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The 5 lb. Christmas Gain will not defeat me!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

I felt it, these past few days. The extra giggle of my stomach, the ache in my bones. I knew that it had happened. The dreaded holiday weight gain. I had managed to maintain over Thanksgiving, which was my goal, however I know that I slipped and fell off my plan during Christmas. I have time off of work,and that means wonderful family time with my husband and kids, but also more eating,more time lounging, and less time focusing on reaching my goal.

I stepped on the scale this morning and not only was it a gain, but back I to the 200's. I was devastated. I've been hovering around 200 for the whole month of December. Now I am over that at 205. My initial reaction was defeat. I won't lie.

When you take a break from fitness, an eating plan, etc., its hard to know how to get back on track. You forget that it was baby steps that got you where you are, and instead see it as a huge mountain to climb.

I started this journey doing the only thing physically I could do - walk. I started 5 minutes at a time, then added minutes until I could walk a full mile, then two, and so on. I then began to run. This past year I trained for and ran my first half marathon, and then a full marathon.

In my transition from walking to running, I forgot about the power of walking, especially in the winter. I did it for cross training and of course, teaching my class once a week, but I neglected my daily walks and now stepping on the scale and seeing that dreaded 5 lbs. i realize that i forgot my roots. Except I'm not going to view it as a sentence, rather as a learning experience and am going to get back to my roots of walking! I know what a difference it makes.

Thanks to my fellow walk leader Nancy for the inspiration, she has maintained her weight loss through the winters and I saw this picture she posted to her walk page this morning right after stepping on the scale and it gave me the inspiration to start walking again, one step at a time.

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    Great success to you!
    1511 days ago
    heck no it won't defeat you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1512 days ago
    The holidays can be ROUGH. I'm up a few pounds too. But I'm going to focus on clean eating and get those pounds back off. You are doing great! And I love your positive attitude! emoticon emoticon
    1513 days ago
    I still haven't lost the baby weight. Or, rather, I've lost and then regained it. But I had a moment just like yours when I stepped on the scale and saw 200 for the first time in a long, long time. I need to get back on track but I'm finding it so very hard to find the time: we've had major teething troubles lately and I'm going back to work full time soon. (I've been working 30 hours a week.) Does the mommy juggling act get easier as your kids get older? Or do you just have to force yourself to put yourself back on the to-do list, no matter how intimidating the list is? Madelyn will start walking any day now, so I'm hoping just chasing the girls around will help me melt the pounds. I'd really appreciate any advice from a seasoned healthy mom who struggles with her weight!
    1513 days ago
    Thanksgiving was great for me, but this Christmas - hoo-eee I feel that jiggle! And today I am going out for a run so I can take those baby steps to make the jiggle disappear!
    1514 days ago
  • BRENDAF761
    Today is a new day! You can get right back on track! I also gained 4Ibs. over the holiday. I'm doing my best to get the weight off. I've been fighting an injured hip and can't do much exercise. I've really got to watch what I eat now. We can do this! Good luck to you! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1515 days ago
    Thank you for the reminder that it was one small step that got me started! I feel the same way about walking and am ready to recommit to losing again. We can do this together.
    1515 days ago
    Yes I totally understand! I feel that extra jiggle too! What's up with that?! Despite thinking I could continue on, healthy habits seemed so hard this month! What happened? But it is the small steps that get us back on track. Rather than feeling defeated that my exercise track record looked broken, I started with short videos and trying to get a streak going again.
    Good to hear you are back walking. Returning to what works is so important. Simple small steps in the right direction. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1515 days ago
    I faced the scale this morning too and found 3 1/2 pounds extra. I think if we drink a lot of water and get back to pre-holiday habits this week we will lose a couple even before the New Year and then can get in the groove to finish the job. emoticon
    1515 days ago
    Januaty1st we will put th holidays behind us and get back on track!

    Lets do this!
    1515 days ago
    I find winter makes it harder for me to be motivated to go outside! I am glad that you are staying positive and that you are getting back on track!!

    Last winter I put back on over 20 lbs, mainly due to my laziness, and I completely forgot my roots when I got back on track. It took me a few hard knocks to get it in my noggin to go back to the beginning! emoticon
    1515 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    It is so easy to let the holidays get you out of your routine, and then hard to get back to it! I am flirting with 150 again, when I used to be much closer to 140. I need to get back on track too. So you are by far not alone!
    1515 days ago
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