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Week 46

Getting past your biggest weight gain

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By Lisa Spodak (ResultsNotTypical@worldnow.com)
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Week 46 Weigh In:

Change this week:  +7 lbs
Change overall:  -56.5 lbs

Well, this certainly wasn't what I meant by breaking through a plateau.  I gained 7 pounds this week - the biggest gain I've had since I started my program back in February of 2008!

I have to confess, I went back and forth about how honest I'd be about my week in this space.  It was really hard to admit in black and white just how much I have gained.  I considered not weighing in.  I considered using my weight from Wednesday instead of the "official" weight from Tuesday.  I even considered flat out fibbing ("nobody would know if I just shaved off a pound or two and made it up next week").  But, in the end, being honest about my setbacks as well as my successes is really important to me and, surprisingly, putting that "+7" down in writing is actually helping me to get past it.

Last week posed several challenges for me:  a trip down south, New Year's Eve, a wedding, a friend's 40th birthday.  While I had the best intentions of making good decisions and sticking to a healthy path, in the end I gave in to temptation and ate and drank to excess.

When I came back to work on Monday and was very down about my "failure," a friend of mine pointed out, "but you had lots of fun doing it!"

And you know what?  I did!  I had a great week.  I ate good food.  I drank champagne.  I saw friends I don't see very often and we celebrated.  I enjoyed every minute of it - but now it's over.

I was in a bit of a panic when I got home and stepped onto the scale.  At that point, Friday, I had gained a whopping 10 pounds and still had the 40th birthday party to get through!  I determined to eat as little as possible for the next few days (excepting the party) in hopes I'd manage to starve myself to some loss by Tuesday. 

I avoided carbs and sweets and ate just enough to keep from being hungry all the time.  Two out of three meals on Monday were soup.  I thought the extra "party" weight would come off easily by my weigh-in and was disappointed that only 3 pounds had gone away by Tuesday.

Then I had a bit of an epiphany.  And I just realized right now that it was very similar to the one I had back in February when I started this whole thing!  I know a lot about "good" eating.  I've tried a lot of diets and I know what works.   And the answer is simple - I just needed to commit to my plan and stick to it and trust it to work.  I couldn't trick my body or lose weight by keeping the volume of food down.  I had to go back to reasonable portions and counting Weight Watchers Points, forget about trying to manipulate the scale, and focus on the long run.

Since Tuesdays are my official weigh-in day, they're the beginning of my weight loss week.  I made a decision to start fresh and just let go of the last week.  For the first time in more than two months I headed to Subway for lunch.  I tracked everything I ate.  I resolved to drink 20 oz of water every hour that I'm at work.  I started eating snacks again and even had some chocolate!  I didn't focus on short term fixes anymore - and still managed to see the scale go down by Wednesday morning.

The relief felt better than any extra food or drink would!  My resolve is back and I'm feeling confident in how I'm doing things.  It's raining and gross outside today so my co-workers are ordering in.  I'm tempted to get in on that and indulge in some hot comfort food, but instead, I'll grab my umbrella and stick to my original plan.

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