Thursday, December 24, 2015
FIVE YEARS (and Merry Christmas!)
I have been at my goal weight for over FIVE years!
Although my weight has fluctuated in that time, I can honestly say that I have stuck to my program.
That doesn't mean that I haven't overeaten at times or that I never make bad food choices, but I always get back to the basics.
For me the basics are:
EXERCISE. I move each and every day in some form or another. I walk, ride my bike, work out at the gym or do all three. Every day, unless I am sick. I really enjoy walking and riding my bike. Like REALLY enjoy them. My fella will often ask if I want him to come get me at work because the weather is total CRAP, but I like riding my bike. I put on my rain gear and lights and warm clothes and it really doesn't matter if it is dark or wet or cold.
Speaking of which, LOOK what I got!
FOOD PLAN: I generally log my food on MFP. I have a calorie goal and I try to stick to it. I eat veggies and get some protein down. I eat all foods in moderation. I don't eat traditional diet food (low fat, sugar free). I think the full fat/sugar foods are more satisfying.
WEIGH: I weigh myself at least once a week.
That's really about it, actually. I guess I also try to be kind to myself and avoid negative self-talk.
So, I have been kind of struggling lately, feeling like my body isn't cooperating even though I have been following my food plan carefully. I have kept my calories below 1,500. Still, I have gained about six pounds since August. I am a little frustrated, but I am trying to keep things in perspective. First of all, this is weight I lost when I was so sick after surgery, so maybe I won't get to keep it after all. I have been making some tweaks and in January I will probably stop drinking high-calorie coffee drinks and see if that doesn't take care of it. Still, I am 120 pounds down from my high and that is not a bad thing!
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! Happy New Year!