We are now 3 weeks into the new year and I am struggling with my holiday weight gain and learning some valuable lessons in the process.
For some reason, when I went ballistic over the holidays with my eating, I didn't think it would be a big deal. 5 pounds? So what! I can lose that in a jiffy. Oh MY GOD. I was so wrong. As a matter of fact, despite my best efforts (seriously), I have even creeped up yet another couple pounds. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong.
It's not even so much the extra pounds... my clothes still fit okay (not great) and I've been working out like mad as I train for my 7K in March. It's the creeping up of the scale that has me concerned as well as old habits that are creeping back in. I'm a carb junkie. I fucking love bread and sugar- it amazes me the excuses I make with myself to have them.
Issue #1: I have a very difficult time controlling my cravings. While some of my cravings may be physical in nature, 90% of it is mental. Those of you on a weight loss plan or those who have food drama issues- do you ever find yourself having conversations in your head about your choices? Mine go like this:
"Oh, I'm just having one piece of candy, it's no big deal."
"I'm going to run like an animal for 45 minutes tonight. I can eat a big lunch."
"Nobody is looking. Quick. Grab another piece of chocolate!"
What. The. Hell. I have to break this cycle. I have to stop cheating. I have to stop this unhealthy behavior.
Issue #2: Crutches. Medifast is now a crutch. My first instinct when I fell outside of my acceptable weight range was to run back and start the 5 & 1 program again. Yes, they were the catalyst that allowed me to lose an excessive amount of weight and for that I am grateful; however, I cannot keep running back to Medifast because I can't control my eating outside of their program.
I MUST DO THIS with real food. I must learn how to eat. I must learn how to control what I eat. I must remain in the mindset that this is a lifelong commitment and I must not fall into old habits.
MY HEALTHY RESOLVE
I am a WeightWatchers Online member and I made the decision to make that a part of my healthy living commitment once I reached goal. Overall, it is basically the same concept as Medifast maintenance. But tracking my food can't just be something I do every once in awhile. I NEED to track every single day. I need to hold myself accountable for what I am putting in my mouth. I have zero self-control so this is a necessary part of my weight maintenance. Let me tell you folks: maintaining my weight has proven to be MUCH HARDER than losing it. I have been working very hard over the last week to pay attention to my hunger cues and recognize when and why I am eating. I have been doing a lot of journaling. My habits have been VERY eye opening.
While I continue to train for my running adventures in 2013 (currently training for the Get Lucky 7K on March 16 and planning to do the Women Rock 10K in August), it has become apparent that I need to start strength training/toning. My husband and I have been eyeing up the X91 Incline Fitness Trainer from Nordic Track- I cannot even TELL you how much this thing would improve my winter running training!! I have also decided to try the 30 Day Shred to see if that can help buff me up. Yes. I will take before and after pictures!! It's tough- I sometimes feel very physically wiped out after my runs, so incorporating strength is going to be a challenge. You know what though? I'm proud. Exercise has been a top priority in my life over the last year and I have done a great job of sticking with a regular routine.
My bestie and I just booked our calendars in July for a grown up girlfriend getaway to the Wisconsin Dells! There will be a pool. I will need to wear a swimsuit. In front of other humans. Motivation enough? I think so.
I am also having a relatively major surgery in the next few months with my impending partial hysterectomy. I need to be healthy so I can recover quickly. I don't want my recovery to be as long and arduous as the last surgery I had. I can't tell you how ready I am to get this over with so I can just move on with my life.
Even though I have found a very happy place within myself the last couple months, I found that it takes a lot to keep myself there. I get easily derailed. I have a difficult time trusting myself and others with my very delicate heart. When my confidence gets wounded, I fall off the track (ahem... emotional eating much?). I need to be forward about my needs and expectations with those I am closest. I need to be firm with myself about who I am. I need to rid my life of things that hurt or bring me down. Go back to my old mantra: Give it up when it stops being fun. However, that is much easier said than done as I prefer to put bandaids on things to try and make them better rather than throwing them out altogether (I AM a mom you know!). I have been struggling in this area and it is now time for me to put on my big girl pants and be the best me I can be without the crutch of other people. I've got this.
All of this said, I am committed and ready for a healthy 2013!!! Bring it on!!