Tuesday, December 26, 2006

a late Christmas gift

I decided to go to a meeting today to see how bad the damage was for my splurges on the 24th and the 25th. I felt like I had just been given a little gift when I found out that I actually lost 1.6 this week. I thought back on it, and even though I had three really big meals over those two days, the rest of my week really wasn't that bad.

I have been having very good results since starting over with the new plan. My progress has really been dramatic since I started honestly tracking my points and making a serious effort to stay within them. (I wish Google Spreadsheets allowed you to make charts, but so far they don't.) I suppose it shouldn't be that big of news that the plan works better if you follow it!

I also enjoyed the meeting today. The leader and the other people there were fun, everyone seemed genuinely welcoming and happy to be there. I would consider switchinng to this meeting, but I'm normally at work during that timeslot.

Knowing that I don't have to be perfect all the time to see good results makes me feel a lot calmer about the whole process. I am already starting to think about maintenance, which is where I ran into trouble before. I think that continuing to track and plan meals is going to be the best way for me to maintain. Last time I figured that once I was at goal weight, I could give all of that up. It should be a lot easier with the extra maintenance points, but I know that I won't maintain successfully if I don't stick to the program. Besides, it actually is kind of satisfying to remind myself, in writing, that I stuck to my goals for the day.

4 comments:

  1. Good for you for going and for getting the gift of confirmation from the scale that you are working the plan you have set for yourself - and it's showing results. You're right that actually following the plan actually works better than just talking about it. Well, that last part was from me. In any case, I'm both pleased and happy for you :)

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  2. Merry Christmas, and I am glad you are doing good. I have not weighed since Christmas morning (no gains) but I plan to tomorrow. Gave myself a day to recover. Thanks and a Happy New Year!!

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  3. Good for you!!!!!! Over the holidays no less!!!! I got salted over the holidays - ate out twice - one was fine - but second time was Appl*b**'s and I REALLY got salted - it is amazing what that does to how you feel - made a 2 pound difference in the scale for about 24 hours until I WASHED it all out - still feel dehydrated.

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  4. congrats on your loss over the holidays!

    :: happy new year ::

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