Change Is Scary

Change Is HardNot all changes are scary to me; some are rather exciting.  Stepping way out of my comfort zone is not a change that I consider exciting.  Unfortunately, I tend to get very comfortable in certain situations and breaking out of them becomes incredibly difficult for me.  Eating the same foods day in and day out is one of those situations for me.

When I made up my mind that I was going to lose the weight and started Weight Watchers, I researched foods and found ones that I liked that were within an acceptable points range and I stocked up.  Of course, my daily points allowance has dropped as my weight has gone down and there are many foods that I cut out of my diet because I simple did not deem them “worthy” of the amount of points they cost me.  However, many of my favorites have stuck around and basically what that means is that for almost 28 months, I have been eating basically the same foods all of the time.  Logically I know, from the reading I do and talking to other people, that your body does not respond well to this way of eating and your metabolism sometimes needs a “kick-start” of different foods in order to keep it working efficiently.  I said, “logically” I know this.  As many of you can relate, logic is not always what you employ when you have had problems with over-eating.

For me, finding those foods that I was comfortable with and that worked for me when I was first losing weight was like finding a security blanket.  But, after a year of being basically stuck (12 lbs lost in a year feels like being stuck to me), it became painfully obvious last Friday that I needed to shed my security blanket of safe foods and see if expanding my diet will shake up my metabolism.

As promised, I started the new Weight Watchers Simple Start program on Saturday morning and I feel safe in saying, so far, so good as I am down 2 lbs today from what I was on Friday.  The program has been a stretch for me as it has forced me to eat foods that I have diligently avoided for the last 28 months, but I can honestly say that all of my meals have been delicious and satisfying.  This experience reminds me of a Bill Cosby quote that I absolutely love; “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”  How true!  I thought to myself Friday night when I was shopping for the food I needed, “Are you really going to let your fear of eating “new” foods possibly hinder your weight loss success for one more day?”  The answer to that is obviously, NO!!!  As my leader said to me on Friday, “Try it Kassie.  What’s the worst that could happen?  You aren’t going to know if it will work if you don’t try.”

Bill Cosby

I tell you all of this in hopes that you will learn from my struggle and maybe you won’t have to face the exact same issue.  Make up your mind that you want the new and improved, healthier you more than you are afraid of trying new foods and new exercises.

I feel confident and empowered this week!  If for some reason this plan does not work, at least I will be able to honestly say, “I tried.”  After all, ANY effort you put into taking care of yourself and improving your health could never be considered wasted.  Every step you take in the right direction is a good one!

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Comments

  1. Johanna B says:

    My favorite quote about change is “Amazing things rarely happen in your comfort zone.” Good post.

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