Emotions and Perceptions The Journey WW

It Has To Be Livable!

There is nothing either is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

~William Shakespeare

I love, love, love the holidays as much as the next gal, but boy, doesn’t it also feel really good to be back in a routine that supports our healthy habits? If you’re not there yet, no worries…… it’s only the first full week of January and you still have plenty of time!

But what I will say is…..the sooner you jump back in, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits and start feeling really, really good. Sometimes we don’t even realize how unhealthy we feel, until we make a few healthy changes and start to enjoy the results. Then (and it happens pretty quickly once we just START) it’s like a light switch was flipped and WOW!! Increased energy, less bloat, our regular clothes feel more comfortable again, a stronger sense of personal control and overall well-being are among the first indicators that WE ARE BACK!!

As you’re recommitting to your healthy plan for 2020 be sure to give plenty of thought to the livability of your plan. There are no “good” or “bad” foods. Are some foods higher in SmartPoints than others? Yep. Are some foods more nutritionally sound than others? Of course. But what happens when we deprive ourselves of the foods we love? What happens when we feel as if we “can’t” or “shouldn’t” have certain foods? For lots of us, it makes us want them even more. We use willpower to try to resist these foods. Then, eventually, the willpower runs out or another, stronger emotion/urge takes over and we find ourselves not only eating these foods anyway but also overeating them.

So what does this mean? The answer is a lot more simple than we sometimes make it. It means balance, moderation and consistency are our friends when it comes to our health and our choices. Let me say is again….balance, moderation and consistency are what allow us to turn healthy behaviors into a lifestyle we can sustain. In order to consistently live a healthy lifestyle, we must find a way to work in our favorite foods, no matter what they are. And equally important, we do so without labeling them “bad” or attaching feelings of guilt or shame or any other negative emotion to them. If a particular food isn’t off limits, it doesn’t have to be consumed as if it’s the last time we can ever have it again! If we know we can have our favorite foods anytime as long as we plan for them, portion control becomes freedom rather than an exercise in deprivation.

The first step is to determine the SmartPoints of your favorite foods then work backwards. Put the SmartPoints in your tracker and brainstorm how you can make them fit. Could you enjoy 1/2 of the portion just as much? Or even 2/3 of it? And don’t forget about your Weekly SmartPoints budget and Rollovers!! They are built in to the Program for the specific purpose of making this program realistic, fun and livable! So enjoy them!!

Although I’m improving, I’m still not a pro at portion control. Thankfully there’s always another option!! Instead, I find making lighter substitutions (recipe hacks as I like to call them) and using fruits and veggies to bulk up the volume of my meals and snacks my ticket to success. Some of us would rather have the lighter version and a little more of it than the original, higher SmartPoint food and that can work too. To each her own!!

There are so many different ways to make healthy weigh loss work for each of us and that’s the beauty of MyWW. Freedom, flexibility and livability on our individual terms. Finding ways to eat what we love while ridding ourselves of excess weight or maintain the weight we’ve already shed is the key. And it can be fun!! If you’re not having fun, let’s talk! My new email address is below😊

In the comments below, please share how you enjoy your fav foods while still staying within your SmartPoints budget!! It’s inspiring as well as helpful to hear your ideas, so don’t be shy.

Tuesday, Jan 7th (today) is my very first Tuesday, 8am workshop at the Clovis WW Studio!! It’s a brand new workshop, so if all my new California friends could help to spread the word, I’d appreciate it! Hoping I won’t be sitting in the Clovis WWStudio all alone at the crack of dawn wondering where is everyone???? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Cheers to a fabulous week and remember, your plan may not go perfectly this week and that’s OK. Progress, not perfection🌺

All is well❤️

Love,

Terra🌺

🌸email: terraayres@icloud.com

🌸website: www.terraayres.com

Terra’s WW Workshop Schedule – California

Mondays – Fresno WW Studio – 830am

Tuesdays – Clovis WW Studio – 8am

Wednesdays – Madera – 11am and 12:30pm

Fridays – Fresno WW Studio -8am, 10am and 12:15pm

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  • Leslie Bjerke
    January 10, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Terra, I so appreciate your words of encouragement. I’ve really struggled the last year and I am really glad to be more accountable to my eating with the green plan. I appreciate getting these emails. They inspire me in between the meetings. I’m really happy you’re here in California

  • Sally
    January 7, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Your words are so inspiring! Thank you!! I have really struggled the last year and I think part of the reason is I am staying away from too many foods I love. Then I overdo it when I’m bored with my choices. No more! Portion sizes will help and trying some substitutions. My mind is finally in the right place to move forward.

    • Terra
      January 7, 2020 at 7:16 pm

      That’s such good insight!! Isn’t it funny one of the hardest things to do is realize we not only can, but we need to eat what we love to be successful!! Haha! Isn’t it great to finally get the concept that deprivation doesn’t work??? 2020 is your year!! Keep me updated on your progress

  • Arnetta
    January 7, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Oh terra, needed to hear this. Been struggling to get back on plan. You really are an inspiration. Love your ideas. Ways to ‘forgive’ ones self, and bottom line-up keep going. I know the consequences if I quit, so I keep coming. I will make it my mission that this is the year, my year, to achieve the healthy body I do deserve.
    Again, thank you. I miss you here in Illinois, but also love your replacement. Which helps.
    Thanks again. Keep up the great work!

    • Terra
      January 7, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Thanks Arnetta! Glad my email came at a helpful time! 2020 is definitely YOUR year! I’m cheering for you from CA, that’s for sure! Give everyone on Tuesdays in Schaumburg my love❤️