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Weighing In: Thinking Outside the Box

Somehow, someway, after a week of just about total schedule irregularity and household chaos, I managed to lose another .8 pounds. It's a little victory and I am not about to complain. Especially not after a work dinner, two birthdays and out-of-town travel to a wedding. It was the perfect storm week and I ended up with aΒ  rainbow.

Sweet.

I'm really getting the hang of Weight Watchers and am embracing both the losses and the gains. After all, they can't all be perfect weigh-ins. It's working for me so far, and I've been excited to talk to others who have joined or been otherwise inspired by our journey.

Sean's been having a much different experience. It's tough on him. He's not completely happy with his current weight, but is also not really feeling motivated enough to add a level of discipline to his eating habits. I've worked hard to prepare meals that fall within his daily points, but it's still not working for him.

So I got to thinking...for a lot of people (maybe even most people) who are making major eating habit overhauls, it's a pretty big shock to go from doing whatever you want to being disciplined, seemingly overnight. How do you just "get" discipline? Isn't that a learned trait? So why is it expected that everyone will just be able to flip a switch and have it.

Especially in America, where food is the center of everything, and our convenient options aren't ever the healthy ones.

Sean and I chatted about it and we are going to do a little experiment in learning food discipline. He's going to make mini goals β€” like 5 pounds at a time. And once he hits a 5-pound mini-goal, he'll readjust his points for a week to just maintain. That will give him a little break, a few more points to play with, a breather before the next 5-pound goal kicks off.

My suspicion is this: after a couple mini-goals, a couple of things will happen:

  • Discipline will come more easily and the breaks may not be necessary anymore, and
  • Success will breed renewed motivation.

I don't know if it really will, but it's worth a shot.

How about you? Have you run into any stumbling blocks in your own weight loss journey that has required you to do a little rethinking? I'd love to hear how you've overcome a lack of motivation.

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