Friday, September 23, 2011

Tales from Beyond the Weight Loss

Weight: 126.71
Body Fat: 19.9% + 3% = 22.9%
Measurements: 34"-26"-34"-20"
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It's official.

I have gained weight. The trending line is on an upswing.
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It's only two pounds and half a percentage of body fat but it niggles at me. It makes me feel (in no particular order):
  • Annoyed
  • Upset
  • Frustrated
  • Sad
  • Scared
  • Confused
Two pounds might not seem like a lot to anyone else, but to me it's a scary symptom of a larger problem. I'm having a difficult time reining in the stress eating.

The thing about maintenance, the very thing that makes it so tricky is that it's easy to loosen up too much and slip. Maintenance is a lifelong learning process about how to live your life and make dietary choices that don't result in regain.

If every time a stressful situation starts to get to me and I respond by uncontrollably eating peanut butter out of the jar, chocolate chips out of the bag, raw honey out of the honey jar, etc. then I am setting myself up for failure  And yet, I don't want to spend anymore energy freaking out about it, which is what I've been doing. It's not worth me wasting time feeling all of those feelings I listed up there. It's time for me to just be a woman of action and buckle down. That means back to consistently managing my food intake with CalorieKing, making sure I'm staying adequately hydrated throughout the day and keeping a package of gum with me to help me keep tabs on my true hunger feelings. It mean staying honest with myself and not allowing myself to justify the excesses. Feeling strained is not a justification for excessive eating!

Maintenance is tough, but I'm tougher.