Turning The Light On
By Meggan Larson
I hit a new low in my weight loss journey last week! I was excited and even did a fist pump on the scale with a little “woohoo!”. I knew it had been a while since I last saw that number and I was in celebration mode. I strutted back to the bedroom to finish getting dressed and record my weight into my daily journal (and by that I mean a note on my phone that I’ve been keeping track of since last October). I decided to look back and see when the last time I hit this weight was and what I found shocked me…
I hadn’t been this weight since AUGUST! It was right before I was leaving for a week-long vacation with my family and best friend. I had done well throughout the summer staying mostly on plan and not going crazy on indulgences. I ate like garbage the entire week and gained several pounds. I knew that the week had affected my weight but what I didn’t realize was that it would continue to affect it for the next two and a half months. Ugh! This knowledge was definitely disappointing but at the same time, it felt empowering too. I now know that several days of eating junk will take me nearly three entire months to get off. I’m sorry but no amount of junk food is worth that! I’ve been going back and forth between three pounds for the entire month because I’d make an allowance here and there and gain an extra couple of pounds.
Last week I was so tempted by candy I nearly caved but for the first time in a long time, I really considered the effect of what my choices would create. If I ate the candy it would taste delicious in the moment. I would likely eat a bunch more and then feel bloated. The scale would not be kind to me the next day and likely a few days after that too. BUT! If I abstained (hear me out brain), then I would feel better about myself and likely be lower on the scale too. I fought it. I fought it with everything in me and I ate a big ol’ bowl of buttery popcorn. To my surprise and delight, I was down a full pound and a half and at my lowest weight since August.
Though it was a hard pill to swallow, I am grateful that the light has been turned on to what my choices really cost me. I hope it’s been informative for you as well!
~ 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!