If there is one thing in my life which has always been a battle for me it would have to be living a healthy lifestyle. Since I was in third grade and started gaining weight, going from a skinny little girl to a size 16 by the time I got to high school, it has been a struggle to get my weight, and my life, under control. I have lost and gained more pounds than I can imagine over the years and now, at 30 years old, I am still about seventy-five pounds overweight. I tell you this little bit of background so that I can tell you about the traitorous thing the scale did to me this morning.
Every Wednesday I have a weigh-in scheduled for the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) that I am signed up for on www.SparkPeople.com . Now this past week I had honestly fooled myself into believing that today I would have a great weight loss on the scale today (totally forgetting about all the sweets that my alter-ego has been sneaking of course) so when I stepped on my balance board this morning and heard the scale on my Wii Fit Plus game tell me that I had gained 0.9lbs I was furious!!! After all I put in over 300 fitness minutes this past week and I was eating so good!!
Of course I know logically that my journey is bound to have it’s ups and downs. After all I did lose weight the past two weigh-ins in a row before this. Plus my gain was not even quite a whole pound and I know that it could have been so much worse than that. But of course when I saw that number all I could think about at the time was, “What is the point? I try and I try and I just can’t seem to get and stay below the 205 mark!” It didn’t take me long though before I realized that I had done this to myself. Over the course of the last week I allowed my alter-ego to indulge in about half of a turtle pie that my fiancé so sweetly picked up for us at the store on top of I don’t even know how many mini chocolate bars, etc. My “good eating” week really wasn’t as good as I led myself to believe and I know it. I am actually lucky that the damage wasn’t worse than it was.
So I decided to blog about it in the hopes that admitting my shortcomings here in public for all the world to see would help me to learn to be more accountable. I have come up with a plan for the next week to do my best to stay on track. There are four things I intend to do and I will list them here. Please feel free to check in on me to make sure I am holding to it!
1. I will not allow myself more than two sweet treats between now and my next weigh-in.
2. I will continue to drink a minimum of 8- 8 oz glasses of water each day.
3. I will exercise for at least 30 minutes 5 out of 7 days this week. (or more if I feel up to it)
4. I will make sure that I eat healthy portion sizes of ‘good-for-me’ foods and try to consume no more than 1600 calories a day.
Hopefully this simple list of things will help me to take off the weight that I gained this week (and hopefully even more) and get me back on track to becoming a leaner, fitter me! I know that I will stumble… but as long as I pick myself up and continue to move forward I know everything will be ok.