By Lisa Spodak (ResultsNotTypical@worldnow.com)
Provided by WorldNow
Week 13 Weigh In:
Change this week: -3 lbs.
Change overall: -36.5 lbs.
Week 14 Weigh In:
Change this week: +1 lbs.
Change overall: -35.5 lbs.
I had the best intentions going into the Memorial Day weekend, but never quite felt like I was hitting my stride and keeping strong. A cookie here... some chips there... too much cheese a little later. I just knew I'd record a gain at my weigh-in. And I did.
I looked back through my food journal and saw some holes where I'd decided at the end of the day that I didn't need to bother writing every little thing down. And I thought back over some recent nights out where I'd had a half a basket of tortilla chips instead of carefully counting out 12 of them or had a bag of pretzels to nosh on instead of some cherry tomatoes or baby carrots. Nothing too horrendously out of control by itself, but when added together...
So I decided to accept the fact that I'd slipped a bit, look forward instead of back, and just focus on the basics.
Which is more difficult than it seems like it should be!
Honestly, one of the biggest challenges I've faced since I started on my weight loss plan was to just keep going yesterday morning like nothing had changed. All I wanted to do after I weighed myself was climb back into bed, sleep for another hour, and have an Egg McMuffin and hashbrowns for breakfast.
But instead, I went to the gym. I had some hard-boiled eggs and strawberries for breakfast and a turkey sub from Subway for lunch. I had healthy snacks throughout the day and cooked a low-fat dinner at home with a friend. And already that one pound gain feels like it was days ago and was undoubtedly just a normal little blip in the graph of my weight loss.
If you've faltered a bit, here are a few things that are helping me get back on track:
As with all advice, some of this will work for you and some won't. The key is to find what will help you personally stay focused. If writing is your thing, consider a blog or even just a private journal. If you need more interaction, maybe joining a program and attending meetings will help. If not, do you have a friend or family member facing the same challenges? Arrange to meet once a week for a walk or coffee date to talk about how your week is going and support each other. Taking the time now to set up a support system for yourself will pay off over and over again as you move forward toward your goals.
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