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Blog myself out of sabotage

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I've had two health / weight loss issue on my mind lately and thought it best to blog before I drive myself crazy or eat myself out of house and home.

1.) I gained weight this week. The other day I had this moment where I thought, "you're not going to have a good weigh day on Wednesday." I don't know what triggered it, but I just had this sinking feeling. I was bloated and feeling not so great anyway. Sure enough I did gain 1.4 pounds from last week. So I tried reflecting this morning from a variety of angles - for starters it is my time of the month, which is never a lose week though usually I maintain. Second I lost 4 pounds last week, which I believe is a bit high for seven days so perhaps this is my body keeping me in check. Third, I reached for chocolate, sugar, and salt last week when I was hungry (and admittedly a little when I was bored). Now for the frustrating part: I remained in my calorie range (well within) all week despite my less than terrific choices AND I far exceeded my weekly average in fitness minutes (580 in comparison to my 390 goal). As a result I'm at a loss for what I should be doing differently. Yes, I should keep my food balanced nutritionally, but that can't be the only reason I gained a full one and half pounds. If it is, maintenance mode is going to be VERY tough. No matter, I'll remain constant and keep plugging away at this, I just wish there was a more obvious point of responsibility.

2.) I leave for vacation Tuesday. Since January I have heavily relied on SP to guide me through my weight loss. There was one day in May that I didn't use the site, but otherwise I track EVERYTHING. It keeps me focused on nutritional value, my water in take, and my organized fitness. It also validates my experiences and keeps me grounded. I have 9 days of non-internet time coming up, which I usually LOVE, but then again I was also 70 pounds heavier and highly stressed out. There isn't a gym, cell service, or wi-fi. There isn't a food scale or a farmer's market. There's more eating out and unorganized exercise, which isn't a bad a thing and I certainly intend to enjoy my vacation; I'm just feeling a huge sense of anxiety about the prospect of being "tested". This will be the first time I need to solely monitor everything myself - stop eating when I'm full, make an educated decision when ordering out, opting for outdoor exercise even when my husband is exhausted or taking a nap. We're going to Sedona and the Grand Canyon so exercise shouldn't be an issue anyway, i'm just not used to being unable to monitor calories in and out. I know I'll be fine I just hope I am successful as well.

My two concerns combined is where I hope I'm not losing it. I'm 5 pounds away from my initial goal weight (I'll still be in the heavy BMI so I will create a secondary goal). This is my first real gain in seven months and it's essentially the eve before vacation. I don't want to lose my momentum - I've never made it to a maintenance mode and it's something that's very important to me. So I blog myself out of sabotage.
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    You are going to have a great active vacation and in the past SEVEN months you have figured out how to eat. Since you won't be tracking on SP you may want to take a small journal with you so that you can manually write down what you eat and also your fitness. You can always enter the information when you get back so you can gauge how you did. My guess is you will be fine if you stay off the sugar and alcohol. Those are big triggers for me and once I get that in my system my good sense goes out the door.

    By the way, your 1.4 pound gain sounds good to me... wanna trade? lol

    1723 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    I'd say use old fashion pen and paper to track. Add some squats, pushups and resistance band moves to your workouts, use walking sticks if available. Run, Jump, Skip when/where you can to challenging yourself.

    Maybe search out the restaurants in the area and try to preplan some things you can eat. Remember steer clear of sauces and gravies, go for high protein and veggie dishes. Learn what a servicing size looks like, maybe take pics of them to keep on your phone as a reference. Ask to have half of your order boxed before it is brought out. Lots of options

    You can do this.
    1724 days ago
    You are so good about blogging when you need to "get out of your own head". I like that about you. Lot's of times we give ourselves excuses for why we gave in here or there. But when I see you blogging instead of eating your frustrations I see a great strength that you have.
    I hope you have a wonderful trip. You have done so well on your weight loss journey that I have no doubt that you will keep in mind the foods/portions that have gotten to this point without having to plug it all in.
    1724 days ago
    ok just STOP and read your own blog! You lost FOUR pounds last week - and experience has taught me that after a big loss my body tries to grab some back. Its only water retention and if I'm lucky its gone in a week, but it DOES happen!

    The other thing is your food choices. More than calories matter. Go back and check your nutrition feedback. Were you a little high on sodium or carbs? Or were you perhaps LOWER on those the week before? It can make a LOT of difference - even overnight. And in my experience when I'm retaining water it takes more than a day of healthy eating and drinking plenty of water to bring it back down.

    And finally - Sedona and the Grand Canyon!! OH YEAH! I LOVE both places and there is GREAT hiking in both places. Take your hiking shoes and poles and enjoy the heck out of both places!! And if you have time be sure to stop by the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona - it is so beautiful and the acoustics in it are amazing!! Here's the web site if you aren't familiar with it.

    I don't have to tell you to have a great time because I know you will! Just relax, watch your portions, and enjoy all nature has to offer!!
    1724 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/31/2013 2:23:58 PM
    I have faith in YOU.

    You have been tracking long enough to know what to eat, how much to eat and the exercise too. YOU know this stuff.

    But if you need to track... take along a little notebook and write everything down...

    Journal your vacation eats and exercise...
    the When and What and How Much...
    The journal will help you see what you are doing. or not, and help you keep yourself honest with yourself.

    Have a great vacation. Love yourself and your time traveling.
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Audra
    1724 days ago
  • AELI2468
    One suggestion: even though you don't have internet access, there is so much research that just the act of writing everything you eat down will help curb what you eat. So take a journal with you and write everything down. You won't know exactly how much you are taking in, but it will give you some accountability.

    I went to an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica a few months ago, and that was a strategy that allowed me to basically maintain during my trip.

    Also, I lived in Phoenix for 5 years, and if you have a chance, go to Los Dos Molinos in Phoenix (not sure if you are getting down that far).
    Also, a day-trip drive through Jerome and over to Prescott (pronounced press-kit) is a beautiful time.
    But definitely ENJOY the scenery! lots of great hiking in that area!

    1724 days ago
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