This morning, while I lay in bed contemplating getting up, the thought occured to me...there are only 2 more months remaining of the year! I plan on trying to loose 10 more pounds, but I thought there was more time? Come September 1st each year, time changes. Maybe it's because I start thinking in "Holiday Mode?" I swear time speeds up and more things end up on the "to do" list!
So recently, I haven't been able to give it a 100% effort to get those last 10 off. In fact, I find myself starting to eat just a little more this and a little more that. I have been eating a little more than I would like, not like I used to, but more than I would if I really wanted to drop some more weight. The wonderful thing is, I keep at the same weight!! Why? Because of the exercise! Exercising regularly is keeping my weight at bay. The biggest thing I have learned is that if you are exercising regularly, your body and diet are much more forgiving than if you don't. If I can continue to eat like I have been and maintain as long as I am exericsing, I can deal. Seriously! Now I am not talking about full bore exercising either! For the last couple of weeks, I have been super tired, almost like I was on the verge of getting sick, but I didn't get sick. I was just tired. (Maybe the baby's transition in schedule might have something to do with that?) SO in efforts to not make matters worse and completely stress my body out, I dropped the time of working out to 15 min. On days I felt a little more pep in my step, I bumped it back to 30 minutes. One day I was feeling really good, had an awesome book and I did the elliptical for 90 minutes!! (Mental note: get more GOOD books) What I am basically saying is that as long as you are regularly doing something to move your body, if you go a little over on the eating, everything will be okay. I know I put on most my weight when I felt like I made a mistake. The "Well, I screwed up, may as enjoy the rest of the day and start over tomorrow" sort of thinking. That thinking NEVER works and you only set yourself up for failure when you do. EVERY TIME. Forgive yourself and stay the course, move on, do better from the last bite on. Don't wait until tomorrow to do better. Tomorrow may be 40 pounds and a decade later. (Personal experience)
We are approaching a time where baking becomes plentiful and opportunity for goodies increase. It's inevitable! Time also tends to be stretched thinner as well. These two events alone contradict each other. To really focus on making the change to loose weight takes time to process and focus on, especially in the beginning. Having sweets and treats more easily accessible, makes it easier to partake without much thought. If you are too busy to think of your weight loss goals and can grab holiday goodness without thinking, you can see the problem there. It can be a vicious cycle and can be such a treacherous time of year if one isn't careful. I personally think I gained 10 pounds last December alone, and that wasn't the first December it happened either. (I love to bake and make candy for gifts)
The game plan this year? Not to deprive, but not to indulge either. Be selective with what I consume, only the best (which means home made most of the time). In doing this, AND exercising, I know I will get through the holidays at the same weight. I really do want to drop some more, and I intend to, but if I can't, I am certainly okay with maintenance!! Can you guess what 2010's goal will be if I don't make it? Yep, 10 in 10!!