I love today's WeightWatchers meeting topic:
I've had myself a pretty good pity party the last couple of weeks. I have known all along that post surgery, I might run into some weight loss barriers. Specifically, being on hormone therapy. Say it with me: bloating, water weight and by far the worst? The hunger. I haven't felt hunger like this since I was pregnant (and yes I am aware of all the irony in the fact that my hormone therapy masks pregnancy symptoms even though I can't get pregnant ever again. Ha ha. Funny joke.).
I needed the kick in the ass I got from my meeting today, confronting my barriers head on. REMINDING myself why I started in the first place.
I realize that my body has and will go through some changes. Let me tell you... this whole hunger thing? Like a bottomless, empty feeling. No matter how much I eat, I still feel as though I'm starving. It is the strangest thing ever. I'm trying to stay on plan choosing fruits and vegetables but I get so hungry and desperate, I just about grab anything that happens to be right there. I have no idea how to make that stop, so I've decided this week on plan, I am going to focus on some heavy duty protein. Eggs. Lean meats. Weirdly, the only thing that fills the emptiness in my stomach is Diet Coke.
Another thing I need to start doing is working out. I've struggled post-op. While my pain has decreased to next to nothing, the hormonal portion of recovery is doing a number on me. Cramps. Headaches. You name it, I've got it. I'd love to power through it, but when you have already been out of the loop, it is hard to get started up again when you feel great let alone crappy. TODAY is a new day though. I need to let go of my running ambition until the spring. It is starting to get dark out too early, the kid has had a horrific time going to bed at night and I am not a fan of the treadmill at this time. I need to be re-inspired. I'm thinking it is time to restart the EA Sports 9 week challenge on the Kinect. Something different and fun and will help build up my strength and endurance.
A point that hit home with me in my WW meeting today:
The Opportunity: It's hard to stop the cycle of thoughts like "I never" and "I can't."
OWN IT: Spin the negative self talk into a positive. Instead of saying "I never" say "I WILL"
I'm going to power through this rough patch. I'm not going to let it be an excuse to fail.