When Is It Time to Give Up?
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
My story is not unique. I have been overweight since the age of ten and I am now 56! I lost weight in my 20's using medically supervised diet pills. I regained that weight with my first pregnancy. I lost weight again following Weight Watchers but regained that and more after my second pregnancy. My children are 34 and 25. For the last 25 years, every New Year, every summer (I'm a teacher).....every MONDAY, I resolved to lose weight! I've read, I've researched, I've blogged, I've shopped, I've planned, I've shared, I've discussed, I dreamed, I've hoped, and I've prayed about losing weight.
I have been here on SparkPeople for 6 years and have witnessed amazing weight loss! As the summer ended I prepared to return to work and I was at my highest weight EVER! I have had the support & encouragement of my Spark friends and teams, yet I felt like it would never be me. I tried again this summer. I know what to do and what not to do, the problem was doing for more than a week! The only thing stopping me was me! Then I was on Facebook and a colleague who struggles with weight posted she had lost weight thanks to Weight Watchers. While I happy for her; I was envious too. Why can everyone else do it and not me!!! What is wrong with me? I thought about joining Weight Watchers but knew I had joined many times before and just wasted my money because I didn't follow the program. Yet I knew I need to do something.
It was the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. I looked online and found that there was a meeting at 9am on Sunday. Perfect! I could go to the meeting and then be to church by 10:30! I told myself just give it a month. That's what I did! That is what I continue to do every week! I have lost 29 lbs so far. I have a long way to go, but for the first time in 25 years, I feel hopeful and no confident that I can do this! What is different this time? ME!!
When I make a poor choice I get back on track. I eat more vegetables and fruit then I ever have and most of all I focus on how good it feels to have success. I want to keep this feeling going!
So the answer to the question, When is it time to give up?