Sunday, February 09, 2014
Well, my size 10 pants are feeling snug. This was a downer because a year ago, this same style/size pant used to feel far too loose after wearing them for just a few hours, so I reserved them for when my size 8s were dirty. Now my size 8s don't button, and the size 10s fit me like a glove, even maybe too tight for an appropriately-sized glove.
I had been avoiding the scale for a spell. Today I decided I needed to see how bad it was, and did full spectrum of measurements. The bad news? In the last 6 months I've gained 10 lbs and over an inch back onto my hips/waist, which sadly means that since the initial weight loss, I've gained 15 of my 60 lost lbs back.
The good news? 15 lbs over 4 years of maintenance is not terrible, and at least I'm catching it when it's still relatively easy to reverse. I'm also trying to remind myself that I did zero strength training when I first started losing weight all those years ago, and now I do...so while the inches gained definitely indicate a back-slide, I need to rely less on the scale.
So this is me being accountable and honest. I've slipped up, I've let my emotions and stress and struggles over the past year [and namely, since October] rule me, and now it's time for me to take control back. This is going to be MY year, after all.
So, I've been trying to identify problems areas the last few days, and soliciting feedback from sparkers. I happy hour too often (almost always frozen strawberry margaritas, I know i know), I pick up heavy weights too little, and I love chips and queso too much.
My baby steps:
-cutting drinking alcoholic beverages [besides 1 glass of red wine a week] for the next few weeks, to see how that goes, both socially and physically.
-in fact, the only calories I'll drink will be green smoothies.
-going out to eat only once a week
-getting a free personal training session from the University's gym so I can make sure I'm doing proper form.
-8+ glasses of water a day, every day.
Wish me luck, sparkers! And if you have any other tips for success, please throw them my way!