On June 21, 2006, I attended my first Weight Watchers meeting. At that time, I weighed 232.4 pounds. (That was better than the 242 pounds that I weighed on April 21, 2003. But, I was still a tub of goo, nonetheless, back in 2006.)
Thirty-two weeks after joining Weight Watchers, I was down to 174.8 pounds (on January 31, 2007).
And, until recently, I did an excellent job at maintaining that weight loss and a decent job at working on being more fit.
Yes, I said, “until recently.”
My exercise routine has gone to hell in the last 4 months. The last time I went to the gym was at the end of February. Basically, between long work days and supporting my 9-year old son’s Travel Baseball, Little League and All-Star Tournament teams, I just haven’t found the time to get there.
Yes, I know the answer is to get up early in the morning and just get to the gym for an hour before the day gets in the way. But, lately, I have such a hard time getting up before 7:30 AM.
The last time I went for a run was my race on June 2nd and that was a disaster. And, in reality, I haven’t been running regularly since January-February of this year.
Worse, my diet has gone to crap. I am making poor food choices. I’ve been very sloppy with my tracking in my food journal. And, I stopped taking my supplements a long time ago. Lastly, I can’t seem to get through my kitchen without grabbing some nuts or chips and snacking on them all day (and night) long.
Also, I stopped monitoring my weight on a regular basis. For many years, I used to do it daily. Lately, I went to weekly. But, this month, I haven’t gotten on a scale at home once.
So, what do you think happened as a result of all this? My weight, when I went to Weight Watchers last week, was 179.2 pounds. (In the last two weeks, I have gained 5.2 pounds.)
I need to get this all under control – and fast. I’ve been so good for the last “almost seven years” – and it’s starting to come apart in the last four months.
Oh, and, by the way, eight days ago, I had a fall in the house and now I have two chip fractures in my left big toe – which is still killing me and preventing me from getting any running done.
My plan now: Try like hell to avoid the mindless eating. Get back to good tracking. Weigh myself more often. Get to the gym, starting tomorrow morning. And, once my toe is back to normal, run – run, run, run…every day.
My first goal is to lose six pounds within the next three weeks. After that, I realize that it may go up a bit if I am in the gym on a regular basis. And, if the scale reads something like 175 pounds after pumping iron for a while, I can live with that number. But, for now, I need to put the breaks on this slide and get back to feeling better about what I am doing to myself.