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Did you gain weight over Christmas? It's OK ...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

It's OK to blow it sometimes. That can be a part of the journey.

* When I lost some weight, and had to go on steroids, I stuck with my plan.
* When, after the steroids were done, my weight was back where I started, in spite of sticking with the plan, I STILL stuck with the plan. (And, lost some more weight.)
* When I plateaued, I stuck with the plan.
* When my plateau lasted 3-4 weeks, I decided that my plan wasn't working. So, instead of "abandoning" my plan, I spent time, online, learning about plateaus, and how to beat them. I "altered" my plan. And, I started losing weight again.
* When holidays came, I stuck with my plan, mostly.
* When vacations came, I stuck with my plan, mostly.
(And, mostly really does mean mostly. But, when I'd gain2-3 pounds back, I'd dig my heels in and take off those pounds right away, before they would build up.)
*And, when I was tired of sticking with my plan, I looked at my weight loss ticker, and, I stuck with my plan. And, I remembered the reasons for my goal, and my motivating factors, and, I stuck with my plan.
* When I occasionally failed (because we do, and, we will), I went back, and I stuck with my plan. And, I didn't beat myself up.
* When I occasionally failed (because we do, and, we will), I went back, I looked at my "progress", because, there HAD been progress. And, I knew that I could succeed if I progress, even if I'm not perfect (because, I'm not; and, I won't be). I patted myself on the back for the current successes, thus far, and I determined that I would keep working at it, and, I stuck with my plan.
* Now that I'm in maintenance, I stick with my plan, mostly. But, I alter it, to make it something that I can live with the rest of my life. Because it's a lifestyle change. Not just a temporary diet. Temporary diets mean temporary weight loss.
*Now that I'm in maintenance, if I gain some weight back, I go back, and I look at the strategies that originally helped me to succeed, and, I do them again. Because it's a lifestyle change. Not just a temporary diet.

This Christmas seemed more difficult for me.
- Two Christmases ago, I was near the beginning of my weight-loss journey, and still very committed to sticking with my plan.
- One year ago, I was still near the beginning of transitioning into maintenance, and, was still sticking with my plan, mostly.
- This year, my weight loss journey was further in my past. And, I occasionally fail (because I do, and I will). I don't measure anymore. And, I don't track anymore. Mostly. Because I need to make it a lifestyle change that I can live with the rest of my life. And, I need to find a way for weight maintenance to feel manageable, and not too big. But, sometimes, I have to go back to my old strategies. Or, sometimes, I simply need to be more intentional about portion sizes by using simpler methods than weighing and measuring and tracking. Like the plate method. And, like deck-of-card size meat servings, and light-blub size 1/2 potato servings. And, I need to be careful about in-between meal snacks.

I did OK this Christmas. I'm currently about 2 pounds heavier than I was a couple of weeks ago. But, that happens. Weight fluctuates.
- Sometimes, it comes off by itself, because fluctuating weight is just a normal part of my weight maintenance cycle, just as it was also a part of my weight loss cycle.
- Sometimes, it's a "real" weight gain, and, not just a cycle fluctuation. And, then, a few days of extra-careful eating, followed by sticking with my plan, will take it back off. It will take it back off now. While it's only a few pounds. Before I gain too much back. Before I become overweight again. Before I become obese again.

It's true: Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

Did you gain weight over Christmas? I did. It's OK. Just go back to your plan, and stick to it again. That's what I'm going to do. Because 2 pounds is OK.

And, if you gained more, that's OK too. Just get back on your weight-loss wagon, or, your maintenance wagon. And, take your Christmas gain off now. While it's just a little. And, stick to your plan. And, when, your plan is not working, feel free to alter it.

~ Faith
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    Approaching the holiday season, my weight had already started creeping up. I haven't thrown in the towel. I decided if I just maintained through January 1, I can rededicate myself to my weight loss goals. So my plan for the next few days is to just maintain, maintain, maintain...because that is difficult enough at this time of year.
    1944 days ago
    Thanks Faith!! I actually didn't gain weight, but I only lost 3 pounds so far in December, which is quite a slow down. I'm okay with it though. I managed to walk a 5K on the treadmill lastnight, it was awesome!! Thanks for the great post.

    Have a great day!!
    Kelly emoticon
    1944 days ago
    Thanks for posting this I have found it very helpful sticking to the plan is the key and something I intend to do. emoticon
    1944 days ago
    Well said. This is the first Holiday season in which I have more or less kept my weight within range. I've had a few indulgences and went over my range a little but only gained a pound. I know it's OK as long as I put in a little extra effort afterward and not let it derail me completely.
    1944 days ago
    Wonderful and helpful post. That really motivated me!
    1944 days ago
    Excellent post and fantastic advice. emoticon
    1944 days ago
  • KANOE10
    That is a great blog. It is a very realistic view of maintenance. You do make a lifestyle change to healthy eating. Yet like you say, you need to work on those two pounds that are up. Someone once said that in maintenance you are destined to lose the same 5 pounds over and over again.

    You are positive and determined and are very successful.

    1944 days ago
    Yup, I've gained a bit of weight too. My goal for every Christmas from here on out is to gain less weight than the year before. My holiday celebrations aren't over yet but I'm on a good track to gain less than I did last year. That will spell success in my book and I'm perfectly okay with going back into weight loss mode for a few weeks after the holiday dust settles to undo the damage. I'm never going back to Christmas holidays that turn into full-on backslides ever again!
    1944 days ago
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