‘Tis the season! Which means that the world turns sparkly, the weather turns chilly, and 2012 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my pre-surgery weight loss requirement. Achieving that will be the best gift of all!!! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. This is the time of year when food and celebrations are plentiful and the last thing on most people’s minds is weight loss. I’m going to show that weight loss can happen during the holiday season. My Sunday progress updates will be called Countdown to Christmas Weigh-Ins.
Week 10 on JC brought the first holiday of the season – Thanksgiving. Knowing that I was going to go off plan for Thanksgiving dinner, plus the fact that I had extra days off, I had the intention of getting in several solid workouts trying to mitigate as many calories as I could. As it turned out, this Thanksgiving holiday brought new realizations, including the fact that Thanksgiving itself wasn’t as difficult to navigate as the day after. But I’ll get to that in a minute.
This morning I weighed in at 299.0, which is a gain of 4.2 lbs this week. Which means I have 18 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. Did I take a step backward? Yes. Am I discouraged about my ability to make my goal? Not in the least.
Let’s break this down a bit…
Wednesday was great, on plan, and I completed a Bella Tri, burning 980 calories. I felt so great after doing that set of workouts that I am going to add them into early-day workout routine.
Thursday went well, too. I started off the day with JC breakfast, and lunch, and then ate a bit of everything offered at the Thanksgiving meal, but didn’t feel overly stuffed. I tracked everything, and while my total for the day was over 2800 calories, at least it was all accounted for. I didn’t do my planned gym workout, but I still burned a decent amount of calories with some housework in the morning and an after dinner walk with Sofi. When I weighed myself the next morning, I was up 2 lbs, which I knew would come of easily, since it wasn’t a true gain.
Friday was the day that things went off the rails. Nothing outlandish or even that enjoyable. I just felt an incessant hunger, brought on by eating so many calories the previous day as well as the hormones that come with TOM (I’ve been getting TOM every two weeks, which I’m going to have checked out by the doctor). I didn’t go nuts and eat ice cream, McDonald’s or even bread, just handfuls of almonds, lots of pieces of string cheese, and some stale rice cakes. Crazy, right? But I just wanted to eatandeatandeat.
Saturday I got up and decided that I wasn’t going to go on a weekend-long bender, so I stuck to the JC food. I gave into laziness and started a Vampire Diaries marathon (like I need another t.v. show to watch), and didn’t workout.
Which brings me to today. Up 4.2 lbs, but with the knowledge that the day after a holiday it’s going to be important for me to keep busy and to make sure I’m out of the house. Especially in that “munchie” afternoon time when I seem to lose willpower. I see a trip to the gym followed by a movie or something on December 26th.
This week I’m confident that next Sunday I’ll see a loss on the scale. The food’s taken care of, and I won’t be deviating from JC. As far as workouts, I’m going to try alternating easy days with bigger workouts:
- Monday: walk Sofi; housecleaning – vacuuming and mopping the floors
- Tuesday: Bella Tri (10 min: elliptical, 20 min: bike, 30 min: swimming); walk Sofi
- Wednesday: walk Sofi; housecleaning – bathrooms
- Thursday: Bella Tri; walk Sofi
- Friday: walk Sofi; decorate for Christmas
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!