My New Word for the Year
Saturday, December 28, 2013
I am very excited about entering this New Year. It is the first time I can ever remember entering a year without having to resolve to lose weight. This time, I am resolving to maintain weight instead. That is super exciting to me!
My daughter always chooses a Word for the Year, and I thought I'd like to try that this year, as well. "Maintain" didn't sound like such a hot motto or theme for my year, though, so I kept thinking.
I only reached my goal weight a couple days before the Christmas holidays, and hadn't learned anything about how to maintain yet. I adjusted my nutrition tracker, and was aghast at the number of calories it said I should be eating. But I thought, well, Cool! That seems like a lot of food, but okay!
It didn't work. I immediately gained two pounds, and then Christmas Eve and Christmas came, and I didn't try to track on those days. When I weighed myself the day after Christmas I was very dismayed to find I was up SEVEN pounds! What dismayed me most, though, was to see how little self-control I had. I mean, I've just gotten done with six months of faithfully tracking nutrition and fitness, and losing weight consistently without screwing it up at all, and then I go off for a couple of days and find all my old bad habits come right back! Can't just enjoy ONE piece of fudge, oh no. Must eat ALL the fudge. For example. I do not like this aspect of myself, and that is what I want to work on changing in this coming year and my adventure of learning to maintain my weight.
After this disastrous beginning to my Maintenance adventure I asked some questions on the message boards and got very helpful advice. I joined a transitioning to maintenance team, and discovered the articles on how to maintain in the Lifestyle Center. These have been very helpful, and I now feel I have better info on how to go about this process. I will add back in a small amount of calories at a time, not the whole amount all at once, and see how my body adjusts.
One of the articles I read -- can't remember which one now -- talked about learning to eat just One of something and really SAVOR it. I decided then and there that I had found my theme word for the New Year: SAVOR! As a discipline, to try to change that glutton mentality that seems to be the natural state I revert to, where I want to gobble up ALL the sweets at once, I will focus on learning to just take one, and to nibble it slowly, think about and enjoy it to the max, Savor it. I think if I can master this one trick it will be the key to my long-term weight maintenance success.
I am happy to say that I successfully practiced this new "rule" I made for myself the past two days while my brother's family was here, having our "second Christmas" with them. It was hard, especially when everyone else around me was pigging out. But I felt so much better physically than I had the previous days when I had joined in the pigging out that it was totally worth it. And I'm also very happy to say that 5 of those nasty 7 pounds are already gone, so I will still enter the New Year in my maintenance range.
To anyone who may happen to read this, Happy New Year to you. What is your Word for the Year?