Sunday, August 29, 2010

Starting Over

How many of us, with all our good intentions, go astray? We win battle after battle but occasionally our passion for food gets the better of us? I truly believe that for me it will always be a struggle. There I was, just three measly pounds from my goal and then I succumbed to temptation. How easy it would be to eat myself into oblivion, gaining back all of the forty plus pounds I've lost, and then some. I swore to myself that I would never, ever do that again and this is a promise I intend to keep.

I've been bad; Dunkin Donuts bad, chocolate bad, afraid to get on the scale bad, skipping Weight Watcher bad, not going to the gym bad.

So what's a girl to do? I will get back on the bandwagon. I still fit into my still new size six clothes but my middle is bulging unattractively and I hate it. Tomorrow I begin my penance. I will throw out every temptation in my new kitchen. I will step on that scale at a Weight Watcher's meeting, I will revisit the gym and do whatever it takes to lose those final three pounds plus whatever extra I am now carrying around.

Last week I mentioned the serendipitous seating of a Weight Watcher group leader at my dinner table on the cruise I took with my mom. Well, I visited her website and here is Judy's poem called Start Over - a poem which says it all.


If you've started out in pursuit of your goal and you've really tried with all your heart and soul, but somehow things got out of control-START OVER

When you've tried your best to do what you should and you thought this time that you surely would, but once again you didn't do good-START OVER

When you've worked so hard to follow the plan's way and you fought to win a victory each day, but one more time you went astray-START OVER

When the road to success seemed much too long and each temptation was oh so strong and once again you gave into wrong-START OVER

When you've told your friends what you planned to do and trusted them to help you through and soon discovered its up to you-START OVER

When you know you must be physically fit but your hope seems gone and your stuck in a pit. That's not the time for you to quit-START OVER

When the week seems long and successes few and at weigh in time your feeling blue, remember tomorrow is just for you-START OVER

To start again means a victory's been won and starting over AGAIN means a race well won and starting over AGAIN proves it can be done, so don't just sit there-START OVER

So if you find yourself in the same dilemma, just take a deep breath, know you are not alone and - start once again! That's what I am doing.


Blubeari said...

It takes a lot of courage to do just that. Thanks for the inspiration. :-)

Debbie said...

Great poem, I am going to save it and take it with me to my next WW meeting. Starting over is hard, but you can do it. At least you did not let it get to far out of hand. :)

Reen said...

Good for you! There is always time to start again. I took a pretty significant "pause" in my weight loss journey and gained almost half the weight back before I was remotivated to return and continue.

When people ask me how long it took me to get to goal, I always says "as long as I needed" because everyone's experience is different.

You can do this!

Ms. Chunky Chick said...

Love the poem and I will be starting over with you!

midlife_swimmer said...

coming back from vacation where I ate what I wanted :) this is timely for me. I did well but even two desserts during that week felt extravagant to me.

Aylilth said...

Great poem!!!!

KKSC2NC said...

Started over two a week and a half ago....I am so glad you posted this poem. Good Luck!

Katie J said...

Thanks for sharing that with us.

Linda Pressman said...

Aren't you glad you caught it at this point now instead of later? Very smart. I find that the longer I've been a normal weight my tolerance for weight has gotten shorter and shorter. Now I can't stand to have 5 or 10 extra pounds on me - it drives me nuts (and, trust me, there are very weird hormonal things going on around here!)

I like to think I have a new "normal" than the one I used to have.

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Baseter said...

It happened to me all the time. Lost a lot of pounds, kept the diet and program for several months and then go back to the weight I was before.

I think it is time to change completely and for indefinite term.