Saturday, January 1, 2011

Thoughts for Today

I was inspired by Jen at Prior Fat Girl to re-think why I started my whole weight loss journey. This has been weighing heavily (no pun intended) on my mind lately.

Most of you know that I reached my goal weight about 3 weeks ago. Since then, I have spiralled out of control. Not quite understanding why though. I mean I was dieting last year during the holidays and did just fine. As a matter of fact from Thanksgiving until Christmas 2009, I lost 9.8 pounds. I was walking down the path of destruction.

I am ashamed to even put this out there. But in the past 2 weeks, I gained 5.4 pounds. How did I let this happen? Honestly, I can tell you how. Chocolate chip cookies, gingerbread cookies, cupcakes, fudge. Anything sweet I could get my grubby paws on. Well, factor in a little a bit of stress and you have a recipe for destruction.

Seriously, I think I was also testing myself. I mean, the goal weight is what we have in our sights for so long, right? So excited to reach it. I will finally be done. NOT. Gaining that much weight so fast, I had a big reality check. Just because I reached my goal weight doesn't mean I am done. This just proved to me that this IS a lifelong change. Finally, I found it somewhere inside me to get my act together again. So pulling myself up by the boot straps, I managed to get back on track.

With so many things out of control in my life, I believe I started my weight loss journey because it is the ONE thing that I really can control.


  1. They don't tell you that maintenance is a million times harder than dieting, but I think it is! I lost a lot of weight and was really happy, doing pretty well with maintenance, but then hit a VERY stressful time in my life and things took a sour turn. I wasn't even eating that badly, but I wasn't watching it closely and it seemed like the stress just took over anyway. Honestly, five pounds is not that bad in the grand scheme of things and you'll always have a little variation in your weight. Be kind to yourself and enjoy working the five back off! The dogs will be thrilled if you take them out for a few extra walks. You'll have it back off before you know it!

  2. Maintenance is so tough, and I know about losing control. I lost a good deal of weight, and then I started to put it back on when I decided I needed a Starbuck's Hot Chocolate daily. You can imagine! Do the math after a few months of that. I have managed to knock some of it back off, but I have a ways to go! So I'm proud of you for sticking to your guns. Catch it now before it catches you because you look WONDERFUL!


    Sheila :-)