Returning from vacation and a 5 1/2 pound gain…That’s what I’m working with this week. While on my blogging and school vacation, I went on a cruise to Bermuda with my better half. I had an absolute blast with some much needed rest, relaxation and fun. However, that rest, relaxation and fun came with a 5 1/2 pound price tag.
That’s because while on my physical vacation, I took a vacation from my diet and exercise routine, causing the weight gain. My weight loss til date, hasn’t exactly been stellar, but now, at 41 weeks, instead of losing 9 pounds, I’m actually 4.6 pounds heavier than when I started 9 weeks ago. I’ve regained the little weight I’ve lost and then some.
While it’s tempting to throw my hands in the air, and give up, I just won’t allow myself to do that. I won’t quit. If I don’t quit, I can’t fail. While the final date remains my 50th birthday in 41 weeks, the most important thing is that I continue to eat right, exercise and aim to regain health and fitness, regardless of the end date.
So, I’m completely rethinking my approach. After doing an article on weight loss motivation, I realized my goals are focused on the wrong thing. Research suggests that the best and most successful people focus on the process of weight loss, NOT the outcome. My goal has, until now, been focused entirely on outcome – losing 50 pounds.
So, I’m starting over, beginning with forgiving myself for the weight gain. What’s done is done, and can’t be undone, other than jumping back on the fitness band wagon. Over the next week, I’ll be rethinking, replanning and rewriting my weight loss, fitness and health goals. Instead of focusing on the weight loss, which has been extremely stressful, I’ll focus on what it will take to lose that weight, namely diet, exercise and stress relief. Instead of reporting weight loss each week, I’ll report on my success sticking or failure with my fitness and diet goals. I’ll still weigh in and report weight loss, but less frequently, perhaps once a month.
As frustrated as I am with the state of my 50 week goal, forgiving and starting over is the only way. Only time will tell whether this new approach will work.