I am not naturally slim - Journaled 11/29/07

Thursday, December 06, 2007

I am NOT naturally slim!
Why have I not been able to get this through my head in the three years since I retired? I have always been naturally slim, worked hard all my life and suddenly this life of leisure is sneaking the pounds on me. It must be the life - it couldn't be sampling all my Christmas baking could it? It couldn't be that suddenly I have free time to cook all the goodies, then am tired so have a hamburger or pizza for dinner rather than cooking a good meal? It couldn't be that when my friends say, 'you are so skinny, you can eat anything" that I believe them? I was even ready to accept the excuse that quitting smoking changes the metabolism and that was the reason for the weight gain - but - I know what I've been sticking in my mouth in place of smoking and that is the cause of the gain!

I have been on Maintenance since August. I knew one pound had snuck up on me and foolishly didn't get concerned! Part of Maintenance, right? Wrong! It invited a friend to join it and Wednesday when I weighed in, I am up two pounds. I've got to watch they don't mulitply and have a party around my waistline!

I know two pounds doesn't seem like a lot to many people with many pounds to lose, but those two pounds tend to multiply if we don't catch them as soon as they appear. It is so easy to be lax and think, 'My clothes still fit me fine. Two pounds doesn't make a lot of difference." This is the time of year with dinner invitations, parties, Christmas baking - good cheer, good fellowship and good food. "Just this once" becomes our mantra.

"Just this once" does add the pounds and they add up fast and come off slow. I should have learned this when it took me over seven months to lose 20 pounds and only two fun filled weeks to gain 2 pounds.

Right now, I feel like such a phony! I am a co-leader on "50+ with 10-24 pounds to lose". Sure, I can talk the talk, but when the Holidays arrived, I'm having trouble walking the walk! I was nominated as a Motivator by my peers - who is going to Motivate the Motivator?

I am back on track and doing extra exercises. The Christmas baking for the kids/grandkids/great grandkids is still going on but I do not need to taste test every thing I bake! I've made it for years - I know what it tastes like. Yesterday I started doing pushups, toe touches. a fast walk around the house - anything to keep out of the dough - while the cookies were baking. I set the cookies aside, gave DH a sample, then bagged them for the freezer until time to make up the Holiday plates.

I will get back to goal! It may be January 1 - but I'll lose this pesky two pounds that leaped on me while I was happily eating out, eating cookies, having a mixed drink and thoroughly enjoying my "slim" self!

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