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

Laura Downey week 2

This publish seems as a part of our More healthy 2021 sequence, wherein we observe three WebMD staff members as they attempt to enhance their well being this 12 months. You possibly can observe their journeys right 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 selections 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 ordinary WW (previously Weight Watchers) assembly this previous Saturday (which I attend frequently 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 informed myself I used to be going to do — keep on with my plan of including extra greens and water to my weight loss plan and reducing 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 buddy 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 in every of 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 choose up strawberries for a morning smoothie as a substitute. The coach informed me I made the suitable determination by choosing a smoothie. She inspired me to take what I learn about this previous week and switch it into future constructive 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 choosing the right meals for herself over the previous few years. I may blame my overeating on my household, however all of us have selections to make.

In Saturday’s WW assembly, somebody stated, “I made a decision to cease making excuses.” That hit dwelling with me. Generally I make excuses simply so I can get my means. 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 means, plenty of that is psychological. The WW coach stated to me, “Generally we want the unhealthy outcomes so we are able to see how we are able to get the nice outcomes.” Properly, I undoubtedly wanted these unhealthy outcomes. I’m going to offer 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’m going again to highschool. I’m engaged on a second grasp’s diploma, which suggests there are many books for me to learn and several other papers to jot down. Translation: I’m going to wish to snack whereas studying and writing. However the plan is to take issues in the future at a time. Really, if I’m being sincere right here, I’ll have to take every thing one selection at a time.

The day after I ate these nachos, I discussed it to my colleague Invoice Kimm, who’s on this journey with me. He stated, “No guilt — properly, possibly for a break up second!” So now that I’ve confessed, I’m transferring on. Again to engaged on being a greater me, dropping the reasons and the damaging mindset, and remembering my “why.”


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