OMG Rebellion!

And I’m not talking about being slightly off-plan.

This was full on hardcore rebellion, which we hadn’t really done until this last weekend. Oh, we’ve indulged on a special weekend out of town. We’ve been neglectful in our tracking. We’ve even consciously made bad decisions for a meal or two.

This weekend, though? It was pure Weight Watchers anarchy.

We blame the three-day weekend turned into a four-day weekend by a family wedding. “Four BBQs and a Wedding” doesn’t just sound like a terrible spoof movie title. It’s a reality tv diet nightmare. You see, when you have a weekend longer than your workweek, the natural (while certainly not good) inclination is to just blow the whole week.

And that’s exactly what we did. We didn’t just skip tracking while trying to make somewhat good decisions. We actively made terrible decisions. Like pizza… pan pizza…. twice. Seriously. And that was far from all.

It’s like we suddenly let loose with our food decisions. Nothing was off limits, so we ate things we literally hadn’t eaten in years, not just the things we’ve cut out since starting Weight Watchers eight months ago.

But you know what? Considering we haven’t gone on hardcore rebellion in the eight months since we started this thing, we’ve actually done quite well. Do you know why most people don’t stick with a diet or lifestyle change past a few months? Because they have that rebellion much, much earlier and it erases their effort. They give up and go back to the way they were living or worse. They feel discouraged, like a failure, and they no longer believe it’s worth the effort. They never go back to the meeting or their scale at home to face up to the decisions they’ve made and the consequences their bodies suffer.

We did.

We’ve been on this journey long enough to realize the downfall of letting one bad weekend turn into a bad week and bleed over into the others. Especially if you don’t step back on the scale and admit to yourself what you’ve done. It’s brutal, but honesty often is.

We walked into our meeting fully expecting to gain.

And we did:

  • Jason: +1.6
  • Jenny: +2.4
  • Team total: +4.0

Was is as bad as it could (should) have been? No, but it was bad enough. It was bad enough that not only do we not want to repeat it, we want to get it back off as quickly as we can. Overall, the food wasn’t worth it. I knew that, but I ignored it.

When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter that we gained or that we blew the week. It doesn’t matter as long as we GET RIGHT BACK ON IT! I’m determined not to be one of the many who let a major setback derail them entirely. I’m not going to gain back everything I’ve lost.

It just isn’t worth it.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Psynister
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 08:52:56

    However, we did manage to take the dogs for a walk this weekend. Exercise is something we’ve been pretty bad at so at least that was a step in the right direction.

    All in all, I’d say we did fairly good for how completely anti-plan we ended up going over the whole week. Also, we might have made some really bad choices for our meals, but we didn’t have nearly the amount of junk snacking that we’ve done in the past while pretending to be good on our meal selection.

    The big thing to remember here though, is that in all forms of weight loss it should never be a simple matter of win/lose. The result of a single weigh-in doesn’t matter. Successful weight loss isn’t based on how quickly the pounds come off or how many times they jump back on; the only thing that matters is that you get back on track and continue pushing on down that road until you find success.

    We’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – Weight Watchers isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. Old habits are like annoying relatives, they come and visit from time to time, usually at the worst time possible, but though we’ll suffer their presence for a short while you need to send them packing as soon as possible. 😉


  2. Elizabeth McLatchy
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 09:44:17

    This makes me more proud than ever of you two! It’s so very true getting back on the horse is the hard part. It’s not just weight loss but an increase in character through discipline, forgiveness and determination. I’m trying to improve thanks to you!


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