No matter our lot in life, I do believe we all have the power to make choices.
Some choices [i.e., college; organic living] might be dependent upon our socioeconomic status. Other choices might be based on willpower and/or education [i.e., weight loss; financial budgeting]. And of course there are choices we make because of our faith, our values, etc.
Bottom line: though I believe fate shapes the initial course of our lives, I very much believe in free will. It’s how I recovered; I believed in myself and made the decision to stop the ugly behaviors … and did.
But I’m far from perfect (and, in fact, no longer strive for such an unattainable goal).
As someone who knows all about making healthy choices and feels blessed to have the financial power to purchase said healthy choices … I have a confession to make. No, no, I’ve not returned to any ugly behaviors … but I’ve been making THE crappiest food choices the past few weeks.
And the worst part? I have no one else to blame but myself.
It’s not emotional eating; I’ve never been happier.
And I’m journaling everything I eat … going over by about 20-25 Points a week [Note: this is above and beyond the 49 extra Points everyone on WW gets …]
I’m just in this sad stage of not caring … and it’s not good. Truthfully, I’ve never felt like this before; so blasé about things. And I need to snap out of it, STAT — before things go from bad to worse.
I was 0.6 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight three weeks ago and the past three weeks have just been a food-for-all … and with TOM on its way any moment now, I’m bloated and miserable and craving sweets and carbs like there’s no tomorrow.
I’m not even so worried about the scale as I am the fact that I’m a nursing/pumping mom … and I’ve had supply issues the past few weeks. Some of it is attributed to not drinking enough water, for sure. I used to be such a guzzler … now …not so much. On a friend’s recommendation I bought Mother’s Milk Tea (which “promotes healthy lactation”) so that will help, but nutrition plays a huge role in lactation.
And what’s particularly disconcerting is the choices I’m making aren’t fueling my body — or Maya — well.
For example, my idea of a breakfast as of late. If I stopped at the daily skim chai latte and banana I’d be fine (it’d be better with oatmeal, yogurt, eggs, etc, but that combo isn’t the worst thing ever) … but most days I find myself buying a decadent Incredible Bar from a local coffee place and nibbling on it before tossing the rest. One, it’s a waste of money and two, it’s a huge waste of Points I could be using on something that will fuel me well.
And though one indulgence didn’t used to set me into a downward spiral, now, once I make one unhealthy choice, I feel like the rest of the day goes to hell.
I share this to say, it’s been an ugly few weeks.
Tonight I made a commitment to myself … I don’t want to be a self-saboteur any longer. Ultimately, it’s my choice to sabotage myself or not to sabotage myself. No one else buys the candy or Incredible Bars and puts them in my mouth; I do. And I’ve been doing it lately because I can. And that’s not a good enough reason.
I know what works when it comes to healthy eating. Meal planning and prep-cooking have always been my methods of choice and I need to look back to them so I can forge ahead. It’s not just about me anymore; it’s about Maya.
The milk I make for her needs to be good stuff … and right now, I can’t say that it is.
I’m making the choice to do all I can to reverse that. Wish me luck …!
How about you? How do you snap out of a funk like this?