Staying True To Yourself
By Meggan Larson
I have a bit of a confession to make. If you’ve been following my journey for the last couple of years then you know I am always completely honest and raw with you. I’ve had a few confessionals over the many months I’ve been writing these articles and they’ll continue to be sprinkled in here and there because I am who I am. 100% honesty is so important to me and I can’t ask it of anyone else if I’m not willing to be that myself. So back to the confession ~
I’ve been using…
BBQ sauce with sugar in it. Gasp! I know, you were probably expecting a much more dramatic confession but I don’t really have one for you at the moment. What I do have is this: you’re not perfect. For the first several years of my being on plan, I prided myself on doing things perfectly. I never touched anything that had even a hint of an off-plan ingredient in it. I stayed far away from sugar, flour, and anything remotely resembling a piece of traditional bread. I patted myself on the back for my amazing accomplishments and dare I say I even felt a little superior to some of my friends who would eat the occasional bag of chips. Tut tut, I’d say to myself. That’s going to send them into a spiral.
The thing is though, it didn’t send them into a spiral. They were able to jump right back on plan and continue losing weight. I couldn’t understand it. Anytime I jumped off plan for even a bite it would send me into a month-long binge fest ending with me crying in my closet as I stuffed more cake into my mouth.
You know the old saying right? Pride comes before a…fall. I hadn’t realized how prideful I had become and I’ve spent years going back and forth in my weight until this year. I decided that doing my best was better than doing it perfectly. I decided that if I didn’t want to spend $15 on a half ounce of sugar-free BBQ sauce when I could get ten times the amount for $3 then that was okay. It’s something I eat maybe once a week anyway and at that, it’s just a tablespoon or two.
It took me years to find this kind of freedom and I wouldn’t suggest anyone just go back to buying the old products that made them fat. What I am suggesting is to just evaluate where you’re at, be honest with yourself, and know that eating something off plan once in a while doesn’t have to send you into a spiral. It really is actually your choice. Do your best to eat the things that help you lose weight, but give yourself a break every so often too.
~ Meggan 🙂
p.s. As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her five year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!