More healthy 2021: Laura Is Discovering Motivation in Her ‘Why’


This submit seems as a part of our More healthy 2021 collection, by which we comply with three WebMD crew members as they attempt to enhance their well being this yr. You may comply with their journeys here.

By Laura J. Downey

I’m not good. As a lot as I prefer to cross each T and dot each I, I make errors. And this previous week, I made some meals decisions that I classify as BIG errors. So proper now, I’m feeling unhealthy for the alternatives I made. It’s because once I weighed in at my common WW (previously Weight Watchers) assembly this previous Saturday (which I attend recurrently since shedding over 20 kilos a pair years in the past), I gained 1.6 kilos. Sure, even with all of you cheering me on, I didn’t do what I advised myself I used to be going to do — stick with my plan of including extra greens and water to my eating regimen and chopping again on refined sugars. Though I did add some greens, I didn’t drink sufficient water, ate a scrumptious white chocolate bar, and devoured nachos at dinner with a pal one evening.


I used to be about to enter a downward spiral (eat an enormous breakfast — grits with additional cheese, bacon, and scrambled eggs! — at one among my favourite eating places), however then I reached out to a WW coach for assist. I drove previous the restaurant and went to the grocery retailer to select up strawberries for a morning smoothie as a substitute. The coach advised me I made the correct choice by choosing a smoothie. She inspired me to take what I find out about this previous week and switch it into future optimistic outcomes. Then one thing clicked.

I remembered my “why.” Why I’ve dedicated to this path to wellness. You see, my dad’s mother and father died from coronary heart assaults of their 60s. My mother’s mom died from diabetes and my mother’s father died from a coronary heart assault; each have been of their late 60s. And my sister, a 6-foot magnificence, has struggled with selecting the right meals for herself over the previous few years. I might blame my overeating on my household, however all of us have decisions to make.

In Saturday’s WW assembly, somebody mentioned, “I made a decision to cease making excuses.” That hit dwelling with me. Typically I make excuses simply so I can get my approach. Different occasions, I make excuses as a result of it permits me to be lazy. For instance, I can attain for a bag of my favourite kettle corn as a substitute of taking half-hour out of my day to make a wholesome dinner.

Both approach, a number of that is psychological. The WW coach mentioned to me, “Typically we want the unhealthy outcomes so we are able to see how we are able to get the great outcomes.” Effectively, I undoubtedly wanted these unhealthy outcomes. I’m going to provide it one other go this week. There’s additionally part of me that’s freaking out internally as a result of that is the week I am going again to high school. I’m engaged on a second grasp’s diploma, which implies there are many books for me to learn and a number of other papers to put in writing. Translation: I’m going to need to snack whereas studying and writing. However the plan is to take issues in the future at a time. Really, if I’m being trustworthy right here, I’ll must take every little thing one alternative at a time.

The day after I ate these nachos, I discussed it to my colleague Bill Kimm, who’s on this journey with me. He mentioned, “No guilt — nicely, perhaps for a cut up second!” So now that I’ve confessed, I’m transferring on. Again to engaged on being a greater me, dropping the justifications and the destructive mindset, and remembering my “why.”


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