, who I am as a person, and how I chose to live. I realize that there am a lot of “I”s in that statement, that’s my point, I am taking care of me by putting me first! It is the most empowering thing I have done for myself to-date.
What is your trigger food?
Do you make a point of avoiding them or do you allow yourself to indulge once in a while?