I gained about 10lbs over the holidays. Yay me. I am keeping up with the statistics.
I’ve gotta admit, I was kind of scared to step back on the scale. I have pretty much ignored the scale since Halloween. Well, tried to ignore. There were plenty of times that I walked past the scale and sneaked a glance at it, just waiting for it to call me out on my negligence. Even though the scale didn’t yell at me, my conscience nagged at me a little.
The funny thing is, the 10lb weight gain didn’t happen over night. It happened gradually. First, with one bite of this and one bite of that. Then, I started skipping days of logging my food items. Finally, I stopped caring (just a little).
I found that when I am not logging my food items on a daily basis, it is easy for me to “play dumb” and ignore the quantities and calories that I am racking up. At first, I was still mindful of how many calories I was taking in. But then, after ignoring it long enough, I stopped mindfully eating altogether. I stopped logging and I stopped caring. Not because I wanted to gain the weight back… but because it was the holidays. So I figured, “eh. What the hell.”
Once New Year’s had passed, I felt a renewed sense of purpose to get back on the healthy track. In order to truly get back on track, however, I knew I needed to take an honest look at where I had been. So, I stepped on the scale. I knew… KNEW that I had gained weight. I even guessed (correctly, I might add), that I gained more than 5 pounds. My clothes started feeling a little tighter and overall, I just felt waterlogged. Sluggish. Tired. All of the holiday delicacies, the mountains of sugar and chocolate, greasy food and caffeine caught up with me.
This week has been a successful re-boot. I’m back to logging my food faithfully. I’ve got an exercise schedule all made up. I’m ready to continue my journey.
How were your holidays? Did you slip a bit? Are you back on track?