Slim & Sassy Sunday - Steady as She Goes...

Hello! Today I want to share with you my thoughts around holding steady or even *gasp* gaining weight when you're doing your best to lose it. I'll offer 3 suggestions to sticking with your health and wellness goals I'll be implementing next week to see if they make a difference and maybe they'll help you too.

Earlier today I woke up and hopped on the scale. I always weigh in on Sunday morning because it's a day I can consistently guarantee I won't be too busy rushing out the door to run errands or go to work. I actually ate quite a bit yesterday including a yummy sushi lunch and a baked potato bar (shared with Joe and one of my oldest friends Kim) for dinner. I knew that the baked potato would probably be pretty heavy but we'd already planned on this since last month so I didn't want to be a party pooper and eat only salad.

When I stepped onto the scale I hoped that I'd have lost at least a little bit because I am eating well under what I used to but alas the scale blinked it's revelation that I weighed in at 158.8. Technically 0.2 more than my weigh in last week. Seriously... GRR... Stupid scale. Of course I had to step off and try again in case it was somehow lying but it wasn't. Oh well...

I think many of us when we're trying so hard, passing on the goodies in the office, and eating smaller portions or picking something on the "lite" menu it can feel so discouraging to see that we've stayed the same or even gained a little weight. In an effort to not feel like I should blow this whole diet and go out for ice cream here are 3 things I'm going to do this week to keep working towards my health and wellness goals and we'll see how it goes.
  1. Don't blame myself. I am the queen of shouldering the blame and making myself feel bad. In the arena of weight loss I know that sometimes, despite my best efforts, I can't control everything. Especially in women you hear how hormone fluctuations and retaining water can impact your weight. I know this is true for me. There are some times I can hop on the scale and see huge gains and a week later be well below where I was. I know that perhaps it is just the heavy eating from yesterday or maybe hormones so for now I'm not going to blame myself. I'm going to keep pushing forward and see where this journey takes me. I won't give up!
  2. Drink more water. I have had quite a bit of drama this week at work and I think it's impacted how much water I was taking in this week. Perhaps that's contributing to my body holding on to so much water or maybe my food was salty yesterday and is sticking around now. I know when I drink a lot of water it helps how I feel and I feel less bloated. I'm going to keep putting Slim & Sassy and Lemon oil in my water and focus on taking down at least 3 glasses of water during the day. (I always have 1 to 1.5 glasses in the morning and another 1-2 at night so it's just during the day I need to focus on.)
  3. Get moving! This week I was able to make it to yoga one day which was awesome. I LOVE yoga so much! It's one of my favorite things to do because I can tone, build flexibility, and work up a sweat all in one low impact workout. If you haven't tried yoga I highly recommend it. (Check out this FREE 30 day yoga challenge if you want a little taste of what yoga can do for you.) This week I'm going to try and get up early 3 times this week and do my yoga videos. I always think I'll do them when I get home but by then I'm starving, we have to put Russell down, and then it's late and I want to go to bed. I'm going to suck it up and set my alarm early a few days and get down for a early morning workout before I get ready. I'm hoping this will help me better manage stress during the day and feel energized instead of just tired and sluggish all day.
Maybe this week was a fluke or maybe I didn't do as good of a job at tracking my food as I thought I did. Either way I'm not giving up. Long term health and wellness are far more important to me than a diet. I will find balance in my eating and exercise habits and I know that will make a difference in the long run.

Do you have any tips when you fall off the wagon or hit a plateau? Do you have any favorite workout DVD's or YouTube videos you enjoy? Share your tips for success if you've managed to lose weight and keep it off. (Especially if you've had kids.)


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