The choices you make should be a conscious decision

My first day at Weight Watchers Feb 2017

I was at my weekly Weight Watchers meeting on Wednesday and I was disappointed as I was sure I was going to lose two pounds, but I put a pound on.

Our coach, Cathy, whom I’ve known for a good few years now, was speaking about our mindset. It’s all true. If we’re in a negative frame of mind we tend to veer off our plan and eat and drink poorly.

My issue is portion control and drinking wine! My mindset is all about making sensible choices and planning.

I wrote a blog post a while back, 10,000 steps to healthy which was about my mission to do 10,000 steps a day. Making myself be more active certainly has helped me on my journey to better health. Not only have I lost weight but I’m also shaping up and taking the opportunity to use walking as part of my work routine, helping clear my mind and focus.

I wonder how many steps Eddie does if I do 10,000?!

Me, now. Almost a stone and a half lighter.

The point is, if we have a mindset where we aren’t making conscious decisions or, we consciously make a decision and don’t deal with the impact, then we’re not really in it to win it.

I used my Mum as an example at WW this week. She’s got no willpower. She’ll go to Scottish Slimmers, lose weight, then go on holiday, not think about anything she’s eating or drinking and put all the weight back on, then say she’s not going back to SS because she’s fat!

So your mindset does matter. It matters all the time. If you decide to have a blow out one day, then fine, but you need to remember it was your decision and you’ll need to get straight back on ‘the plan’ the following day.

Planning is also important. Planning your meals for the week, planning ahead if you’re going out for dinner, what’s on the menu that you can happily eat and even adapt? Don’t be scared to ask for a salad instead of the side of chips!

All this said, I’m sitting in Caffe Parma in the west end of Glasgow, a regular place for me to come and work and drink its great coffee, having ordered eggs florentine (poached eggs on toasted muffin, wilted kale and hollandaise sauce). Apart from the hollandaise it’s not bad, but as it’s between breakfast and lunch, I’ll skip lunch.

I’m out for dinner tonight with the in-laws for Gregor’s Dad’s birthday, but I know if I have two courses and stick to meat and veg, I’ll be fine. I’ll have a couple of glasses of wine, but nothing crazy.

Sometimes just hearing about other people’s experiences can help. No-one is alone in lifestyle changes and choices and I find that the group at Weight Watchers is good for listening to how other people are changing their mindset and eventually, their lives.

One lady has given up sugar. Before, she could hardly walk five minutes, now, she’s doing 10,000 steps a day! Just one change can make a difference.

I’m pleased with my gradual weight loss and I’m still able to go out and have a great time with friends and family knowing the choices I make will have either a positive or negative impact on my mission. I still have a way to go to be the weight I want to be, but I’m getting there. I still look at the television when I’ve been on, or if someone screen grabs me, and I think “yes, you are still too big and you’d look much healthier if you lost more weight”.

What’s your stumbling block? What will your next choice be?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on lifestyle choices and mindset.  Please use the comments below to tell me.

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