How I Got Through the Holidays
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Today I weigh exactly the same as I did on December 1, 2012.
That's both bad news and good news, depending on how you look at it.
To see no overall change in my weight in 5 weeks could be bad news. And any other time, I would see no weight change as very discouraging.
But I'm choosing to see it as good news. More than that, I'm declaring it a victory.
I don't know about you, but for me, the period from Thanksgiving to New Year's is the most challenging time of year. Not only are those weeks a nonstop food feast, but there's also the depressing combination of colder temps and shorter days. All I want to do is cuddle up in my blankie and wait for spring. Making it worse this year is a knee that seems to be rebelling after a season of running.
Most years, the holiday season is when I fall off the wagon in a major way and have to spend the first 2 months of the year re-losing weight. If I'm not so discouraged and disgusted that I bother at all.
This year, I decided to do something different. I decided to be realistic about the holiday season. I set a goal to maintain my weight. To weigh no more at the end of the holiday season than I did at the beginning. I let myself off the hook tracking every bite or even every day. I gave myself and my knee a break from exercise. I didn't weigh myself as often.
I approached the season as an opportunity to practice my maintenance skills.
And maintain I did.
Now, after a few weeks of relaxed behaviors, I'm ready to go again. I spent the morning creating a new weight journal spreadsheet for 2013. I have a pantry and freezer full of healthy food. My water bottle is at my side. My rebounder is set up in front of the TV and DVD. I did a 20-minute cardio workout on it with no knee pain. I switched my SparkCoach program to plateau-busting to remind me of the basics and jumpstart my January.
Happy New Year!