Boo, Gobble, Ho…

The holidays are extremely challenging when it comes to weight loss efforts. There is so much great food around, that staying on plan becomes difficult. Right now, in my kitchen there is a lovely apple pie and sitting in my freezer is a full tub of creamy full-fat vanilla ice cream. I am going to a family function tomorrow and this is my contribution ( I’m also bringing fresh fruit salad).

Something is working though, because I am down another 1.4 pounds! This is the fourth week in a row that I have gone down on the scale. Down, during a time of year when I usually go up. My WW coach refers to this time of year as the Bermuda Triangle, the time between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and December Holidays. So actually experiencing success right now is especially sweet.

I’m doing this, 100% I’m in it to get results and it’s working, and that’s just what I wanted this year.

Mind Over Cookies…

Since it’s the day before holiday recess, I attended a nice festive breakfast during a meeting today. There was a great healthy option, Fage Fat Free Greek Yogurt with a nice fruit salad. It was really delicious. One of my friends had baked homemade cookies, and I decided that I would eat three (seriously they were tiny bite sized cookies). They were also delightful. Then I looked across the table at some bakery cookies that were cut up into wedges. Before I knew it, I kept looking at them, and all of a sudden I recognized what was happening, the want was back!

The only difference is something amazing happened, once I recognized it – it was quickly diminished. It was kind of freakish, it just went away. Maybe I’ve learned something extremely helpful through my challenging day yesterday. Not only didn’t I eat more cookies I said, “No thank you” to all of these foods:

I am thinking about my WW workshop tomorrow. I did not make my goal to get more sleep and activity. I think my time away from school will help me get my activity mojo going. I’m not giving up on that goal, I just need some more time to make it happen. I do think I’ll go down on the scale, but if I don’t I will try not to be discouraged because really, I’m proud of myself either way.

The Want…

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to get through that moment of, “I want..” It doesn’t matter what the “want” is, not really, the real problem is the feeling that comes with it. When the “want” comes on, it feels feels bigger and stronger than me. This happened to me tonight, I had that frustrating pull of “I want some candy.” I have candy in the house, and I kept thinking about it. I was able to keep it together until the moment passed.

Now that I am released from my desire to eat candy, really that sounds crazy, what is next? How do I learn from this experience? I think now that I fully lived in the moment of “want”, that I named it and let myself acknowledge its power – I can recognize it when it comes around again. This will happen again, and if I expect it maybe it will be easier next time. Maybe this is the thing I have to learn to get over my hump and make it back to goal.

So if you’re reading this post, and anything rings true with your own experiences, you know you are not alone. If you are feeling challenged, or if you are really struggling, it’s not your fault. This is hard, but your “why” is strong enough, you can do it.

Happy to be Home…

It was a weird day. I was starving and I ate my sandwich by 9:30 in the morning! I knew that decision had potential for trouble, but the day got very busy and I managed to pace myself with the rest of my lunch. Then after a quick drop-in at Stop and Shop, I cooked some turkey chili and quinoa. It was ok, and even better than that – it was quick and easy.

The holidays are making their way closer and closer and I’m feeling it. In my mind, I imagine what I want to look like, how I want to feel, and I know that I probably won’t be there. I’m not down on myself, I’m proud of my accomplishments. I am maintaining significant weight loss, and I am not that far from Lifetime. However, part of me is bothered that I allowed myself to lose my focus and be in this position. I have to keep reminding myself that this is a process and I’m learning as I go.

Spin at 5:15 am tomorrow, so I’m off to bed. Keep positive, be happy with yourself where you are right now. I promise I’m going to try to do the same.

A Little Goal Goes a Long Way..

Accomplishing a goal feels amazing! Today I did just that – 14 days no desserts, cookies, or sweets. It feels really good to know that I set a goal and achieved it. It’s especially true when I’m working on a bigger goal – getting back to Lifetime status.

Day 14! I did it!

A little goal goes a long way. The new goal is get to bed earlier and to get activity. I didn’t do that today… but I’ll try again tomorrow. Resilience, persistence, optimism, and patients. I’ll get there.

Hello Halo…

We had professional development today. With professional development comes snacks. The holidays are getting closer, the pressure is on, and everywhere I look I see some degree of challenge. Despite all of this, I am still on plan, and here are some great choices I made today:

  1. I drank lots of water.
  2. I snacked on halos instead of candy.
  3. I ordered a salad and got my salad dressing on the side.
  4. I packed a healthy lunch for tomorrow.
  5. I prepped vegetables to have on hand in the refrigerator.
  6. I remembered to breathe when I was feeling stressed.
  7. I monitored internal hunger cues today.
  8. I signed up for a spin class for tomorrow.
  9. I selected fruit instead of cake for dessert.
  10. I accepted a complement about my weight loss.

A word of advice, we don’t always have to live in the struggle. We can take a break from all that and just count all the good decisions we make along the way. Sometimes it’s just nice to acknowledge the good stuff.

Day 13 in the books!

Everyone Needs Love…

There were some landmines today with my Sugar Free challenge. We went to my favorite bakery and I didn’t get a cookie. I looked at them from the other side of the glass and some people did eat them. Not me, and I’m happy about that accomplishment. The next landmine? When I was at Trader Joe’s they were giving away little slices of lemon cake. It looked goo, but I just said, “I can’t, my sugar free challenge is still going on.” So I kept my resolve not once but twice.

Day 12

I’m going to start my activity and sleep challenge. I want to get at least three days of activity in for the week, and I want to go to bed each night no later than 10:30 pm or 9:30 pm (if I’m planning to get some activity before work). This would be a good 6 – 7 hours of quality sleep. I think that’s just what I need consistent quality sleep and some activity that will help give me that extra boost.

Well, readers, I think I’m fading. I have to say, “Good night. I’ll see you in the morning. :

The Days of Wine & Cookies…

I lost 1 pound this week! This is a huge accomplishment and I am happy to be heading back towards Lifetime status. Any challenge in life is meant to change us. So I have to ask myself, What are you learning on your way back to goal? This what I’m thinking about:

  1. No matter how great I am doing, I will never be done with this, and I need to expect struggle as well as success along the way.
  2. Lasting weight loss stems from healthy food choices, regular activity, and a growth mindset believing I can learn and change.
  3. There is no one “right way” to do this well and I can work on being flexible because how I do it will change over time.
Day 11 – 3 more till I reach my goal!

Workshop gave me a lot to think about today. Many people shared about dealing with all the parties, holiday visits, and cookie swaps. We celebrated each other as we shared the choices we made, so we remained on plan:

  1. Grilled chicken instead of a hamburger
  2. Eating at home prior to the party so she’s not famished.
  3. An apple instead of ice cream.
  4. Some grapes instead of cookies.
  5. Drinking water instead of wine.

I could understand it if when other people read this list they might be thinking, “Oh that’s so sad. These people are missing out on the fun.” Untrue. I say amazing! These people had fun, and made intentional choices so they may accomplish their goals. That is to be admired not pitied. It also would be just fine if someone decided to eat cookies instead of grapes. WW is teaching us how to live our lives in the real world, lose weight, and be healthier. So keep at this, take some time to tinker with the program whether you’re “Green” “Blue” or “Purple” see what foods satisfy you. Be really interested in you and your progress. You can do it!

Healthy Holiday…

The holiday rush is in full fledged freak out mode. I find myself running around with a constant mild hum of anxiety running beneath every decision. I do love this time of year, but it’s also stressful. I have to regroup tomorrow and see where I stand in terms of gifts, and making arrangements for parties and family get togethers.

So it’s no wonder that between the holiday rush, work, and family I have been missing my spin classes. I’ve been staying up too late working and so I have to cancel because I just can’t do it all on three or four hours of sleep. The next challenge I’m going to take on once my Sugar-Free Challenge is done is bedtime routines and regular activity.

I combine bedtime and activity because I really can’t have one without the other. I think creating a challenge to keep it consistent is really going to help me get through this beautiful albeit stressful time of year. Speaking of which tomorrow is my weigh-in day and I”m hoping for a positive outcome. I really did my best this week. I’m proud of my efforts and even if I don’t get a good number on the scale I hope I’ll be satisfied with what I did accomplish.

Day 10 – got it!

Stalls & Momentum…

Sometimes I feel like I need to be further along than I am. I feel like I’m working really hard at my weight loss goals and I wonder if my results are as good as they could be on the scale. Then, I feel as though I deserve to be closer to my goal. I call this a stall. The motor isn’t running and I’m just sitting there in negativity.

Day Nine is the bag!

Sometimes I feel like I have this weight loss journey all figured out. I am in the zone, and that I”m doing everything perfectly right. I feel myself changing and I am getting great results. It almost feels effortless. When that happens I feel powerful and strong on this journey. I am picking up speed and there is no turning back. I call this momentum.

I’ve come to expect both of these situations on my journey. If I know that they are both part of the process I don’t have to worry about losing one or finding myself in the other. It’s just all part of it – I’m learning more each day. In many ways I am grateful for this journey because I am coming to know myself better and better.