Good news! I had a loss. Got a couple of little tokens at my meeting.
|A new 5-pound star AND my 25-pound magnet|
I wasn't going to weigh until next week, but after the bad week I had before, I thought I'd better go ahead and do it. So glad I did! Obviously, it was fun to hit a milestone, but I think even more than that, it was good for me to have that anchor before the holiday. It reminds me of how far I've come, and in some ways of how far I still have to go. But most importantly, it reminds me of what I already know: I can do this!
Oh, and I pulled the bossy card yesterday on my Weight Watchers buddy, Mandy. She felt she'd had an overeating weekend and wasn't going to weigh in until next week. Mandy is one of those rare Weight Watchers who does not own a scale! So each week she weighs in, she gets a total surprise. I weigh every day, and think I'd freak out under the pressure, but it works for her.
So since she didn't want to go and see a gain, I badgered her and pushed her until she finally just agreed to go weigh. And guess what? She LOST almost 2 pounds since Thursday! Mandy got a 5-pound star too.
Even if we had gained weight, I think it would have been good to go. Whatever you're doing regularly in your weight loss journey, I hope you'll engage in that before the holiday, just to keep you centered. If you decide that Thanksgiving comes around once a year, so you're going to eat with abandon for the big meal, then go right ahead. But let me just remind you that it's Thanksgiving DAY, and there's really no reason to blow the whole week just because you go a little crazy with one meal. Don't let that lead to an entire week of overindulgence. Because you really don't want to have to go into the Christmas season with an extra 3, 5, 8 pounds to lose. You know that's no exaggeration. I could easily gain that in a week.
So enjoy your Thanksgiving feast, or stay on your usual program. I'm not telling you what your own plan should be. But I am encouraging you to stay in control of your own efforts in the days that follow. Believe me, you'll have another chance to eat that stuff again in a few weeks, so just relax already!
I'm really going to focus this year on the reason for this holiday -- giving thanks. I have so many things to be thankful for. We all have difficulties, but when we focus on the blessings in our own lives, it's easy to see that life is good and that there are wonderful aspects of just being alive.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!