Friday, February 03, 2012
Eight years ago, I was at goal weight. I know this because one of my goals was to actually weigh what my driver's license said I weighed. And it did!! I just renewed my driver's license and it still says the same weight. However, I am now hovering between six and then pounds above that number. Why? Because I thought I could eat what I wanted during the Christmas season (three years ago) and still maintain my healthy weight. Why would I think that I could forgo my healthy habits and still be healthy? That's a topic for another day.
Anyway, I gained. Then I wised up (a little) and reinstated the healthy habits that got me back to my goal weight. And then those 6 - 10 pounds just kind of snuck up on me and pounced back onto my thighs! So, for about eight months, I've been trying to shed those pounds. Lately, I've noticed that I would eat really well on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesda and Thursday were less healthy. Friday through Sunday were free-for-alls. Sometimes Thursdays would join the free-for-all crowd. Sense a pattern? Me too.
I figured out that part of my problem is that I was stressing about staying in my calorie range. There were days that it was a real challenge to stay in range and, if it was a rough day, I decided not to meet that challenge. In fact, I often decided to show that calorie range who was boss and just how far away from that top number I could get. Take that calorie range!!!
Yeah...that didn't work so well in helping me reach my goal. This week, I decided to change my goal. The ending goal weight is the same. I've proven to myself that I can get to that weight and stay at that weight relatively easily AND I have some cute clothes that fit well at that weight. What has changed? My time frame. I've given myself until the end of this year to get back to where I want to be.
My calorie range is huge now! I can meet that range and not feel deprived. There is even room for cookies or chips or an occasional cocktail. Knowing I can makes me want to less. Paradox? I think so (assuming I really know what paradox means! LOL!)
I'm feeling better this week. Making room for healthy foods but leaving room for other stuff. I think this is totally doable!