I can’t say that I am terribly surprised by the fact that this week I showed a gain. Last week, in the days before Thanksgiving, I tried to add in extra walking time. Thanksgiving hit, and while it wasn’t the massive array of food that is the norm for a family spread, it was far more than we usually eat and far richer fare than normal.
But that’s okay, it was a holiday and to be honest, I’m okay with that.
Usually the holidays have me fearful of any gain but the truth is, this year Thanksgiving was the big she-bang. My holiday weight gain usually comes from constantly nibbling at bite sized offerings during a series of parties. And from taste testing all of the cocktails in the annual ‘who can make a better holiday cocktail’ contest. This year the contest is virtual, which greatly limits the calories down to what I have on my side of the camera. And any holiday parties being held will likewise be virtual and therefore the trays of deliciousness will be absent.
While I mourn the creative nibbles and exciting tastes (yes we compete with food as well as drink in my circle of family and friends) It does meant that weight wise, the pressure of the season is not as great as usual. It is sort of my silver lining with the long distance holidays. Because let’s face it, looking for a silver lining really helps with knowing you won’t see those you love. (clearly I’d rather see them for the holiday and risk the weight, but that isn’t an option, so silver lining it is.)
Plus focusing on the positives, like the lower holiday calorie count, or being able to bank the money I’d normally spend in travel or actually decorating my own home for the holidays instead of not bothering because I won’t be here, does help keep me from focusing on the negatives. As does the thought of the massive family blow out that will no doubt occur once we are able to once again see each other in person. While I may not be by nature be the world’s greatest optimist, this is one of those times where looking for that silver lining is actually beneficial. I still maintain the right to grouse darkly when the instructor on the workout vid is smiling brightly during a torturous exercise.
This week I can blame the gain in part, on the left overs. We sliced, diced and repackaged everything all week for our meals (barring the one surprise take out meal) so now, the fridge is barren of the highly caloric once again. Food will get back to normal again.
This week I missed out on several of my walks, which didn’t help. I know I have been planning to schedule more than just my walks in my work out and to set up an indoor work out schedule, but I kept putting it off because the weather was so nice. This weekend there will be a good hard schedule re-think and Just to keep myself on track, the Daily post may be getting some additional work out details. I managed to stay on track better if I know I have to report what I’m doing.
All of that is a long winded way of saying I am pretty sure I know why I gained the weight this week, it wasn’t unexpected and it will soon be coming right back off again.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 214.8 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 216.2 lbs
Change this week: + 1.4 lbs
Lost thus far: 29.8 lbs
As always, there is the reminder of the two things I need to always keep in mind throughout this journey. I don’t know if any of you are in the same boat but if you are, perhaps what I have to tell myself will help you too.
One, I am I trying to lose weight to improve the quality of my life, not building a diet to sideline my life.
And two, when you get knocked down, you get back up. EVERY TIME. It’s only when you stop trying that you fail.
Remembering both of those puts things into perspective for me and helps me as I move forward and continue my weight loss journey. It doesn’t make th 1.4 lbs weight gain any prettier, but it does help me keep it in perspective. Life happens regardless of plans. And sometimes, you just have to accept that.