I absolutely adore my sister Alison. Our relationship has grown and changed so much over the years. Being 9 years apart, there were times when I couldn’t always turn to my sister for advice (she was 11 and I was 20) but now as adults, our age gap doesn’t matter.
Last night I called my sister to vent about my weight, Weight Watchers, and my workouts. I really believe in the Weight Watchers program and am feeling great on the program, but at times I feel like I’m still holding back.
Before I could say much more, my sister told me “Ashley, you need to be honest with yourself and make a list of what’s keeping you at your current weight”.
She was 100% right. There are things that are keeping me at my current weight even though I’ve made some good changes through Weight Watchers and with my workouts.
So what is keeping me at my current weight?
1. Creamer in my coffee
2. Cheese: Added to dishes and as a snack inhibitor
3. Not eating filling enough lunches
4. Not eating enough veggies
5. Eating a mini-meal before dinner because I’m hungry post work
6. Eating because I’m bored
7. Losing focus of my goals
8. Sweet and desserts
9. Eating after dinner
10. Not allowing myself to be hungry
I can not begin to tell you how helpful it was to write these out. I actually wrote them out on some colorful paper and taped them to my refrigerator.
No matter where you’re at in your journey to be healthy, I would highly encourage you to make a list of what’s keeping you at your current weight. This may mean that you have a list of healthy habits that are helping you to maintain a healthy weight. Or you may end up with a list which helps you realize the changes you need to make in order to lose weight. Either way, make a list… I promise it will impact you in a positive way!
I also decided to take some progress pictures. I have taken photos before but it has been a while. I was actually really surprised with what I saw. In all honesty, I always think I look a lot larger than my body is right now. Do I want to lose more body fat and get into better shape? You bet, but I need to remember that I’m not as big as I use to be.
My talk with my sister was so motivating and a great eye opener for me! I’ve also set a weight loss goal for January 1, 2013, as I realized that I needed to make my weight loss more of a competition with myself. I’m not going to put my goal out there just yet, but I’ll share it with y’all at the first of the year.