I'm in an intentional holding pattern right now, just trying to maintain what I've lost for a while before I continue on down the road. I should be talking more about exercising, but I'm still stuck on food. I've had a couple days now where I haven't been eating as I should and I have gained a couple of pounds. (This is why I weigh myself every day so it doesn't get out of hand.)
A friend of mine who has lost about 100 pounds recently put about 40 back on. It's hard to watch that, especially when I remember how she worked out like a fiend to get that weight off. She's getting back on the wagon, though, so I think she's a great example. I have this success/failure mindset - if I haven't completely succeeded, I've totally failed. This is a dangerous game in weight loss. I'm trying to address this head on and stay positive. As I told my friend, this weight gain is not a failure, just a temporary setback. That sounds so much better.
With Valentine's Day and my husband's birthday, it's been tough not to eat lots of sugar (my cryptonite). If it's there, I eat it and I feel compelled to eat it so it won't be there anymore. Hmmm, two problems with this: (1) I have an issue with "wasting" food; and (2) I have made myself the human garbage disposal. So many of us grew up with the "clean your plate" mentality, it's just painful to throw things away until they turn green in the refrigerator (although I've never seen sweets do that at my house). Those poor children in Bangladesh may be starving, but they definitely won't be eating that leftover cake in my refrigerator! The first problem leads to the next - eat it so it will go away. This causes binge eating for me - not good. I think I need to practice throwing away sweet things and then escort them out of the house into the curbside garbage can.
This is all part of the process for me - understanding why I do what I do and addressing it - one day at a time. After all, there are no failures, only setbacks.
Have a great week and be healthy! I'm linked up at Fit Club. Visit there on Mondays to read all of our stories.