Well….. I have been doing this a LONG time…. 13 years now, not counting all my previous attempts. So, you would think I would remember… that I would know better…. But…..
Yes, I have been struggling, but I decided to start again with tracking, something I have not been consistent about for quite some time. Yesterday was pretty good. And this morning I had EVERY intention of having a great, stick-to-my-points, day.
And then this happened.
It is small…..really small…. The smallest ice cream cup a person can buy. Only 3.6 oz. Can’t hurt, right? I had a great on point breakfast and then decided to have a tiny treat….
I ate it all, which wasn’t much! And then I went to track it and wanted to check the points. It is less than a ½ cup serving, so it had to be less than the 12 smartpoints I usually track for a ½ cup of this ice cream. (note to self, this ice cream ranges from 11-15 points per ½ cup and this particular flavor is 14 smartpoints per serving).
WHAT was I thinking??? I know to ALWAYS look up the point values BEFORE eating. Oh. My. Gosh. How many times over the last 13 years have I talked about or heard about checking points before eating? Yet, I thought I knew the points without looking, it was smaller than a normal serving size after all. HA!
This little, less than ½ cup serving of ice cream was…. Wait for it….. 13 smartpoints!! 13!!! WHAT!!
So, here I am. The experienced Weight Watcher member and former coach and I figured I KNEW what the points would be without double checking. Oops! A lesson learned. A reminder to check BEFORE eating.
And a lesson in slips. They happen. We all slip. We all hit that bump in the road. We all have those “Oh my gosh” detours. And even the experienced have those moments.
But that slip is NOT failure. The bump does NOT derail everything. It is a just a moment in time. A moment on the journey that allows for feedback. It is an opportunity to learn. To realize what works and what doesn’t. An opportunity to see that sometimes on this journey we slide a little, sometimes even a lot, but it doesn’t mean we have failed and cannot succeed. We learn and we can get back on track. We move on, rerouting the journey so that we keep moving forward…. One-slip-at-a-time….. One-step-at-a-time….
That slip is just another steppingstone on the path to success!!
So, I tracked that little bit of ice cream. And combined with my breakfast, I am almost out of points for the day. The day is just starting. Good thing I have those 0 point foods to rely on today! And those extra points for the week. I have my plan for the rest of the day and this slip WILL NOT derail my progress!
This is proof that I am really on a perfectly imperfect journey! And all is still right with the world!