Wednesday, December 26, 2012
It's OK to blow it sometimes. That can be a part of the journey.
* When I lost some weight, and had to go on steroids, I stuck with my plan.
* When, after the steroids were done, my weight was back where I started, in spite of sticking with the plan, I STILL stuck with the plan. (And, lost some more weight.)
* When I plateaued, I stuck with the plan.
* When my plateau lasted 3-4 weeks, I decided that my plan wasn't working. So, instead of "abandoning" my plan, I spent time, online, learning about plateaus, and how to beat them. I "altered" my plan. And, I started losing weight again.
* When holidays came, I stuck with my plan, mostly.
* When vacations came, I stuck with my plan, mostly.
(And, mostly really does mean mostly. But, when I'd gain2-3 pounds back, I'd dig my heels in and take off those pounds right away, before they would build up.)
*And, when I was tired of sticking with my plan, I looked at my weight loss ticker, and, I stuck with my plan. And, I remembered the reasons for my goal, and my motivating factors, and, I stuck with my plan.
* When I occasionally failed (because we do, and, we will), I went back, and I stuck with my plan. And, I didn't beat myself up.
* When I occasionally failed (because we do, and, we will), I went back, I looked at my "progress", because, there HAD been progress. And, I knew that I could succeed if I progress, even if I'm not perfect (because, I'm not; and, I won't be). I patted myself on the back for the current successes, thus far, and I determined that I would keep working at it, and, I stuck with my plan.
* Now that I'm in maintenance, I stick with my plan, mostly. But, I alter it, to make it something that I can live with the rest of my life. Because it's a lifestyle change. Not just a temporary diet. Temporary diets mean temporary weight loss.
*Now that I'm in maintenance, if I gain some weight back, I go back, and I look at the strategies that originally helped me to succeed, and, I do them again. Because it's a lifestyle change. Not just a temporary diet.
This Christmas seemed more difficult for me.
- Two Christmases ago, I was near the beginning of my weight-loss journey, and still very committed to sticking with my plan.
- One year ago, I was still near the beginning of transitioning into maintenance, and, was still sticking with my plan, mostly.
- This year, my weight loss journey was further in my past. And, I occasionally fail (because I do, and I will). I don't measure anymore. And, I don't track anymore. Mostly. Because I need to make it a lifestyle change that I can live with the rest of my life. And, I need to find a way for weight maintenance to feel manageable, and not too big. But, sometimes, I have to go back to my old strategies. Or, sometimes, I simply need to be more intentional about portion sizes by using simpler methods than weighing and measuring and tracking. Like the plate method. And, like deck-of-card size meat servings, and light-blub size 1/2 potato servings. And, I need to be careful about in-between meal snacks.
I did OK this Christmas. I'm currently about 2 pounds heavier than I was a couple of weeks ago. But, that happens. Weight fluctuates.
- Sometimes, it comes off by itself, because fluctuating weight is just a normal part of my weight maintenance cycle, just as it was also a part of my weight loss cycle.
- Sometimes, it's a "real" weight gain, and, not just a cycle fluctuation. And, then, a few days of extra-careful eating, followed by sticking with my plan, will take it back off. It will take it back off now. While it's only a few pounds. Before I gain too much back. Before I become overweight again. Before I become obese again.
It's true: Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.
Did you gain weight over Christmas? I did. It's OK. Just go back to your plan, and stick to it again. That's what I'm going to do. Because 2 pounds is OK.
And, if you gained more, that's OK too. Just get back on your weight-loss wagon, or, your maintenance wagon. And, take your Christmas gain off now. While it's just a little. And, stick to your plan. And, when, your plan is not working, feel free to alter it.