YoYo beats NoYo+
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
I had a good scale week and dropped 5 pounds. Funny thing was that I did the same amount of exercise and ate the same calories as the week before, when I dropped less than 2 pounds, or the week where I dropped .2 of a pound!
And really, it doesn't matter. In that this is not a RACE to goal. It's a lifestyle change that I'll have to stick closely to for the rest of my life - or the weight comes back on.
When I entered my loss, my tracking chart came up. It shows a loss of 32 pounds. Nice, right? That's a success! Which I need to remember. Because that is 32 pounds over 3.5 years. Because a year in, I stopped Sparking and started to drift back into my old eating habits and then I stopped exercising. It's the classic Yo-Yo. Which I've done many times in my 50 years.
But then I remind myself that even when I left Spark, I kept some healthy habits like breakfast, no more cream and sweetener in my 5-6 daily cups of coffee, and eating an apple every day. Of course, lots of the unhealthy habits came back, but there was still a health gain. And, three years after starting Spark, I weighed less than when I began. Which, if I had never joined Spark, would have been another 20 pound gain - based on historic annual weight gain of 10 pounds - bringing me close to 400 pounds. Instead, I'm now close to 300 pounds and I expect that by Halloween, I'll in my two's!!!
So, even though I DO wish that I'd stuck with Spark, because I would have been at my goal and maintaining for the past year if I had, I'm still grateful for the YoYo, instead of a NoYo with the steady 10 pounds a year weight gain.
Somewhere in the past week, I read a quote about weight loss not being a steady decline, but that it was more like a series of ups and downs, but if we keep at it, if we don't get discouraged, we can get there.
Now, it's easy to feel encouraged and cheerful in a week where the scale is showing significant results. The trick will be feeling this positive the next time I don't lose, or even show a small gain. The trick lies in reminding myself that this way of eating and healthy, happy movement is now part of my daily life, not some restrictive regime that isn't real life. This is it if I want to keep enjoying my new strength and flexibility, if I want to lose the joint pain that comes from all the weight they have to carry when I walk and sit, and if I want to enjoy being free from fear that a restaurant or plane seat will be too small for my 59 inch hips (and those hips are five inches smaller than they were back in January, incidentally).