I thought I'd include the graph this time to put this week's slight gain in context. I was away at a conference Saturday and Sunday, and those of you who have done conferences know what it's like: Not much control over your food, and eating as a bright spot in what can be a long day of sitting and listening. The real problem was, though, that I let myself stop tracking for the weekend, and didn't pick back up yesterday. I really like the meeting I'm attending now, and it helped me to renew my resolve. I was so close to my 5 pound star last week, and I want to get it next week. We're supposed to think of one habit that we want to develop. Mine this week will be planning. I have much better success when I know what I'm going to eat and have that food available. I took the time to pack my lunch before the meeting for that reason -- after a meeting, I'm often so hungry that I am tempted to go out for lunch. It was easier to resist that urge when I already had an avocado, cheese, lettuce, and tomato sandwich with me, plus fruit and a tiny piece of dark chocolate.
I understand why people get so superstitious about their weigh-ins, though. The receptionists often seem really upset for you when you gain. Seriously, though, this is a big-picture thing. I know that I am going to have some ups as well as downs. I have had some of the biggest losses the week after a bad weigh-in, which makes me suspect that the "gain" may have been water retention, slightly heavier clothes, or one of the other million things that could make a 2-pound difference on a particular day. This week, though, I know that it was flying + too much sugary junk at the conference + too much time sitting on my butt. All easy things to remedy for next week. I am going to at least get that 5-pound star, and maybe even drop into the 160s if I do a really good job of tracking, counting, and working out.
At least I don't have to weigh in wearing a sports bra and bike shorts in front of millions of TV viewers, though. Bring on tonight's "The Biggest Loser!"