Well, I'm starting to sound like a broken record...it was another tough week for me. It's sort of amazing to me how each passing week presents me with a whole new set of challenges in my journey to lose weight.
This week, it was a birthday party. And, not just a birthday party, a weekend full of house guests. My daughter turned three last week and we had an Abby Cadabby party on Saturday. I spent much of Friday baking, cooking and prepping. We had a magic wand cake, magic wand cookies and ice cream to celebrate. We had turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, make ahead mashed potatoes (yummy, but you add extra calories/fat with the cream cheese), cauliflower/broccoli casserole, spinach salad, fruit and rolls for dinner. I think I ate reasonably well at the party, it was the before and after that I'm not so sure about. A taste here or there to check the spice and flavor of the food as I was preparing it. The pizza we ordered in for dinner on Friday night. The cinnamon bread I made as part of breakfast for the weekend. The cold cut sandwiches for lunch before the party. The pepperoni and cheese with crackers and wine while we hung out and played a really fun game (I'll have to share that one later). Dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant on Sunday. And of course, some ice cream and cake. I feel stuffed thinking of it all.
The good news is, I splurge and then I got right back on target. I did well avoiding temptation during the week, for the most part. It might have been a tough start to the week, but the good news is I finished the week same as I started it. There was a gain to start and a lot of effort to recover, but I lost what I gained.
The unfortunate thing is I still can't seem to motivate myself out of bed just before 5am to exercise. I really need to get back into this routine. Last spring, when I was exercising, not only was a I losing weight, but I was toning my body and I felt great and full of energy. I know once I get up and do it for a couple of days, I will be fine...it's just getting up that first day. I would like to start on Monday. I am planning to go to bed early and give it a shot.
As to my Weight Watchers weigh in...it was a gain. It's funny, I have gained twice in the 8 weeks - each time it was 1.4#. After last time, I lost 3.5# at the next meeting. I think that following Weight Watcher's allows me to regain control quickly when I splurge. I probably could have done a better job of control over the weekend, but to me it is reassuring that Weight Watchers is enough of a lifestyle change that I know in the future, once I have lost my weight and am maintaining, that an occasional celebration or traveling isn't doom, it's a minor setback from which my new lifestyle will let me recover.
I still have 26.2# to go and am 1/3 of the way to my original goal. I'm am okay with a flat week. It serves as motivation to do better next week.