Monday, December 24, 2012
I think I am growing a bit in my willingness to be accountable for my weight.
Let's put it this way, I've been having a bad week -- REALLY bad -- as far as diet is concerned. They have been rolling out the holiday cookies at work and I have done a poor job of limiting my intake, not to mention Christmas parties where I have overindulged from the food table.
I have felt like a stuffed Christmas goose and I have been more puffy from water retention, plus long holiday deadline hours have made it much more difficult to get to the gym. I still managed four days of exercise, but on the days I needed it most, I couldn't go and didn't have the gumption to work out at home.
So where is the growth moment? I'm getting to that.
Usually, after a difficult time like that I simply refuse to look at the scale. It is my form of denial, which, when started can go on for weeks, months, even years, based on past experience.
But I didn't do that this time. Instead, I marched up to the scale at the gym and got on, even though I knew that my eating would translate to a weight gain. Sure enough, I was up five whole pounds this week. Ouch! I can console myself that it is mostly water weight and will probably come off as fast as it arrived once my eating habits improve, but mainly I can console myself that I held myself accountable for lax behavior. So there was my growth moment.
I can also console myself that I am down a full pant size overall. I can not only fit into the black pants that were my goal, but also into the old jeans that haven't fit in close to a year.
And I can recommit myself to getting back on track with the goal of eating only healthy foods within my calorie and sodium ranges for the coming week.
That should round out the year well and get the new one started on the right foot.
By the way, here is a flavorful way to boost nutrition and cut a few calories from holiday mashed potatoes: instead of just potatoes, mix equal portions of cooked potatoes and cauliflower. They blend up just as smooth and are even more creamy in texture than just potatoes, and the flavor is mild but amazing. My family likes them better this way than regular potatoes.
Merry Christmas to all!