I had a big loss this week… 3.4 lbs!
I think my loss this week is proof that even if you don’t see the scale go down every week, if you stay the course, eventually the weight is going to come off. This is why a gain here and there shouldn’t throw you off track. Throughout this process I’ve trusted that being consistent will get me positive results. Speaking of trust…
Self-trust is something to keep in mind as you move through the holidays. If you trust yourself to make the right choices, then you can just relax at every meal, holiday, vacation and event because you know you won’t fall off the wagon. I think we give way too much power over situations, when we’re the ones who have control. I used to view this time of year as a time to hit the pause button until January 1. The difference this year? I trust myself to balance my indulgences with healthy choices and staying active. It’s easier said than done, of course. But since I’ve been practicing this kind of moderation for 4.5 months now, I trust this behavior is going to follow me wherever I go and whatever situation I end up in.
This week I’m faced with two things that I’d normally allow to completely destroy my progress: a trip to NYC and Thanksgiving.
I typically view my trips to New York as an excuse to binge on the incredible variety of cuisine at my fingertips (remember when I spent 2 weeks there mostly stuffing my face?). This time will be different. I won’t be chewing on lettuce for 5 days, but I also won’t be eating every hot dog and slice of pizza I pass. My strategy for my time in NYC is to indulge on things I can’t get in Tampa – like an amazing bagel. And even then it will probably be half a bagel (I’m sure it will be smothered in cream cheese though!).
Then there’s Thanksgiving. My Weight Watchers meeting was PACKED this week. Every year, the meeting before Thanksgiving is called The Great Plate and centers around how to navigate this food-centric holiday. We were given a worksheet and told to circle all of the food we planned to eat and then guess how many points a serving of each would be. Then our leader went through the list and told us how many points everything had. Basically, even if I eat sensible portions of everything I want and drink wine, my Thanksgiving meal is going to clock in around 45 – 50 points – and that’s OK.
I’m not going to over think it since I love Thanksgiving and all the traditional food. But I won’t be eating to the point of being uncomfortable (as I seem to do every year). I don’t need to have seconds and I don’t need huge servings of every.single.item. I’ll savor every bite and hopefully I can brave the weather to get outside and rack up steps on my UP.
If I maintain this week, I’ll be happy. Even if I gain a pound or two, it won’t be the end of the world. When I get off the plane on Sunday, I trust myself to jump right back into my routine.
Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!