Until the whole backsliding thing.
I remember it like it was yesterday. I had been doing just fine. No sugar, carbs were whole wheat, brown rice, lots of fuits and veggies...you know the drill. And then Christmas rolled around. And my dad brought his delightfully delicious so-good-if-you-don’t-eat-one-you-will-face-certain-death homemade oatmeal raisin cookies. And, wanting to avoid certain death at all costs, I ate one. And then another and then another and…get it?
Not too bad, right? Just a couple dozen cookies at Christmas. Just move on afterwards.
That bad decision led to the mother of all backslides in my world of weight loss. Little by little I slipped right back into those same old bad habits of carbs and sugar and whatever the hell I wanted to eat.
It took some time, over one year, but I put every last one of those 83 pounds right back on. And, just to make sure, I put on about 10 more. You know, for good measure.
This time around, the backsliding has not hit. And I’m down 79 pounds. I was worried for a while that the backsliding would rear it's ugly head again at some point. But now I don’t believe that at all.
What’s different this time? It’s the mindset! The mindset was absent last time but not now.
I made up my mind that this was it. That I was tired of being fat. That I was tired of avoiding going out and having fun because of my weight. That I wanted, truly wanted, to improve my health. That I wanted to be around this wild, wacky, wonderful world for many, many years to come.
And so the journey has become about health and fitness with a mindset that knows this is one sure way to a better, longer, happier life.
Is backsliding a reality in the weight loss journey? Yep. Does that mean we should just give up? Nope. We just keep on keeping on. One day at a time. And maybe, just maybe, we might even come to enjoy the journey.
This is the second day of the A-Z April Challenge. I thought I might try a theme this year and focus on health and fitness, including weight loss.
Today's letter is B and my word for the day is BACKSLIDING.