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The Dreaded Gain...To Track or Not To Track?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I’ve always had this little nagging question in the back of my mind…would I track my weight after a gain? There was a part of me that didn’t want to admit that I’d gone off track and so I thought that if I kept my little weight ticker in the same place, it would serve as motivation to get back to that number.

This morning I had my first weight gain since September. I’ve been complaining for weeks that I haven’t been really motivated and I’d stopped tracking my food because I just didn’t feel like being bothered. Well now I’ve gained. Blessing in disguise? All I know is that when I stepped on the scale this morning and saw that I’d gained weight, I suddenly felt very motivated to get back on track. There’s nothing like a weight gain to remind you that you’re still learning and the weight can come right back!

I’m really proud of myself for not feeling defeated and taking this weight gain in stride. I’m proud that I tracked my gain and owned up to it. I’m proud that I’m motivated to keep moving forward and that there’s not even a tiny part of me that wants to give up.

I know where I went wrong during the last couple of weeks. Maybe I’d gotten complacent believing that I’d managed to break years of bad habits in just a couple of months. I know that I was drinking way too much wine at the holiday parties I’ve been to and that I didn’t approach them with a set plan of attack. I know that I slacked off on tracking my food for the last couple of weeks and I know that I only exercised one day last week.

Knowing that I’m going to have to be mindful of what I eat for the rest of my life is a hard pill to swallow but I’m committed to being mindful. I know what the alternative is and I don’t care to go back to living that way again. I’ve felt in control of my body for the first time in a very long time.

I can do this.
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    I should reset my tracker. I said should...LOL
    3002 days ago
    Whether to track or not comes down to whether or not it motivates you! Me? I give myself 1 week and if it's still a gain then I'll track it. That way, I can see the ups that I had to get through to get to the downs on my little report.
    3377 days ago
    You can do this honey - I know you can! So proud of you that it motivated you rather than brought you down. I have gained twice since this all started, and both times I let it defeat me to a point, before I'd get all pissy and get mad and re-motivated.

    You've got it in the bag, you can do this!
    3387 days ago
    I'm proud of you too. (In my best Obama voice) Fired up...Ready to go!
    3387 days ago
    Gaining a little weight may be tough, but it sounds like you are learning tons from it. In your new thinner life, you are going to gain some weight now and then. You'll use these same coping skills over and over to keep you from falling into old habits.

    I agree with you -- you can do this.
    3387 days ago
    Yes, you can!

    3387 days ago
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