I came so close to not even weighing in this week. I knew I would have a gain (see Monday's blog). How could I not gain?
1) I experimented making shot glass sized pumpkin cheesecakes. Yeah, hubby took the leftovers to work, but I had to taste test them to make certain I wouldn't kill anyone.
2) baked cookies for a Halloween party my kiddo went to. Okay, admittedly making 6 types of cookies was a little over the edge, but I haven't baked in so long that I was really enjoying it. Plus, I had to taste test the cookies before I allow strangers to eat them, right?
3) Okay, I went a little crazy with the baking when I made my Blue Ribbon Cinnamon Rolls. In my defense, I have only eaten one out of the entire batch.
4) Hubby opened the Halloween candy to mix the various varieties together. He did this on Sunday night. Lordy, next time I need to tell him NOT to do it UNTIL the kids come to the door! Yes, I ate more Tootsie Rolls and Dots than is humanly possible. It wasn't until I was giving out candy did I hit the chocolate stuff. Not a stellar moment in my life. But he took the rest of the candy to work and I won't touch my kidlet's candy, so I'm good.
5) I didn't track my food. I kept track of it until afternoon every day, but then it all fell apart. Which means I ate more points than allowed from about 4 PM onward.
Okay, confession is over with, what was the damage?
Net weight gain of +1.6 lbs. Not as bad as I expected, which was 2 lbs.
My weight loss total is back to 30.8 lbs. This is still a good loss, but the key is not to have another gain week. There were only two things that I did right:
1) I walked daily--with darkness falling earlier, I haven't been able to get my second walk in as much as I would have liked.
2) I drank my water
That's it. I didn't get all my fruits and veggies, instead I substituted 'other' stuff, and my intestinal track paid the price. Trust me, you do NOT want further explainations!
Here's my plan:
1) force myself to track my food intake/exercise
2) drink at least 6 glasses of water/day
3) eat 5-6 servings of fruit and veg daily
4) remove sugar, flour and fried foods from my diet . . . again. I had been slowly adding these to my intake, but now I must start over at the beginning to get on track again.
For me, this is a good start point plan.
It's up to us to adjust and rethink how we approach the challenges surrounding our weight loss.
Just like life, this is a journey NOT a destination and sometimes we lose our way for a little bit. Every year, Halloween will happen. Holidays will happen. Celebrations will happen.
What we must do is take everything we learn, and what we learn from others, and apply the techniques that will help us on our journey. What works for me might not work for you, but all you have to do is be open to try new methods or suggestions.
Here's to virtually seeing less of you next week!