Now that I am feeling better, I have so much more energy and am starting to get back on track. I have not yet really had enough energy to get off the couch and start exercising again, but that will change this week. I lost a pound, putting me back down to where I was when this whole fiasco of weight gain started two weeks ago. It felt good to see that when I stepped on the scale today that things were returning to normal. The bad part is that I hate losing weight that I have already lost before, but I have to stop beating myself up about it and just remember that a loss is a loss.
While at my Weight Watchers meeting today we discussed the importance of making and keeping goals. I have an overall goal of losing at least 100 pounds, but through today’s discussion, I am reminded that I need to keep my goals more realistic. This does not mean lower my goal or even forget about it because the number seems way to lofty, but rather chop it up into smaller chunks so that they are easier to achieve. The suggestion from the meeting today was to look at the idea that Thanksgiving is eight weeks away and to set a realistic goal of how much you think you can lose in that time period. The idea is to feel better about who I am, what I look like, and what I have achieved before going into the most stressful time of year: the holiday season. The main suggestion was to lose 4 pounds in the 8 weeks. To me that appears too easy, so here I go making it more difficult, but hopefully more challenging for me at the same time. I want to lose 8-10 pounds before Thanksgiving.
In order to achieve this, I promise to take the following action steps that I have been letting slide by for the past couple of weeks:
- I will not drink my calories. This means that when I order tea or make tea at home that I can’t even put a teaspoon full of sugar in it. That costs me a point and I don’t want to waste my points on my drinks.
- Earn at least 40 activity points each week. Normally I have been earning around 30 without working out. This is because my normal routine includes walking up 4 flights of stairs several times of day and not sitting down for sometimes up to 6 hours while I am teaching my students. If I raise the expectation by 10 points, it forces me to work out at least 2-3 times each week.
- Track my food. I have not done this in weeks, maybe even more than a month. I count my points in my head and think I have everything, but I know that I miss things and don’t always have the correct numbers.
If I can stick to all three of these things for the next 8 weeks, I know that I can cross off that next small goal on my list. I have to think of this as slow and steady wins the race versus a Kentucky Derby where the fastest horse wins. If I take the weight off nice and slow rather than racing through this, there is a greater chance that I will put back on the weight again.