Report: Weigh-in date Friday, November 2, 2012. Weight 270. Up 2.0. Total lost to date, 30 pounds. Will things ever be normal again???
Alright, we might as well face it. Normal is probably over until after the holidays.
My back and hip feel much better and I was looking forward to getting back to my regular habits. Then she showed up! Sandy! I lost half of my workout time, was limited in what I could eat, and to top it off Halloween brought candy into the house. The result was a disastrous week as far as losing weight is concerned.
We were very lucky in the storm. No damage, no flooding, no power outages. Just lots of rain and wind. Work was closed for two days and the State told us to stay off the roads. Driving to the gym was out of the question. I exercised at home some, but I don’t have the resources there like I do at the gym.
I’d say next week will be better, but Election Day is Tuesday and I’m always very interested in that. However, I’ll be able to get to the gym regardless, so maybe next week will be more successful.
I refuse to agonize over this little setback. Some of what happened was in my control, but much of it was not. I’ve always said to not let a temporary stumble get you down, and I meant it. It’s just time for me to take my own advice. The important thing is to get back on the plan and go forward from here.
This is also a good time to do a little thinking ahead. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. I can speak for no one but myself, but my experience tells me that it isn’t the holiday meals that are the plan breakers – it’s the little things that pop up in my path unexpectedly. Holiday snacks are notoriously heavy – fudge, cookies, candy – and they show up when I least expect them – on my kitchen counter when I get home from work, in my office lobby or the kitchen area in my department, even in the middle of my desk!
It isn’t going to be easy (I have a rather pronounced sweet tooth), but I’m determined to keep this snacking to a minimum. If you also feel like society is declaring war on your weight loss efforts, remember that the holidays are to be celebrated. Don’t make yourself skip all the goodies. Know what your favorites are and limit yourself to very small portions of just those couple of things you really like. Personally, I save my indulgence for white chocolate.
Having a goal helps as well. I have a medical appointment on 11/30 and I’d like to be down to a certain weight by then, so I’ll be watching what I eat closely.
So here’s hoping we get some normalcy on the way to Thanksgiving. Whatever happens, we will all hang in there for each other!
Until next week….