I didn’t do the 5K on Thanksgiving Day. I’ve gained 3 pounds. I’ve stopped walking again. In a nutshell – I’m struggling.
I still have my goals: to get down to 160 pounds and to run a 5K. I just seemed to have lost my way over the last few weeks.
I think it’s normal to have times of struggle on any long journey, and let’s face it – this is not only a long journey, it’s a life-long journey! So many times I started “dieting” to lose weight without really considering long-term goals. My dieting goals were short-term to say the least. “Let’s diet and lose some weight!” End of story. Happily ever after, right?
What happens after happily ever after?
Do you think Cinderella and her prince lived the rest of their lives without a struggle? I’m quite sure that she got irritated at him for leaving the toilet seat up and he at her for buying so many glass slippers!
This is also an emotional struggle for me. I’m coming to face the realization that I can never again eat the way I once ate and get away with it! It saddens me to know that I cannot eat anything I want, any time I want without paying the price. Last week was my birthday, Thanksgiving, a wedding shower and I was at a friend’s home for 3 days (meaning that I was out of my comfort-zone). I ate freely! I enjoyed new foods! I tried cake pops (yum!) and I had pizza and bread sticks at 10:00 pm.
I gained 3 pounds, and felt sick to my stomach all night after eating that pizza.
It will likely take me 3 weeks to undo that damage.
So…like it or not, I have to make these changes a permanent fixture in my life, or I’ll gain back the 55 pounds that I’ve lost and I WILL NOT allow that to happen.
- Eat healthfully the majority of the time and splurge only occasionally.
- Drink more water than anything else.
- Get up of my butt and move it to lose it!
- Eat more lean protein, vegetables and fruit.
- Be prepared.
- Understand there are consequences to pay for over-indulging and be OK with that if I make that decision.
It sounds so simple, huh?