A week of setbacks and what I plan to do about it.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

On my journey towards health, I've never had a perfect week where I ate what I meant to eat, in the amount I meant to eat, when I meant to eat it. Still, most weeks it has been two steps forward and one step back so that overall progress was made.

This week, however, it was more like one step forward, two steps back.

Who I am kidding? It was definitely three steps back. I ate high carb foods in big quantities and repeatedly broke down and ate when I should have been fasting. I've heard people talk about "cheat days", well I had a "cheat week."

As a result I'm a couple of pounds heavier than I was a week ago. I can't even claim that I have any deep insights into why it happened, only that it did.

So what am I going to do about it? We've all heard the saying that success comes down to falling down six times and getting up seven, and yes I plan to take that advice. In fact, I'm already back on track as of this morning and I'll let you know next week how I did.

And no, I don't plan on beating myself up over this. It happened, I can't take it back. So I'm not going to try anything extreme (home liposuction with a vacuum cleaner, a turkey baster and a pair of scissors anyone?), I'm simply going to get back on the horse.

But there is one thing that I plan to do differently than I have before. Looking back at past failures I notice that the beginning of the end for me was when I stopped weighing myself every day. Here's how it played out in my head, "Oh I know I messed up yesterday and the scale is going to show it. If I don't weigh myself, I won't have to see that incriminating number. I'll just be extra good today and then everything will be back to normal tomorrow."

It never worked. Putting my head in the sand led to a second bad day, and that turned into a bad week, a bad month and soon I was right back where I started. So this time I've been weighing myself every day as well as measuring my blood sugar. I don't beat myself up, but it's harder to slide when you face the numbers.

Wish me luck.
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    633 days ago
    Good luck.
    637 days ago
    Looking at the big picture, the huge amount of weight you've lost and the way you've beat back your diabetes, this is just a blip on the screen. I guess it might help to analyze what factors may have been at play, but maybe you just want to move on. These things happen and nobody's perfect.

    It's funny how different people are: I took my scale to the Goodwill after a month of IF and for me it was a good move - I used to play games where if I lost a couple of pounds I'd start treating myself too much and gain it back. Now I'm seven months in and I've had maybe two days a month where I eat junk. One thing I've found that is paramount is making sure I'm not getting bored with my healthy food. I put more time into keeping my menu interesting and varied now, because I know food boredom can lead to feeling restricted and when that happens I will eventually rebel.
    637 days ago
    I do the exact same thing. I know I'm in a downward spiral when I avoid the scale. When I'm doing well, I want to weigh myself every morning. Sometimes I weigh myself multiple times a day, even though the morning number is always lowest, just because I'm so darn pleased with myself. If I'm not doing that, I'm not doing right.

    Let's be awesome this week!

    637 days ago
    re-establish those patterns that work for you.

    637 days ago
    Yep, accountability helps to get back on track. I get the impulse to stop looking at what we know will be bad news, but good for you for getting back to it.
    637 days ago
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    Good luck, I know you can do it!

    I've had a similar "cheat week." All we can do is keep pluggin' away.
    637 days ago
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