Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Holidays: Gifts That Keep On Giving

Apparently, I am storing up for a long cold winter.  Like a squirrel collecting nuts for a snowstorm that will never arrive, I have been packing on the pounds over the holidays.  10 pounds to be exact.  And I have reached an all-time PB (post-band) high of 180 el-bees. 

That's right.


It is official.  Perhaps I can blame a residual counter gravity effect due to the winter solstice...but...probably not.

And seeing as how January 1st seems like a good place to begin....I shall begin again.  I have been thinking about my plan of attack for several days now, mulling over my grand ideas and possible goals...whilst eating large amounts of ice cream and swigging Pepsi straight from the 2-liter bottle.

Here is what I've got.  What worked for me during the first year of weight loss?

1.  Goals
2.  Blogging
3.  Water consumption
4.  Self-discipline
5.  Proper Restriction

And as of late my friends, I really can't claim to have possessed any of the above 5 mention items.

So here is my goal.

By May 1st, that is five months from today, I will have lost...

wait for it....

wait for it...

30 pounds. 

So I will weigh in at 150 on May 1st, 2012.  Awesome. 

Am I scared of not reaching this goal.  Wellllll....sure.  30 pounds is a lot for where I am, how I eat, how I work out.  But you have to set a goal.  You have to make it public.  And so it is.

I will also be blogging more regular.  I will be updating my weight using the tracker ticker every Monday, just like the good old days.

I started drinking water again today.  I remember when I used to be religious about the old H2o.  I would preach the virtues of it.  And then slowly...the demon soda pop took hold of my heart.  As of midnight last night, I am giving up drinking my calories (well, at least pop with calories)...although I will be cutting way back on adult beverages and diet soda as well.

As for the self-discipline, I need to be more more know...make actual healthy choices.  I did this once.  I shall do it again.  This part, for my old all up to us.  The band does not make the healthy choices for us.

And finally...proper restriction.  I still get stuck...but that doesnt mean I have good restriction.  It means I am probably trying to shovel a full sized hamburger down my throat like a normal person and it gets lodged.  My band is actually pretty loose. I am coming up on my three year anniversary, so it is time for a visit to Hot Doc anyways...but I moved it back until the beginning of February...bc I am not dragging my ass in to see Dr. Friedman having gained 10 pounds.  OH hell no.

So there you go.  I'm feeling good about it.

Of course, it's just the end of day one. 

Happy New Year to all of you.  May it just keep getting better :)


  1. I'm with ya - I've got to lose these pounds I've gained from not following the plan. I've gained 8 in the last 2 months b/c I stopped exercising and eating they way I should if I want to lose the lbs! I've started running again just last week and now I'm committing to tracking my food daily too. And I'm going to track the protein and drinking the water (not just the koolaid). I'm with you - just not as brave or ambitious as you. I want to lose 20lbs - and get to 170. Its worked before, its going to work again. I just have to do it. For me, I'm putting it out there.... 170 by May 1st!

  2. Love the goals! I know you can do it! :) You go girl!

  3. So right there with ya. Let's kick some booty in 2012!

  4. You can do it!! Happy new year, girl! xx

  5. Great plan! :) Keep us updated on how it goes.

  6. Great plan... I will continue to follow. I can't wait to see your progress. You will do this!

  7. i hear you sweetie... Maintenance may not be as difficult as weight loss but weight gain is easier for sure. You are amazing and so inspirational, so i am glad you will be blogging more frequently. The most important part is that you are HONEST. Alot of the people who get to goal or beyond claim to not miss the junk... I am not even to goal or even 1/2 way there but I miss it. And so I give in.... Once won't hurt, well... it is the holidays, and third times the charm... and we are back where we started fighting off the urge to eat a bag of oreos in the closet while our husband sleeps. I started on liquids today and even though i was weak and the hunger pains about killed me... i made it. I love you... You are good people and we are lucky to have you.

  8. Wow, I will be watching and rooting for you..

  9. I so understand ;-( Time to suck it up, get back on track, set some goals....I'm totally frustrated with myself right now BUT it's a great time to make adjustments and press onward and downward!! Let's roll!! ;-)

  10. For Realz. At least the new year brings us all out in a herd after the holidays. We are all in this together girls! I'm working on day two of a hang over I am not going to offically start till tomorrow LOL

  11. Hey some of that gain has to be muscle, you look amazing! Happy New Year! :)

  12. Sounds like you've got a great plan to get back on track! I especially like the blogging regularly again, but that's a selfish one just because I love reading your blog! :)

  13. Can't wait to read all about it! Maybe I can piggyback on your motivation and lose my last 30 pounds!!

  14. I am right there with you! I am up a few and making a committment to get back on track and moving that scale back down!