Ouch! Yep me too; have to apply some extra effort to that problem.
It's okay to take a break but when it becomes more than a break . . . it becomes slippery ground that might turn into a dangerous downward slide. Don't linger on the slippery slope.
I haven't gained but I need to resume exercising . . . that is, exercising MORE than I already am. Whatever we're doing is good, but we need to INCREASE it if your BMI is not healthy, if you feel physically and mentally unwell.
I am still getting good steps in everyday, which is critical, and massive steps in on work days at my piddly pay job; but there have been several times in the last few weeks when my strength (upper, lower, and core) were noticably not what they should be.
As always, babysteps work for me. Dave Ramsey, FlyLady, SparkPeople, and many others all recommend baby steps for a reason: BECAUSE THEY WORK. I started by not using any furniture when watching TV. Instead, I lay on the floor and do leg lifts, supermans, swimming, bicycling, etc., when watching the weather and my favorite show. When I get tired of doing them all, I start over again.
I have foot and joint issues so I can't run. At least not at this weight. And I have alot of metal in one leg. But something I can do that I need to do, is add fast walking / speed walking / trotting / wogging to my walking, in bursts. That REALLY moves the weight off of me.
I've removed a corn, bought new shoe inserts, then bought new shoes, and right now I have the last part of plantars fasciitus (PF) I'm getting rid of through all of those combined efforts over time; so I have to be really careful until my heel is fully healed; and after PF is gone I still have joint issues so have to keep it low impact and do it carefully. (I don't have those problems doing floor exercises while watching TV, LOL. Lesson: look for the stuff you CAN do presently.)
I ordered some turmeric I was out of, when I ordered my xylitol and SinuFix, as turmeric really helps for inflammation and in the past has helped my PF.
But for those of us who can walk, you can always (gently) SPEED UP your walking.
On a personal note, I took my vitamins last night at work, which include EFAs and D3 and many other things, a bunch of stuff, and instead of coming home exhausted, I came home and did 3 hours work on the computer. And instead of waking up and still being tired this morning, I woke up and (gasp) wanted to get out of bed. Also, my hands were stiff but no pain. Also, mental fog and emotional ultra-sensitivity has lifted as of this morning; I had forgotten what it feels like to feel normal.
Today is April 27, 2013. I pledge from this day forward to TAKE MY VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS EVERY DAY, consistently, faithfully, and GRATEFULLY, and to do so like a MATURE adult.
Note: "Like a MATURE adult" means no whining, griping, *itching, complaining about how much I hate swallowing pills. Maybe I'll say "thank you Jesus" outloud instead, before each swallow, to correct my attitude and help me become grateful.
What things do you already KNOW work for you, that you've stopped doing? What babysteps can you incorporate to help yourself get back on track to doing those things?
For me, laying on the floor doing leg lifts was an "easy" thing, instead of sitting in furniture while watching TV. What is an "easy" place to start for you? Can you drink more water? Take the supplements that work for you? Practice gratitude outloud? Go for a walk? Walk faster for short bursts of time during that walk (intervals)? Make a big salad on your day off and keep it in the fridge? Perhaps pre-fill some lunch containers with salad instead of leaving it in a huge bowl? I made a humongous salad last Monday, and have been putting tuna salad on top, chicken breast on top, steak on top, etc.
Another thing that used to work for me, and I don't understand, is eating popcorn. Maybe because of the fiber? In the olden days I used store-bought microwaved bags, bought on sale with a coupon, but now thanks to Monsanto and GMOs, it's on my list to buy a bag of organic popcorn kernals. I'll make it with coconut oil and put it in brown paper bags.
What things have you stopped doing, that work for you?
Go back for a moment, and remember: picture in your mind and re-live as much as you can, what your daily like life when you were losing weight before. What you were doing/how were you living when you felt better physically and mentally before? How is that different from your daily life today? What baby step can you start today, to get back there? As you will it, so shall it be.