I read somewhere in the past that the "Average American" gains about 7 lbs. over the holiday season (Thanksgiving - New Year). Well, I'm already ahead of the game! I went ahead and weighed this morning and I gained back what I lost in September and am now 9 lbs. over my lowest weight and 7 lbs. over my WW goal. This is the highest I've weighed since I lost my weight 20 months ago (almost 2 years!).
The silver lining is I am aware of this and am getting back in control (again). Sometimes I think that since weight loss has been such a big part of my life, I don't know what to do if I don't have some lbs. to loose (a little self-evaluation).
My eating has been "out of control" that I'm a little surprised I haven't gained back more! I was off most of Thanksgiving week and that gets me out of my routine. I was very busy, but managed to get in exercise last week. On Tuesday, my sister and I took a 3+ mile walk on a hilly trail. She's let her running go more than me and didn't even want to attempt to run. I spent all day Wednesday cleaning house and getting the tables set up for Thanksgiving. We hosted again this year. We had a total of 17 people - 18 counting my new little baby great-nephew. My niece had her baby on 11/16 and he is the cutest baby ever!
Anyway, DH and DD#2 were going to run a 10K on Thanksgiving morning. He was going to put the turkey in the oven by around 5 am (he does most of the cooking!) and then run the race. He's still running about 3+ miles (he's a rock star) and was going to do the best he could with 6.2 miles. DD#2 ended up not wanting to get up @ 7:00 am (she had 6 am. Bball practice the morning before!), so they skipped the race. They did go run about 10 am. I didn't go because I still had a lot of "prep" work to do before everyone came about 1 pm and I didn't want to stress! My 2 sisters, DD#3, the dog and I took about a 45 min. walk later in the evening before it got dark, so that was nice.
I spent Friday morning cleaning up and packing away Thanksgiving getting ready for Christmas decorations! Friday afternoon when DH got off work, we spent about 2 hours working in the yard. We raked leaves, re-seeded and fertilized (over an acre of lawn). I used the spreader and walked consistently pushing it for about 45 mins. (it was kind of heavy and I had to walk briskly to get an "even spread"). We were going to run, but I was tired after that!
I did run again on Saturday morning. I did the 5 min. run/5 min. walk for about 35-40 mins. Last night I did 7 min. run/3 min. walk. I'm trying to build back up my endurance. If I can stay consistent this week, I'm going to increase to 10 min. run by this weekend and then go for a mile straight after that. I try not to get disappointed when I think back that about 7 months ago I was running 3+ miles. I decided I was going to check out some 5K's that I did in January & February and sign up for a few. That kept me motivated before and hopefully keep me running through the holidays to get ready.
We're getting our Christmas tree tonight after DD#2's Bball practice and DD#3's play rehearsal (we'll decorate this weekend). I won't have time to run, but I'm going to do my ST routine (still don't like it, but it's better than nothing at this point).
My goals for the rest of the year:
Increase running endurance and get back to 2 miles straight.
Sign up for 2 5K's to complete by the end of February
ST twice a week -
My weight loss goal is to loose 4 lbs. by the end of the year, but really I'd be happy to just maintain and not gain anymore through the rest of the holidays!
Oh yeah, and the Georgia Bulldogs to win the SEC and the National Championship and the Atlanta Falcons to clinch a playoff berth!