Monday, August 12, 2013
A rather boring blog today.
Now that I’m back on track I need to sit back and reflect on how I managed to slip back into old habits again and lose most of what I gained. No excuses, just trying to think through the process and avoid future slips.
First off, I stopped tracking in mid-April. Why did I stop tracking? Limited time was the excuse I used but, in reality, that doesn’t fly. I know how valuable tracking is and I let a lame excuse interfere. What is the solution? Keep tracking, even if that is the only thing I do. It is OK to cut back on other SP activities but not tracking.
Why didn’t I start up again sooner? I saw my weight slowing climbing and could feel my fitness level dropping. I still managed to run my 5K in May and did pretty well. The excuse this time was a few minor health issues that were interfering with my workouts but not stopping them. I kept telling myself I would get back on track “next week” or, “I’m still under 175 (then 180, then 185 …) so I can get back on track quickly”. What is the solution? Remember this is a lifelong commitment. A little slip once in a while is OK but don’t wait for “next week” to fix them. Those little things add up very quickly. Still, the funniest thing is that I was still eating healthy, just too much and then the occasional binge.
I know my triggers – stress, can’t pass up free food, can’t let food go to waste. Why can I overcome those triggers most of the time but occasionally slip into long stretches of non-compliance? That’s the one question I don’t have the answer for yet. What I have noticed is, the more I work-out the easier it is for me to control my eating. I also notice that the less I eat the easier it is for me to control what I eat. It sounds counter-intuitive but that’s how it works for me. I guess the answer is to be ever vigilant and avoid that slippery slope. Creeping back up to an unhealthy weight and falling back into undesirable eating habits is NOT inevitable. Just need to keep the eyes on the goal.