Friday, January 18, 2013
I have spent the last two months gaining and losing the same 3 pounds over and over again. While I am happy that I have lost 85 pounds so far and at least didn't actually gain anything over the holidays, this yo-yo thing is never going to get the last 45 pounds off. And I have a cruise to go on in 7 months, so I NEED TO GET IT OFF!
I am under no delusions about why I haven't been able to keep losing. My calories have crept up and crept up and while I was pretty good about sweets around Christmas, I did eat them for about a week. That woke up my latent sweet tooth and I have been unable to squish it back down. I had also stopped logging the 5 hershey kisses or the extra chocolate dipped granola bar and especially the caramels a lovely co-worker gave me for Christmas. I don't know who I thought I was fooling, but it certainly wasn't the scale.
So, why am I thankful to SparkPeople? Because yesterday the challenge in my Spark Coach session was to not eat ANY sweets for 24 hours. Not forever. Just 24 hours. I decided I was going to meet that challenge, and I DID! It was hard, because all day I kept craving those caramels, but it helped that I had finished them the day before so there weren't any sitting handily for me to eat. Which doesn't mean I couldn't have gone out and bought more. But I didn't. And as I knew I would, I felt SO PROUD of myself for making it through that day, that I ate healthy meals all day and stayed within my calorie range.
Today, I decided to do the challenge again. Just for one day. Not forever. It was easier today, even though I know there are Hershey kisses downstairs in the kitchen. I've been eating healthily for 36 hours. I don't want to blow it now.
Anyway, thank you SparkPeople. That challenge came when I needed it most and I really feel like the control is back in my court and I can start watching the scale go down again.