Every since the beginning of December I've been a little too lax in the eating department. Some Indian food, some pizza, some wine (ok who am I kidding - a ton of wine and beer!) and with the holidays, well... I've gained some weight. The damage is only 5 or 6 lbs according to my scale but I notice a big change. When I was bigger, 5 lbs was nothing - I couldn't tell any difference. But now I really notice it - my hip bones have gone into hiding, my pants are too snug, and it's even harder to zip up my knee-high boots! But, this is all part of learning maintenance and I have a plan to get back on track.
I am committing to track my food until I am back at my goal weight. For me, tracking really is the key. If I know I have to write it down, I will not put it in my mouth. Also, I get a kick out of seeing how wisely I can choose foods to satisfy me and fill me up without being a lot of points. (Getting pleasure from accomplishing a goal rather than from food itself). I know that I *have* to be back at goal (i.e. down at least 6 lbs) by Jan 31 because that is the last day I can weigh in at my WW meeting for the month of January (lucky for me it's the 31st - talk about pushing it to the end!). I think this is a reasonable goal since some of it is probably salt and water weight. Also, don't worry I'm just going to follow the WW plan, not do any kind of crazy restrictive diet.
But even though I *know* exactly what I need to do, it's easier said than done this time. I've been struggling these past couple days getting my head in the game. Once I'm back "on plan" for a while the cravings go away and the whole thing seems much easier. I really do think there's something to finding and staying in the groove. But the first couple of days...man. I want that wine, I want (fill in the blank!), I don't want to have to say no to myself. But I also know that if I push through this tough spot, these next few days, it will be easier. Instead of thinking about what I can't have I need to focus on the foods I CAN eat. Tonight I am going to have an omelette for dinner (1 egg + egg whites) filled with tons of veggies and some fat-free cheese with some fruit on the side. It's going to be tasty and filling. And maybe I'll have some popcorn for a snack later. But no matter what, I'm going to write everything down and hopefully the scale will start to move... in a downwards direction this time!