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slippery slope

Sunday, February 23, 2014

You know how when we start to get healthy that we institute changes a bit at a time? Been there, done that. I tracked. I stayed in my fat, carb and protein ranges. I tracked my fitness too. I joined challenges, faithfully checking in, recording progress. I drank my 8 cups of water, did my 5 freggies, and then some. Every step built on another.

But, guess what. The reverse is also true. First, I started including my coffee in my 8 cups of water. I still lost a small amount of weight. I started having daily sweets.........within my calorie/fat/carb/protein ranges. I was still doing 5 freggies, but not the extra ones.

I stopped doing my daily blog. Even after tinasw called me on it, I still didn't post. I was getting tired by the end of the day, and sleep was more important than posting blogs, or even posting on my challenges. I noticed I was dropping below my protein range. Hmm. My calories were being used up with my sweets, though the calories were within my guidelines.

I was still doing fitness, but not as many minutes. I had been between 100 and 120 daily minutes....30 to 45 of those aerobic. My sessions were 30 to 45 minutes each, spread throughout the day...divided between my treadmill on an incline, my elliptical, and a stationary bike in front of the TV. First I shortened the treadmill workout. (Too cold in the basement.) In return, I lengthened the elliptical session. Then I dropped the treadmill. Then I shortened the elliptical session, too. Before long, I was watching TV without riding the stationary bike.

Yet, my weight was stable. So, by taking one small step at a time, I was drinking less water, eating more sugar, eating less fruits and veggies, less protein. And, gradually I was no longer in range for my fats, not even close. My cravings were back. What's up with that? Yesterday I got on the scale. Half a pound gain. Today was my day to weigh and record it. I was up about 1 and a quarter pounds.
Note, none of this was a binge. I did not all of a sudden stop my healthy eating, nor my exercising. Just as I started my plan with minor changes, I fell off my plan the same way.
I hope to catch myself right this minute. Step a blog. Step two, drink some water. Step three, get more fitness minutes this evening.
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