A combination of factors AKA “what a lack of monitoring will do”..

It’s time to get REAL!! I stepped on the scale this morning and it has given me a NEW FOUND COMMITMENT!! Amazing what an inanimate object can do! I weighed in at 171.6!! OMG!! Just one short month ago I weighed 162!! You see, around Thanksgiving time, I made a conscious (that’s right, I said “CONSCIOUS”, how’s that for ownership?) decision to give up walking, and tracking my food! In other words – I threw my “health lifestyle” out the window! A month to 6 weeks ago I was already 15-20 lbs over my goal weight…but was losing it. Now, I’m back where I started!! Well, not really because back in 2006 I weighed my highest 199.8…but if I keep justifying my 170 by comparing it to that 199 number I WILL be back where I started in no time! My ideal weight is 145. I know it’s not all about the numbers…but is also about how you feel.

Well, I feel like crap! Started taking Zantac and eating TUMS again etc; The cold weather had set in and so I told my walking buddy that I would not be walking thru the holidays and would get back to the gym after the first of the year. I’ve honored that commitment by meeting her there this morning. It’s been a good day, thus far.

So what was it? Well, this 25 lbs from goal weight to where I am today has been a combination of factors:

1) I started eating more red meat (less chicken and fish)
2) I quit weighing and measuring my food
3) I quit exercising
4) I started eating more white food again (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes etc;)
5) I started slathering on the butter again!!
6) I quit writing anything down that I was eating!! (thus no accountability)
7) I quit stepping on the scale (thus no accountability)
8) I stopped focusing on fruits and vegetables and ate whatever was quick and handy!
9) Even though I didn’t do a lot of baking during the holidays I ate far too many sweets! (The more sugar I ate, the more I wanted it)!
10) I started buying larger and stretchier clothing to accommodate my expanding frame (namely my belly!)
11) I stopped reading anything that would convict me of my unhealthy ways!

Do I need to go on? There’s so much more I could say on this subject since I was once a very busy Weight Watcher’s leader! My goal with this blog is to hold myself accountable and to pay it forward. I know there are going to be many “Diet blogs” this month telling you which diet is the best one to go on. All baloney!!
It’s about you, not the diet you choose to embrace! It’s about getting our head in the game!! A healthy lifestyle isn’t something you “quit” for a month or two, like I did! I knew and know better. A healthy lifestyle is just that – a lifestyle!! So, it wasn’t just one thing that created this weight gain. It was a combination of factors AKA what a lack of monitoring will do!

We can only ignore it for so long and if we will listen our body will tell us when enough is enough. So, I’m back on the bandwagon again. Wish me luck. I know it’s not going to be easy but it will be worth it. I’m not going to waste any time beating myself up over my irresponsibility. I’m just going to do what I know I need to do and what I know works. Primarily it will be to put myself at the top of the list again and make myself a priority! How bout you?


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Just a Running Chick
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 22:40:14

    That’s why I run! LOL Although I did have to stop drinking wine before I noticed any real weight loss…. Good luck!


  2. Deb
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 23:15:07

    Me too!!


  3. Martha Westich
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 13:54:27

    Dear “Bittygirl”,

    I met you on Spark a while back. Now I get your blogs as emails when you write them. I always enjoy them. I am in somewhat the same boat as you. My husband wants some major changes in eating starting on Monday. I am trying to plan how I can help him lose weight with healthy food as well as feed the children things they will eat/we can afford to buy in bulk/are best for them. But, I know that what you are saying is the truth. For myself, although I want to make some sort of radical changes as far as fermented foods etc. it comes down to monitoring and getting my head in the game just like you said so well.

    I wish you well in your endeavors. Hope you are getting lots of sewing done. I made some cute quilted ornaments for Christmas and gave them all away. Now I need to make at least one to have hereJ They were the cathedral Window ornaments in the Quilters World magazine if you saw them.



    • bittygirl51
      Jan 03, 2015 @ 18:24:03

      Hi Martha! Thanks for reading and commenting. Are you still active on Sparkpeople? What was your name on there? Thanks so much for your kind words. I love writing it, but find little time to post as often as I would like. My husband could care less about weight loss or healthy living. He’s overweight, has some health issues and doesn’t care! LOL Do you have a blog I can follow? You mentioned children..do you care for grandchildren as well or still have small children in the home? Did you take any pics of ornaments? Would love to see how they turned out. I am always looking for new ideas, since I give ornaments to my kids every year. I had a collection and have now started one for them. Good to hear from you! Happy New Year!


  4. Diana Black
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 21:36:35

    Hear! Hear! Same for me Sister, the same exact story. My hip starts bothering me, not getting enough sleep at night, my clothes getting tight. And feeling lazy. I have a Dr’s appt Jan 12th to follow up on blood pressure. I am changing my bad habits to good ones.


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