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December well and truly kicked my progress in its proverbial ass. The combination of 5 lunches out, 6 dinner parties, 3 large family festive meals, numerous cocktail hours, and eating approximately all of the sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, chocolates, and bourbon balls (i.e. literally dozens of these damn things) have led to me being a full 17.1 pounds higher than I was at my lowest before the holidays. This puts me essentially where I was last year at this time strangely enough, so in a twisted way it's a kind of maintenance. Bad maintenance, but maintenance nonetheless.
Let that be a lesson for me. As if I didn't already know this (duh!), December's debauchery has taught me that if I simply eat whatever I want whenever I want, and if I combine this with skipping workouts for a week and a half in a row, I will put on weight. I know, I know, this is not exactly earth shattering news. Some would call it "glaringly obvious". Some would also ask "didn't you learn this the last time you went off the plan"? Sometimes it's nice to be reminded, however, especially when one is a slow learner.
Simply put, I allowed myself to get lazy and undisciplined this month, and I gave myself permission to break routine. By doing so, I also gave myself permission to gain 17 pounds. That's my choice, and now I get to deal with the consequences of my choice.
I am not despondent about this little setback. I know it's hard to look at 17 pounds as a "setback", but it's really only that. Now that the holidays are over I have Mr. Fitness coming over to kick my ass tomorrow night in a return to my weekly sessions with the personal trainer. The Nerd and I have recommitted to eating healthy and have thrown out all the leftover holiday chocolates that we received at Christmas. I worked out this morning (for the first time in more than a week - gack!), and I received wonderful new workout clothes and 2 kettle bells (20 lb and 25 lb) for Christmas. I feel reinvigorated and ready to get back into my healthy routine. As part of this recommitment, I have restarted my MyFitnessPal calculator to my current weight (!) and reset my "days logged in" tracker to 1 - - although I was logging in during December, I was barely tracking a fraction of all the food I was consuming, so it's really day 1 of the new routine.
The key to success of course is to shut my piehole. As in, to stop snacking on all the things. We have cleared out all of the junk food from the house and by the time I next set foot in the office I will have 4 days of healthy balanced eating and workouts under my belt to help get me over the initial craving stage while my body readjusts to healthy calorie levels.
I am actually quite looking forward to seeing how my body changes and gets stronger with the personal trainer. I will take a "before" photo tomorrow and do measurements to set the starting baseline, and over the coming months I will see what happens as I push myself and improve my fitness with the new routines Mr. Fitness will show me.
My objective is simple: lose the final 40 pounds by this time next year. Since I am setting this goal before New Year's Eve it does not count as a resolution - - it is merely a redefined goal. The distinction may seem a fine one, but it is critical because most people do not follow through on their resolutions. Goals, however, are a different story. And this one is totally attainable - - I have a great support network and a solid plan along with the resources to accomplish it.
So let's face 2015 recharged and ready for the challenge! Bring it on!