“If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you always got”
That mantra has been rolling around in my head for a couple of weeks now. I first heard it when I was in the middle of my 5th journey with Weight Watchers, the journey that finally resulted in my reaching my weight goal and achieving Lifetime status. That was a long time ago, now.
This quote is so accurate. And it is one of the keys to success. Doing something different….making changes, the kind of changes that become habit, is key to success. And necessary.
I have been on a rollercoaster journey the past few years… up… down…. topsy-turvey……. It has been a difficult journey at times.
A couple of months ago, a group of ladies and I started meeting virtually each week and in person once a month, to support each other on this journey and to discuss various topics. Our own support group and accountability group. Boy have I missed them and meeting as a group.
Through this group and our discussions I realized my why, and how to keep it close (more on that soon) and I revisited “the basics” that help on this journey. You know, ALL those things I used to do and the things I KNOW work for me.
But I was still stuck. Up and down and all around…… I just wasn’t getting anywhere.
And then my husband and I went on vacation. A 3 week roadtrip…. 4100 miles driven….. 6 states…… lots of family and long-time friends visited….. and GREAT food (especially in San Francisco!).
Yes, on vacation. I told myself that I was NOT going to gain. I had a plan. I packed healthy snacks. I prepped the cooler and loaded drinks and fruit. I was ready. But I had been on vacation before. And I knew what happens….
Well…. something was different this time. The long hours on the road led to long discussions with my husband. And my desire to reach my goals and my reminder of my why were strong…. Very strong. So….
I did not deprive myself because saying no and deprivation would only backfire. So, I had a few cookies over the days in San Francisco…. Amazing cookies my son made for us. I had sourdough bread, and pastries and pasta and croissants and so much more. I had dessert in WA. I had burgers, fish and chips, wine and beer.
And I maintained.
I go back to the quote at the beginning of this post— I did not do what I always did. I stopped telling myself that tomorrow was another day, so what I was eating today wouldn’t matter (because tomorrow NEVER comes and it DOES matter). I shared meals with my husband. I ate half of my meal. I listened to my body instead of my head and that made a HUGE difference. When I was full I turned down dessert. After dinner I stopped eating. I didn’t buy soda and chips and candy bars for nighttime snacking in the hotel rooms.
I DID something DIFFERENT.
In order to get a different outcome, we have to stop doing the same things we have always done. And that is HARD!! Very HARD!!
Doing what we have always done, doing the same thing is comfortable. It keeps us in our comfort zone and then we end up with the same result.
In order to get that different result we HAVE to do something different- just ONE thing will make a difference. Something outside that comfort zone.
That is what helped me maintain on my trip and what has helped me to lose 3.4 lbs in the week after returning home. I am just doing things different. Getting out of my comfort zone.
What are you doing that you have always done, but it is holding you back and keeping you stuck? What is one thing you could do different today? Just one thing!