What the heck happened over the holidays and looking forward to 2010!!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
So! I did it! My goal was to not gain one pound over the holidays, and I did it! My other goal was not to fuss and worry about every bite that went in my mouth, and I did that too! This is such great news; I have lost 75 pounds in two years and kept it off. 50 of those pounds came off last year. I learned a couple things over the holidays about myself that may be worth sharing.
I am a SUCKER for desserts. I can't even be in the same room with them without having a bite or a piece. Something I learned in Weight Watchers many years ago kept me honest. Don't let a bite turn into a sliver that turns into a slice that turns into a slab! Hahahahahaha! It is so true. And if I go for the slab, it had better be the most amazing piece of dessert that was every found on the face of the earth! Typically that dessert is not as good as it looks. There are NOT a lot of fantabulous bakers out there, myself included. So usually a bite is going to be enough. Something else to keep in mind when people bring around big platters of "surprise and thank you for all your hard work" cookies after the holidays. They are usually old, leftovers, and starting to be on the stale side. Not worth it!
There has to be some way to stop the chocolate binging at the holidays. The most amazing boxes of chocolate start showing up for Christmas. Oh my gosh, I love, love, love chocolate like this. I can avoid it all year, no chocolate for me, not a problem. But over the holidays when these gorgeous boxes start showing up, I have problems staying out of them. This is a work in progress. More weight retention was here than anywhere else. I did find these great cinnamon suckers that I love. Maybe I need to keep those close by as a go-to alternative. It is a puzzle to be solved!
Walking, walking, walking, walking. Every single day without fail, I got out there and made the rounds. I found every way I could to make sure I got in my walk of an hour a day. The potluck starts at 11:30? I'll be there at noon. We are eating at 3:00? I'm taking Dewey the Dog out for an hour now. I have class tonight and a lunch event at noon? I'm parking the car 30 minutes away from work and walking in. Get home all tired and ready to relax, look at those big brown Dewey eyes? I'm going out for 15 minutes for THE WALK! I just kept at it and really believe that has to be the magic of not gaining any weight this season. So for all you New Year's resolution folks wondering what to do for exercise? WALK! Just break it up 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there. It really, really, really works.
So, what am I looking forward in the next few months? I will be at my half-way point to my weight loss goal. I will have lost 80 pounds soon. This will be the year that I will have lost 100 pounds. Just stay tuned. 75 pounds lost is amazing, and there are bigger and better things to happen in 2010. I can't wait!