November 12, 2012

Fa La La La Let's Not Gain Weight This Holiday Season

I'll confess it out loud: I am the queen of holiday weight gain.

Perhaps most people start their holiday eating downfall at Thanksgiving. Mine starts much earlier: Halloween. Candy everywhere. I have zero willpower against a mini Hershey's bar. We dumped the remains of our candy into the last few lucky trick-or-treater's bags; however, my son still came home with a load. We kept a few "special occasion" treats and put them in a place that is significantly difficult for me to reach. Then there is work. Everyone seemed to have brought their extras in and are placed ever so strategically so I have to walk by it every time I go to the printer. Since I didn't post any Halloween pics... this sounds like the right time to show you the awesomeness that was our costumes this year:
Zombie Plastic Surgeon 

My best friend. I gave her a special face lift. 

I'll leave you with a cute Ninja Turtle. 

After a busy week and weekend filled with much more eating out than I care to do, I stepped on the scale this morning. Ouch. I have exceeded my weight threshold by 5 pounds (now 10 pounds over my goal) and must get back in action before the slide goes any further.

I freaking love holiday food. Cookies. Chex Mix. Candies. You name it. I love it. However: I will not let this holiday season get the best of me. I will not let this holiday season ruin my hard work.

I am so glad that I decided to use Weight Watchers as a tracking mechanism. I knew that reaching my goal weight wasn't going to mean I could let go of the tools I used to get there. I clearly cannot be trusted to be left alone. I tracked my weekend food this morning and I was shocked at how many awful choices I made when I clearly thought I was being "good". Frankly, I deserve to gain weight after my hideous weekend. Yikes. Tracking is SO important. No matter which tool you use whether it is Weight Watchers, SparkPeople, My Fitness Pal or just a plain old notebook just write down what you eat! Be accountable!

I also need to figure out my fitness. Yes, I'm running in a 5K fun run on Thanksgiving so I have to stay active if I want to be able to walk for the rest of the day next Thursday (okay... Thanksgiving is next Thursday? WTF time. Slow down already!). I am the CLASSIC example of the theory: Oh, I worked out so now I can eat like a pig. I must get rid of that mentality. Immediately.
My Running Buddy- At the Monster Dash
My initial reaction to my weight gain this week was wanting to run back to Medifast. That is not the answer for me. I NEED to learn how to deal with this in the real world. Don't get me wrong, Medifast was excellent at helping me lose a mass amount of weight, but for a measly 5-10 pounds? I must be able to do this on my own eating real food.

So what's my plan you ask?

  • TRACK TRACK TRACK. I've already blown through my points allowance this week, so I have to be on point every day if I don't want to see the scale creep up anymore. If I can remain honest with tracking, I should be able to make it through the holidays relatively unscathed. 
  • WORKOUT. While I don't have time to sit down with a trainer this week (and realistically, it probably won't happen until the new year), I know what to do. As I discovered yesterday, running outside when it is cold as hell out is not my gig. My lungs STILL hurt today after yesterday's 2 mile jaunt. I was actually thinking about starting the 5k-10k training program via treadmill to just SEE what I'm capable of. My friend really wants to do the Women Rock 10K next summer and I need to know what I'm able to do (19 minute mile is their minimum... I run an 11 min/mile 5K... not sure what a 10K will look like). Anyway... I digress... I plan to work out a minimum of 30 minutes every stinking day until I am under my threshold and then commit to a 5 day a week plan. Sound brutal? Well... it should be. I know better. Now I need to make up for it. More importantly, fitness needs to be a regular, routine part of my life if I hope to keep the weight off. 
  • DRINK WATER. Since starting my job downtown, I have been inundated with a Caribou or Starbucks in nearly every skyway in this city. Admittedly, my coffee/caffeine consumption has tripled. It started out with my fascination of the Northern Lite Dark Chocolate Mocha (which boasts upwards of 200 calories or something nutzo like that) to being a little smarter and just filling up my mug with dark roast (FYI, I bought a new travel mug while waiting in line... I kid you not this thing keeps my coffee smokin' hot all day long). While I do get 60oz of water in as a daily average, I could probably be drinking much, much more and I intend to do so. 
I'm serious about training for a 10K. Don't laugh (I'm laughing...) :) Who has some training recommendations? Websites? iPhone apps? Help!



2 comments:

  1. Hi Joanne! I stepped up my fitness this past summer by trying the Insanity:Asylum fitness series. It's a super tough one, I probably wouldn't start there if I were you, but Team Beachbody has an incredible suite of products that could work for you. I'm currently doing the Chalean Extreme 90-day challenge, it's a strength training program.

    More importantly, you can get connected with other people who have similar fitness goals through their website. Sorry if I sound like a salesperson, but I can honestly say I am in the best shape of my life right now, and only getting better! I actually look forward to my workouts, and I used to HATE to workout I always felt silly doing them in front of a TV. But it works because I know I've got friends in their own living rooms, doing the same thing.

    Check it out. www.teambeachbody.com

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Jenny! You are one of several who are doing Team Beachbody and seeing results so I'm definitely intrigued. I have to start cross training if I ever have hopes of being successful (aka. completing) at a 10K or 10 mile. I will check it out- thanks for the tip!

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