Author: Betsy Westhafer

Weeks 8 and 9 – Showing Yourself Some Grace In Your Weight Loss Journey


As I write this on the morning of December 26th, I am more than excited to reflect on the great time our family had during the holidays, while at the same time, anticipating the joy of getting back into a routine that serves my health journey much better.


I think it is normal to get into the holiday mindset, despite making vows that “this year will be different.” Sticking to a clean eating regimen and getting our workouts in consistently is just plain challenging this time of year, no ifs, ands, or growing butts. But it is very important to get back on track as quickly as possible so that days of leniency don’t become weeks and months and years.


It would be very easy to say, “Come January 2nd, I’m all in.” But my new year actually started today. I have no excuses. For the most part, the parties are behind me, the routine can be restored, and the way I see it, by starting back on the wagon today, it gives me a week’s jumpstart into 2018.


It’s definitely easy to look back and beat yourself up for bad food/drink choices made over the holidays, but what purpose does that serve? This is the time to recommit, look ahead, and get excited once again to be committed to being the healthiest version of yourself that you can possibly be. Adding the stress of guilt will not help moving forward. Much like you show grace upon your friends and family when they slip, you should feel equal compassion toward yourself.


This morning I threw out all the empty calories that have been sitting around for the last couple of weeks. I got in a great workout and went to the grocery store and stocked up on lots of fruits and veggies for the week. This afternoon the plan calls for cooking up various versions of protein so that they will be easily accessible for the remainder of the week. And I have to say, being back on track feels WAY better than grabbing a handful of candy or diving into the cookie tray. It not only feels better physically, it feels much better emotionally. Saying no to the things that don’t serve you well is very empowering and builds confidence for the next challenge.


I hope you all enjoyed a very wonderful holiday season, and I look forward to hearing of your successes in 2018.


My gratitude today incudes:

  • New beginnings
  • Lots of family time
  • A white Christmas.


All the best,