Weigh-in this morning: down 1.5 lbs. It was surprising to me because in the last week I’ve been extremely busy with social eating opportunities, and while I’ve definitely made an effort to stick to more supportive foods, I haven’t been as scrupulous as I feel I should. I think my ideas of how scrupulous I need to be are based on maintaining a weight that’s lower than I’m currently maintaining, so every time I find that I’m enjoying myself I think, “I’m going to gain it all back!” But having found my lifestyle set point I get a good flat result on my weigh-ins.
There’s that phrase again: Set point. I’ve said it before, and I’ll always say it. There’s no set point that my body requires. What I have is a set point for how much food and exercise I have in my life. It’s a lifestyle or behavioral set point. If the set point theory of body metabolism was true, I’d still be 300 pounds because most of my life I hovered there. But once I changed my habits and lifestyle, my weight changed accordingly.
One of my favorite role models always says, “You can have excuses or you can have results, but you can’t have both.” And that’s how I feel about set point. It’s often used as an excuse (heck, I used it for years before I finally buckled down and made the lifestyle changes I needed to make).
So…this week. I’m still a pound above where I want to be, so I’m going to continue my good habits. I have several more social activities this week that involve food. My strategies are:
- Bring my own food if possible
- Never go hungry
- Stick to low-calorie/high-water-density foods like fruits and veggies
- Limit my time & exposure to unsupportive foods by NOT loitering by the food table
- Find things to do with my hands that don’t involve stuffing food into my mouth
And on the exercise front, December is very hard for me – today it was below freezing so walking to work was out. But, I brought my gym bag so I am going to hit the gym today, and every day that I can’t walk to work.
What’s your strategy for the short, cold, treat-filled days of December?