This week I focused more on trying to maintain a schedule than anything else. I was moderately successful. To my absolute delight, all of the weight I put on over Thanksgiving came right off again. Even though the stats below list the changes from last week, if you look at the post from the Friday before Thanksgiving it is the exact same weight (I went back and checked).
While it may seem like I am standing still with those numbers it actually gives me hope. It means that I may have added weight when I indulged over the holiday, but that weight didn’t stay. While Christmas and New Year’s Eve will be less indulgent, mostly because we don’t usually do a giant feast at either time in my house, there will still be upcoming holiday indulgences.
The meals while not as massive in scope will be richer fare than we usually eat. For example, since New Year’s Eve is an at home celebration then I will be making Beef Wellington so that we have a more elevated meal than our every night dinners. There may even be ‘gasp’ candles on the table along with a good bottle of red. With champagne to follow later that night of course. It is after all New Year’s eve.
While still calorie laden and celebratory, it easier to control the portion size than it is at Thanksgiving. With Thanksgiving so many of the traditional family recipes are meant to feed twelve or more people so that even with cutting the ratios down we ended up with left overs for an entire week. While we haven’t talked about Christmas dinner yet, like New Years it will be an elevated from our usual meal type of dinner, rather than an attempt to get all of the traditional favorites on one table at the same time.
And yes, my weight will probably fluctuate because of that. However, if I was able to take Thanksgiving off again, I will be able to deal with the rest. And as the next extravagant meal is Valentine’s day, followed by Easter I should be fine. Especially as after Easter there are no more food themed holidays until next Thanksgiving.
So I have hope for combating any holiday weight gain and plan to hit January feeling strong and settled into a routine that I can maintain well before it comes time to make New Year’s resolutions. I love when my resolution where health and fitness is concerned can be boiled down to just – keep doing what I’m doing – rather than making an unrealistically optimistic plan for what I will do over the course of the coming year. In the past I have made unrealistic goals for fitness in the future and then been very disappointed when I couldn’t reach them. This year I am setting up my routine for the new year well in advance so there is no New Year’s pressure. I’ll make other resolutions, but they won’t be related to weight (other than to continue losing it). I’m sure some of them will be unrealistic too, because I always feel overly optimistic at the start of a new year. But it won’t deal with my weight.
Upcoming resolutions aside, I am confident of whittling even more excess weight from my frame.
Hope and confidence aren’t a bad way to start a Friday.
Let’s look at the Stats:
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 214.8 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 216.2 lbs
Lost this week: 1.4 lbs
Lost thus far: 31.2 lbs
I am very pleased with myself this morning. There may be a few times I had to adjust my workout plans because reality intruded in the form of sore thigh muscles and an overly long conference call. But the holiday weight came off and I know that even if my upcoming celebratory moments aren’t exactly diet friendly, I can work to make certain they are not permanent additions to my body and merely temporary visitations of weights past.
Not exactly Charles Dickens, but good enough for me.
Now all I have to do is find a good pair of walking shoes and I am set. while I have been using the New Balance for several years (I go through about one pair every three months because i walk holes in the soles) I think it might be time to try something new. I’m getting close to the halfway mark of using the pair I’m wearing now so if I start looking into them now, then i can have a new set waiting in the wings instead of panic ordering the same set of shoes once I see the rubber starting to wear down to foam. The problem is that since I don’t need them yet, I push it off to the back burner.
If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. I’m just going to be pulling up websites and looking at reviews to pick my next choice. I’ll of course test them out here and show you how they perform compared to the New Balance. I’m just not sure which shoes to choose. I’ll add any suggestions you send to my research list. And as I do go through walking shoes several times a year, this might actually be an ongoing request as I search for my new favorite pair. So if something occurs to you well after this gets posted, still, send me a message. I suspect it will be a working list for quite a while to come.