A few weeks ago, I wrote that I’d gained a few pounds. I knew it wasn’t that much, and I knew I was still at a healthy weight, but I was still frustrated. I’d worked so hard to lose 50 pounds, and I was nervous this five-pound gain could easily become more and I’d gradually gain it all back.
I outlined some things that I knew would help:
Lay off the lattes/mistos: All that extra milk was not helping my cause. My cause being my belly. Kimra and another commenter suggested Americanos (espresso + water), and I’ve been trying those and just getting coffee from the coffee cart outside my office. My wallet and waistline are both much happier with this development.
Don’t go nuts. It’s sort of a tease to tell you about these nuts and then tell you I’m cutting back on them because they’re so good I can’t stop eating them, huh? Well, yeah. They’re good. If you have willpower, you can go ahead and buy them, but otherwise, just pretend you didn’t see them. Anyway, I’ve stopped bringing nuts to work, since I snack on them mindlessly, and I’ve gone back to Luna or Larabars and fruit. Easy, portion-controlled.
Ban the booze. Just kidding. That was never a consideration. I have cut way back on the beer, though, after realizing after a night out just how bloated it left me.
These things have helped, but so has a change of mindset. I’ve stopped looking at it all-or-nothing. I saw the fairly strict way I ate when I was losing weight as “all,” and I had no desire to do that, so I did nothing to change how I was feeling for a few months. But I’m not trying to lose 50 pounds again, so I don’t need to go all out, but I did need to do something.
To be clear, I always eat a healthy breakfast or lunch during the week. Those are just habits now. So is making myself a healthy dinner. But when I’m eating out (or at a cocktail party), I’ve been giving in to eating what I want, using all the rationalizations in the world. While I will never ever cut out treats or deny myself something I really want (hi, I’m never skipping duck on a menu), I’m trying to use Leah’s Here and Now principle and thinking if I really want something or if I just want it because it’s there. Just taking an extra few seconds to think about that has definitely been helping me make healthier decisions than I was before. Miraculously, I even did this after some wine last night when all I really wanted was something fried, but I got mussels instead.
On the workout front, I’ve been mixing in a session on the stairmill once a week, some of the Tone It Up workouts, some yoga and some planks at home in with my running.
And it’s all working. I’m down three pounds.
What changes do you make when you know you need to get your ass back in gear?