Oh no…we’ll if you’re following me on Twitter you already know. I gained 3.6lbs at weigh in. New weight is 164.0 and a total loss of 87.6lbs. Blargh. So much for back on track right?
Well let’s be honest about something – I indulged. Why? Because it was my birthday! My celebrations lasted about 3 days filled with cake and cookies so I guess I kinda deserve it. Here was one of my birthday cakes…chocolate chai!
BUT! Yes, there’s a but.
I wasn’t expecting this big of a gain. Honestly. I knew it wasn’t going to be a great week. I thought maybe a small gain or a stay the same (but I should know better…my body NEVER stays the same) but this…3.6 this I was NOT expecting at all. Mostly because I don’t feel it on my body. Usually, my pants feel tighter, or my tummy feels bigger. Small little changes I can feel, especially with such a large gain. But there was no warning! There was nothing to suggest the big again. I walked to my weigh-in happy and blissful in my ignorance only to be rendered speechless moments later.
Well, the good thing was that the topic at this weeks meeting was all about changing our habits. And that is what I need! I’ve spoken about my habit of late night snacking and eating in front of the computer. Sadly I haven’t been able to conquer these yet (clearly given the gain!).
I decided to actually fill out the weekly flyer’s “3 Steps to Better Habits”. Here are my answers:
1. Step 1 – Identify the cue: My cues include late nights in front of the computer (either working or watching shows online or just surfing) and (very sad to admit this) Pinterest. Yes. I’ve officially decided that Pinterest, although amazing, is actually quite triggering for me.
2. Step 2 – Determine the Reward: What’s my reward for overeating at night? Well really nothing, but actually it provides me with immediate relief/relaxation with almost no effort. Seriously – it takes no effort to eat and it feels really good in the moment.
3. Step 3 – Insert a new routine: This is what I’m not sure of yet. What can I do? Firstly I think I need to focus on going to bed earlier. If I want to watch something at night I can always bring my laptop with me and put it aside afterwards. I NEVER eat in bed. Nope. Never, not even a coffee. Can’t do it. Won’t do it. I also am going to buy some snackable fruit for the evening – like grapes or berries. Something that will take me a long time to eat, but is still healthy.
So that’s what I’ve got so far. A few bad habits that I just haven’t been able to change. Maybe if I stop focusing on the weight loss and put my energies into changing some of these habits I’m not thrilled with then maybe the weight loss will follow?
Have any of you had bad habits you’ve been able to change? How’d you do it??