Sitting in my Thursday morning Weight Watcher‘s meeting when a friend, Annamarie, made a statement that got me to thinking….”I thought my weight loss was like recovery but it is a forever journey”. WOW!
Having been through recovery TWICE – once for bulimia and then again for drugs, this statement really was an “AHA” moment for me. If I am honest with myself, I would have to say that I probably thought the same thing. It has been a long tough journey to loose 105 pounds – with only about 15 more to go to my goal weight but I thought the end was near. I will celebrate the loss of 120 pounds despite the time it took me but unlike like bulimia and drugs – you can’t STAY away from food forever.
Bulimia was a little bit easier for me to kick but the drugs were a process.. 7 days in detox, 30 days in a residential program and then 2 years of a Narcotics Anonymous meeting EVERY DAY! Protecting my weight loss will need the same vigilance that I had in my early recovery. Instead of celebrating the weekly weight loss, I will need to celebrate the “protection” of that weight loss for 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 6 months, 1 year. My weight loss journey has been a process too. Just as I quietly celebrate my years of being clean (23 in October), I will celebrate every year that I am able to maintain goal weight. I will use the tools that I used on my JOURNEY to goal in my weight loss RECOVERY – tracking, healthy guidelines, exercise (UGH!) and weekly meetings. Unlike the rooms of NA, I don’t know if I will ever be able to walk away from my Weight Watcher family for it is with their help, encouragement and support that I have been successful on this journey.
Are you on a weight loss recovery program so that when you reach your goal you will go back to old habits? Or, is your weight loss recovery only a part of your journey to be healthy and at goal weight? Maybe it is semantics but it can effect your whole outlook on the road ahead. As for me, I am in recovery from my food addiction and unhealthy eating which continues to take me on a journey that includes meeting new people, trying new recipes and helping others to know that they are not alone in their journey to a healthy way of life.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day.