Fitness Lately: December

Weight Loss Obstacles

Starting Weight: 186 lbs.
Last Weigh-in: 151 lbs.
This Weigh-in: 149 lbs.

Reality: So this is what happens when you stop running. Hm. I bounced around a lot this quarter, due to eating my emotions and having lots of guests/holidays, then clambering back onto the healthy wagon. The biggest fluctuation happened in November, when my period coincided with our awesome guests, Amy and Steve. Within the space of ten days, I went from 147 to 157, then back down to 149. Insanity. You guys know by now that I can’t really control my intense period bloat, but I didn’t help the situation with mass burger consumption.

What Went Right: Instead of stringently counting calories, I enjoyed myself. The best thing that came from this quarter is that I got a taste of the weight maintenance mentality. I figured (with my face buried in a burger probably) that if I could just maintain my weight during the holidays, I’d be happy. I’ve been a lot gentler with myself this quarter than in the past. I’m human and I don’t have to lose any given amount during any given period. If I do, great. If I don’t, I haven’t failed myself forever. Now, once I can figure out how to not fluctuate so hard, it will be smooth sailing from there.

Oddly, I still managed to lose weight, in spite of my dietary misadventures. Recently finding out that I have food sensitivities (garlic, and maybe onion) is going to help me in the future. Instead of going with the delicious garlic fries at the theater, I’m going to go with the hummus plate. It’s a win.

New Goals: I have a list this time.

  • Hit 145 by March 15th.
  • Separate eating and events. I need to learn how to enjoy myself without food as my biggest motivator.
  • Restart running regimen. Mom bought you new shoes for your birthday, so losing a shoe size is not the issue here. Do the thing.

Are you on a weight loss journey? What is your most recent success?

Other posts in this series: SeptemberJuneAprilMarchJanuary, NovemberOctober, and February.

15 thoughts on “Fitness Lately: December

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  5. I’m looking forward to restarting my running again after the winter, I swapped it for cycling now (until one of our bikes got stolen…) so now there’s not uch going on on the exercise front. Surprisingly, I actually feel like I have less energy now that when I was running and cycling. I can’t wait for the nights to be a little lighter so I can run again.

    Good luck!

    • I’m restarting today, now that I’m back from Wizarding World. I’m not looking forward to resetting my mind, but I’m definitely game for getting back into the rhythm, if that makes sense. I’m programmed for nutella only at this point, so my body will inevitably rebel. I’m sorry to hear about your bike — those aren’t cheap!

  6. Keep at it. Remember that weight is just a number, I like to focus on what I can do physically and try to ignore the scale (run faster, lift heavier,). I kind of have the opposite problem (trying to gain weight to reach 200) but the mentality is the same. The scale can be discouraging so I try to focus on the achievements I make in the gym or on my runs. All that said I do need to improve my diet, holidays make it hard.

    • Thanks! Back atcha! My mom and sister are both an even 5 feet, so I know how much different my 25 lbs vs. their 25 lbs is — I have no idea why I’m so much taller. Genetics are weird. Anyway, congrats to you for acing it!

  7. Hey there Meghan! I too am on a weight loss journey, and my most recent success is the the fact that I’ve stopped counting calories! I was stuck at a plateau and I truly think that’s because I was borderline obsessed with staying as low as I could on myfitnesspal… then I was using my leftover calories to eat crap! Now that I’ve stopped with MFP and have been eating intuitively, the scale is finally starting to go down again.

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