In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, I haven’t given up on Weight Watchers or gained back a ton of weight. This month has been a hectic blur between cruising, mourning a loss, flying to NYC for 18 hours to get a new cat (long story), new job stuff (more about that later!), etc. I’ve missed quite a few WW meetings so I haven’t done my usual weekly weigh in updates. My weight is still hovering around where I was during the holidays.
I was gone for a week on a cruise at the beginning of January. I was up about 4 lbs after my cruise but I have since taken it off. I ate and drank whatever the heck I wanted during the cruise. I did work out a few times and walked a lot, so that may have been the difference between gaining 4 or 10 lbs.
In case you didn’t see on my various social networks, my cat Hank died right before I got back from my cruise. So for about a week after getting home from my cruise, I didn’t feel like eating. Which was good and bad – good because I shed pounds (but not in a healthy way, obviously), but bad because I didn’t jump right back into my regular eating habits. For example, I was skipping breakfast and not cooking proper dinners. That weird week of eating made it even harder to jump back into my routine. I also haven’t been great about tracking my food this month. In fact, I didn’t track at all during January until last week. I really need to work on this, because I definitely end up eating more when I don’t track.
I was no where close to “perfect” all month, and that’s OK. In the past, this would be the exact point where I quit, gained back weight, and found myself recommitting months later.
But here’s the thing…
When you think of weight loss as a deadline, how you do one day, week or month can make or break you. When you think of it as a long-term lifestyle that has no real “end” (not even when you hit your goal weight… because maintaining can be even tougher than losing), then it’s so much easier to bounce back. One day, week or month of so-so behavior doesn’t mean you threw everything away.
What really matters is that you recognize when you need to regroup and get back to moving forward, however gradual, in the right direction.