Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Hi SparkFriends, long time no see/blog/message etc. The holiday season was a win/lose situation for me. I quickly realized that with all the wonderful joyous activities and preparations, I had significantly less time to commit to Sparkpeople.com, and I had to take a hiatus. I did a decent job of staying on my diet path, with a few mild indulgences here and there, but the good news was that overall I did well, and only gained about 2-3 pounds overall. I hovered around the 190-193 mark for about 2 months during the holiday season. I also had a mild setback when I suffered a pretty significant lower back strain. I have NO IDEA how it happened, but I had to really cut back on my lifting and pretty much just stick with cardio, and luckily I was pretty good about keeping up with that. The absolutely hardest part for me was getting back in the saddle, going back to my strict documenting of everything eaten, and getting back in the vigorous exercise habits I had developed. I have finally been able to get my ass in gear for the past week, and was pleasantly surprised by my weigh-in last week (190, which wasn't too bad considering how long it took me to get my motivation back). I was even more surprised, pleased, and highly motivated to see my weigh-in this morning, when I officially got to a grand total of 25 pounds lost since I started this journey in August! Dah-da-da-dah!!!!! Woo-Hoo! That just completely justified the hard work I put into recommitting myself and reversing some bad habits that I had slipped back into. Then I rewarded myself by buying a new pair of jeans today, and since I had a little wiggle room in a size 16, I went ahead and bought a size 14 as insurance to keep up the forward progress!!!!
So hello again to all my spark friends, I've missed you, but I'm sure you understand when messaging and blogging takes second place to your kiddos. We had an amazing Christmas, with so many lovely memories, and it makes it so much nicer that I don't feel guilty about overindulging all holiday, and was able to pick up where I left off!
Lessons I learned: as admirable of a goal as it was to be able to diet intensely over the holidays, it just isn't realistic for me as a busy mom to be able to commit the time necessary to maintain the level of intensity I had all fall. On the other hand, it is awesome and reassuring to know that the experience I built over a few months allowed me to maintain a generally healthy lifestyle and enjoy some occasional indulgences, but never overindulge, and keep up a good consistent exercise practice (minus the injury), and avoid what was in the past an inevitable weight gain over the holiday season. Lastly, I know now that if I dig deep, no matter how hard it is, I can find the strength to recommit to my aggressive lifestyle change and find success. I feel so good today that I can't wait to see what the coming weeks and months bring! And I can't wait to wear my new jeans! Next step, bathing suit shopping . . . shudder! I'm going to hold off for another month or 2 and hopefully I will have a pleasant surprise awaiting me there!!!!!