One upon a time, it was the beginning of my Winter break from college. BLURRRRR......
Hey, that story was SHORT! And it started like a fairy tale, too. I wonder if I get to live Happily Ever After? Seeing as I have the one day left before I return to campus, it's time to catalog my activities and see where I stand.
The holiday break started 12/19/11:
Wednesday weigh-in on 12/21/11 = 118
Weigh-in peek today 01/16/12 = 117.5
Highest Wednesday Weigh-in over the break = 122 (12/28/11)
I attribute my success at keeping the weight steady to my "At Goal And Maintaining" team's "Merriest Maintainer Challenge" that ran from 11/07/11 - 01/02/12. That challenge accountability was invaluable to me. Knowing I had to log my weight each week, and fight to keep within a +-3% deviation for the challenge kept me on track with food for the majority of the holiday season. I was not perfect, in fact, I even popped out of the 3% deviation on the SECOND week! That sure taught me what THAT felt like - crummy! But I stayed in the challenge, knowing I was out of the running for absolute "Merriest Maintainer" but determined to rock the remainder.
I am proud to say my diet stayed very clean (thank you, Merriest Maintainers) for the majority of the semester break. I was mostly successful at keeping the Christmas cookie jar full for my visiting sons without tasting myself. I ate reasonably well on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and was sensitive to portions of less-healthy things if I wanted to try them.
CONFESSION: I did have one large blow-out that resulted in huge sodium gains (5+ !!) and a couple of days where I could not fit into my size 6 pants as a result. The water weight came back off within two days of normal, healthy eating within range. Work in progress, hopefully not a lifetime work.... The good news is that I did NOT panic and resort to restriction. I just returned to my regular healthy, clean foods and the extra lbs were shed. Consistency DOES pay.
Working with my two accountability buddies, Bev and Kathy, I managed to stay somewhat true to a M-W-F strength routine. This work has fallen away again due to family responsibilities up at my folks that literally had me staying there part time since 01/04/12. However, I am ready to resume this activity and my responsibility as a full accountability work-out partner. Accountability is INVALUABLE to me!! I will do my part to work out, encourage, cheer going forward in 2012 because it KEEPS ME EXERCISING and FEELS GOOD WORKING TOGETHER!! Do you want an accountability buddy with food or exercise?
I have greatly missed my daily Sparking due to family responsibilities. I've missed my friends, the fellowship and accountability, what's been going on, Dance Party Fridays, etc etc!!
Equally important, I have missed being able to track my food and plan my food day. I put a nutritional stake in the ground in January 2011, STUCK TO IT, and changed my life. If I want to continue to live my life as a healthier me, this work MUST continue and the SP Tracker is absolutely invaluable to me. It is my guide, source of fun and inspiration, and the tool that challenges me to eek out the most nutritious day I can. I live very close to the 90/10 rule with food, and I have indeed learned that my body is an ally in this effort. If I eat well almost all the time, I feel better, my weight is stable, I sleep better, I think better - AND, my body forgives small deviations. I have like-minded friends who actively strive for healthier food while passing on non-nutritious, processed products and we keep that conversation going continuously! (KELMO2450 and I are putting in our first sprouts seed order of the winter! Sprouting rocks!)
I am getting myself organized for tomorrow. I fished out my campus ID to see if I need to get it renewed and I do. It was good for the 2010-2011 school year. Guess what? it's a photo ID! Yup, it has a picture of me in the Fall of 2010, before I began my personal challenge in January 2011. I was over 160 lbs in that picture! So, for FUN, I looked at my Sparkpeople reports and decided to do a start of Spring 2011 semester vs. start of Spring 2012 semester weight comparison:
01/14/2011 = 158 lbs (January 2011 photo in gallery)
01/16/2012 = 118 lbs (Profile picture taken 01/15/12)
So, ONWARD in 2012!! I have my books and am ready for the start of my final semester. What's on tap? Pathophysiology, Intro to Pharmacology, Bioethics, and my History elective. YEAY!!!
Hey, I guess that's my ending!
"... and she studied happily ever after. The End."