Last Saturday, I was feeling stuck. This week, things are looking up. After I posted, a friend reached out to me and offered to coach me. This friend is someone I know I can trust to be helpful, nonjudgmental, and to tell me what I need to hear. I have been following her suggestion to ignore Weight Watchers points for now and just focus on logging everything every day (I'm using LoseIt). I was down 1.8 at my last Weight Watchers meeting and more importantly, I feel more positive.
After finishing Better than Before, I decided to give The Willpower Instinct a second listen. I remembered that it had lots of practical strategies for facing challenges. The most helpful, for me, was ditching the idea of willpower challenges as a battle of good vs. evil -- I tend to get stuck in self-judgment, and it does me no good at all. That was the problem I was running into with the Weight Watchers points -- I'd get into the negatives and then I would start to feel negative. The plan is designed to create big deficits but that seems counterproductive for me while I'm training.
Things are looking up, and spring is finally here.