These extra post race five pounds are not going away as quickly as I would like. I did not have a great weekend of eating and only exercised one day...I was beating myself up for not sticking with my will power and determination to really rid myself of these last lbs.
I woke up on Monday morning and was getting ready to go for my run. I had laid everything out the night before..no excuses to not get these six miles in...not even the 29 degree temperature. I hadn't weighed myself all weekend because I know that eating pizza and tortellini and Halloween candy will not get me to my goal. I know not hopping on the treadmill even if for just thirty minutes on a day that I was home with all the kids is not pushing me in the right direction. I avoided my scale since Friday but it was now Monday and I was going to bite the bullet!
The scale at 6:00 am Monday morning made me smile...it had me within a pound of my goal...I was ecstatic...confused...but ecstatic. I remembered back to my Weight Watchers day that they would say sometimes you needed a big off day to trick your body into letting go of some weight. I was beyond words excited. I headed out the door for my run...it was cold but I felt so charged by my early morning finding I didn't really care. I was proud of me for sticking with it for over two weeks to get these pounds off and knew that the blow up on Saturday was NOT going to happen again.
After my run, which I managed to average a faster pace than normal, I came inside from the cold, gave G2 a big sweaty hug and kiss and wished my hubby a great day at work. I shared with him how great my run felt...that it was easier than most other days, I was not tired, I felt lighter on my feet. I then made my Weight Control Brown Sugar and Maple Syrup Oatmeal and cup of Decaf tea and enjoyed my breakfast with G3 and G1. I was feeling extremely chipper!
I finished up my breakfast and headed upstairs to take my shower and get ready for the day. I wanted to weigh post run to see the change from the water loss. Well guess what. It was back to my original number. I must have been standing funny on my scale prior to the run...I haven't lost those five pounds...they are right where they have been the whole time. My mood immediately went to crap. I was annoyed at myself for the five pounds but more annoyed at myself for letting the idea of that loss dictate my mood for the day.
I told my husband this story that night...he brought up the point that I didn't look different in the mirror when I thought I had loss the five pounds but yet I was disappointed. He reminded me that I was the same with or without that five pound loss and or maintenance. I am in charge of my approach to the day...not the scale.
So here we are Tuesday...and I am logging and drinking water like it's my job. I am DETERMINED to shed these silly five pounds by turkey day. I will have success on this scale prior to the holiday but not for it to make or break my day. I want those five pounds gone so I don't have to stress on a weekend when I want to enjoy time with my family and friends. There is A LOT of pie at my Thanksgiving...can't pass that up or the candied yams and bacon brussels sprouts!!
Don't let the number determine your mood. Don't get wrapped up in that. Remember how you feel when you finish that workout or have a successful day of making the right choices. If that mood and those actions continue then the number will move on its own at its own pace.
Embrace the Suck...Choose You...it's okay to go slow!