As I sit here and write this post, it is a very chilly and very windy evening in central Illinois. Although wind is typical of March weather in these parts, I think that we can all say we have had enough. This Winter has affected all of us deeply. The harsh weather that we haven’t seen in many years came back with a vengeance and we definitely weren’t prepared mentally for it. I know I certainly wasn’t. Now that we are just a few days from the official start of Spring, we know that warmer temperatures are on the way. The light can definitely be seen at the end of the tunnel.
I believe when we settle in for Winter it’s easy to go into sort of a mental hibernation or auto pilot, if you will. I think that this Winter put me into a weight loss hibernation as well, namely multiple plateaus that frustrated the crapola out of me. I would lose a pound, bounce back up one and a half pounds and then stay there for a couple of days to a week and then slowwwwwly return to the weight I had gotten down to. I’m not even sure how many times I have done this throughout the Winter. Very frustrating. I have had a hard time consistently keeping the number on the scales going down. I began working out in mid-December and I was constantly having to reinforce and remind myself that with working out that muscle weighs five times more than fat does. So I know that I was and am building muscle while I am shedding fat. It was still frustrating nonetheless. A constant thought in the back of my head has been, “Once the weather breaks and I become more active outside, it will be easier to jump start the weight loss. Just hang in for warmer weather.” That seems to be my mantra. I have been obsessed with the weather reports and watching the 10 day forecasts for a week that is consistently in the 50s and 60s.
But it’s not just the weather. It’s been what I have been putting in my body as well.
While I have continued to stay gluten free, I have occasionally wavered in my avoidance of sugar always with not so pleasant side effects. I have also taken advantage of the “GLUTEN FREE” processed foods (cookies, snacks, etc.) that have not helped either. I have found that for me I have to severely curb my intake of grains. And there is a correlation between how many vegetables I eat and my weight loss success. The more fresh vegetables, fruits and meat I eat, the better I do. If I don’t drink enough water throughout the day, it will also have an effect on my weight loss.
Complacency has been a big problem with me this Winter. I have a tendency to justify what I eat that it will be OK (this time!) and then it quickly becomes a habit after only a few days. It is so easy to do.
So I guess am writing this today as a testimony that during our journey, each and every one of us will have times of frustration and days that we will waver in our resolve to stick to our eating plans. But that does not mean that we have lost the fight. It only means we are human. We all make mistakes and occasional bad choices, but it’s how we face them and go on that tells our story. If you or I have a bad day, it is just that. A bad day. Tomorrow is another chance to make better choices. Leave tomorrow in the past and concentrate on the future. I can do it. And I know that you can, too!