Some days there is victory even when you gain weight. That was the case for this week.
- 26.2 lbs Lost to Date
I had a gain and really I am not super surprised. After all I had used all of my weekly points and a few extra. I ate out a few times which means I was estimating the points of several meals which is never the most accurate way to do things. HOWEVER, in my book a gain of about a half pound is negligible. That is the sort of weight that I can fluctuate by daily. In addition, there was still a victory for me this week. You see, E1 turned 5 this week and as a result we had a birthday party, several meals out with family, a necessary glass of wine after the kid party, and leftover cake! There were temptations and while I gave in and had more cake than I ought to have, I tracked it.
I didn’t stop tracking and I didn’t give up at any point this week. This is a change from the week that had E2′s baptism. There were similar circumstances – family events, parties, cake, meals out. There I stopped tracking and gained nearly 4 lbs during the week. This time I kept tracking and gained just 0.6. Tracking makes a huge difference for me. It keeps me honest and it keeps me accountable. Yes, I had cake, but I always went and added those points back it.
I know if I hadn’t tracked my gain would have been significant, but instead it is just a small speed bump instead. I look forward to knocking it out next week and keeping up the progress. Tracking is key for me – in many ways even more so than the foods I choose. I also need to get on the exercise bandwagon. I keep waiting for my kids to be well, or the weather to warm up. It is time to suck it up and go exercise anyway. It is time. Plus the 3-day is going to come on quickly.
Today is Ash Wednesday, and a day for confessing and taking on some Lenten practices. I am already planning to take on one practice around prayer as my own prayer life is often lacking. I want to give up something as well, and I am torn about what to give up. I play games with myself. I think “I should give up dessert” but then I remember that Mr. Goat’s birthday is during Lent and I would like to celebrate with him. Or I think “I should give up eating out” but then I remember I already have plans to meet a friend at breakfast time on Sat.
That is the challenge of Lent for me, and of dieting, or exercising, or anything. The excuses are there before we’ve even committed to something. But we have to start somewhere with something! For me, real weight loss accountability starts with tracking. Exercise starts with a plan and time set aside. And Lent, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and a commitment to no dessert until Easter. Perhaps Mr. Goat won’t mind if I just get him and Little Goat a slice of cake and have some fruit. Besides, I am stronger than baked goods.
P.S. Point of reference and transparency: Here is what I consider dessert
- Any item that may be served as dessert, no matter what time it is eaten. Pie for breakfast = dessert. Chocolate protein bar for breakfast = NOT dessert.
- Any item that has excess sugar for the sole purpose of indulgence. Skinny Vanilla Latte or coffee with a tsp of sugar = NOT dessert. Large mocha with whipped cream = dessert.
- Anything that would be considered a “treat” for E1 including cookies, fruit snacks, ice cream, chocolates, candy, etc.
Acceptable desert alternatives: Yogurt (not frozen) and fruit.
P.P.S. Yes for me the “rules” matter, otherwise I will find a way to fudge them. (Also fudge is dessert).