Easing Back onto the Weight Loss Road

Serious but avoidable automobile accidents happen when a driver goes off the road a little and overcorrects.

The brake-slamming and swift jerk to get back onto the road, combined with the different surfaces of the shoulder and the pavement causes many drivers to lose control. The car may fly all the way across the right side of the road and directly into the path of an oncoming car on the opposite side of the road.

Inattentiveness and overcorrection is a common cause of accidents!

Inattentiveness and overcorrection is a common cause of accidents!

Drivers are taught how to ease back on the road to avoid an accident.

If they remember the steps to easing back onto the road they can continue on their way and safely reach their destination.

Learning how to regain control rather than doing what comes instinctively is the best way to avoid this!

Learning how to regain control rather than doing what comes instinctively is the best way to avoid this! The same principle applies to your weight loss management efforts too!

A summer “off” from weight management behaviors is very much the same as inattentiveness causing one to drive off the road.

It’s not surprising that over-correcting with weight loss actions has the same unwanted results – a big crash that could be fatal to further weight management efforts, or at least severely damaging.

When you become inattentive to your weight management behaviors don't expect to regain control by overcompensating for the time you've been away from your daily weight management actions. I

When you become inattentive to your weight management behaviors don’t expect to regain control by overcompensating for the time you’ve been away from your daily weight management actions. I

If you have been inattentive to your weight management behaviors and want to get back on the road to goal, remember it’s best to ease back.

Take it slowly and one step at a time. You will give yourself a chance to gain control, feel positive, and then you’ll be ready to “pick up speed” with additional behaviors.

Drivers are taught to "ease back onto the road." The first step is to "take your foot off the gas," not "slam on the brakes," which is an instinctive and very dangerous reaction!

Get back on the road safely and headed to your destination!

If today is the first day of gaining control, do just this one simple thing. Write down everything that you eat. Yes! That’s it; just write it down.
Just write down what you eat. Don't worrying about counting calories or points - just record your food! Think of it as "taking your foot off the gas."

Just write down what you eat. Don’t worrying about counting calories or points – just record your food! Think of it as “taking your foot off the gas.”

Don’t worry about cutting back or changing your typical food choices. Think of “just tracking what you’re eating” as “taking your foot off the gas pedal.”

Easing back on track helps you gain control and get going on your way to your goal!

Easing back on track helps you gain control and get going on your way to your goal!

In a few days, you’ll be ready to ease back onto the road by adding a few more behaviors that keep you traveling on the road to goal!
Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is the general manager of Weight Watchers of Maine. She is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. Her experience with her own weight management journey and raising girls has given her insight into the struggles families face with weight, healthy body image, food and physical activity. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news for more than ten years and appears monthly as a guest on FOX network morning program Good Day Maine.