I’m finally ready to address Friday’s weigh-in. I had a five-pound gain. Yes, gain.
On one hand, I totally deserved it. I had tons of social engagements all week during the dinner hour, and went back to my old habits of “just this once” mentality. With all the work stress, I went in between 7 and 8 at least three days this week and picked up on another old habit of “reward yourself with food for getting up early.” Lunch was pretty much the only successful part of my week because I had prepared a large batch of pasta and ate off of that, using portion control, each day. Oh, and dare I mention I went to the gym Sunday, and then boot camp on Monday? That was all.
This gain frightens me more than it spurs me to lose it (again). How easy it still is to slip into old habits. What I take from this is that stressful times for me call for even more stringent regiment, calorie counting and exercise. I cannot let stress be a reason to ignore my weight loss goals.
Here is another reason that could explain FIVE pound gain (because I assure you, even though I was “letting my self go,” this week, I wasn’t binge eating or going to very dark places). As part of my ongoing battle with adult acne, my doctor put me on birth control in an effort to control hormones. I’ve mentioned this before. Well, there was also a perscription issue (the doc only perscribed me one month at a time and the techs at the doc’s office were not competent enough to resolve this after the first month), which long story short, has resulted in an odd period schedule (I’ve discussed this with the doctor). Basically this past week, I’ve had a very very light period, despite being in week 2/3 of the pill pack.
I have four days worth of My Fit Foods in the freezer, which I’m very tempted to bust out to help me shed these recent pounds gained. On the other hand, this week might be less stressful (I have two days off of work – Monday and Thursday), which allows for time to cook healthy for the week, and daytime to go to the gym.
Also, I had moved away from weekly/monthly/daily goals, and for me, this was a good reason, but this week, I feel it is important to have some targets to hit:
4 hours of cardio before Sunday is over
1 day of tennis
Stay under 1,600 calories at least 5 days (1,500 is the goal, but giving a little wiggle room)
I just need to be careful about these social engagements. Dates, work happy hours (which I’m the planner for), bowling with church friends. I recognized the value of these engagements, and they were all with different circles I maintain, but they cannot be my excuse to eat pizza, burgers and enchiladas. Oh and drinking was a problem this week too, come to think of it. I realized that when I drink, I eat faster, enjoy less, and barely taste my meal.
I don’t know that I can turn around these five pounds in a week, let alone hit the 230s, but I am going to do all I can to be well on my way once again.