That’ll Teach Me!

Slip or Slide 2Yes, I know what you’re thinking – this doesn’t look like a very interesting picture! But this is what I use to try to keep control over maintenance – the new phase of my life.

The blue circles are my daily weigh-ins. The far left is when I decided that I had reached my maintenance weight, and the far right is today, and each line down is another month gone by. Each line up is 2kg (about four-and-a-half pounds), so you can see that the difference between my lowest weight and highest weight in maintenance is about a whopping 10 pounds! My blog last week was about how, as we all know, it is normal for weigh-ins to bob up and down, and so I look at the moving average – that’s the black line. Any point on the black line is the average of all the weigh-ins in the previous month, so that smooths out those blips.

Mr Completely-in-Control was happy that the black line had been going down or staying level for many weeks. Then last week Ann and I went away for a few days to celebrate her birthday at a small hotel we like a lot – especially because of the excellent food. They made a fuss of her on her birthday itself, and brought out champagne and a birthday cake, after we’d finished the big meal. My moving average was OK, so I thought that I would just have a little taste of cake. I’m not even that keen on cake, but this was delicious, and had chocolate on it too. I haven’t had any cake or chocolate for over two years, and something snapped. Half an hour later the big 12-slice cake was half-eaten, washed down with the champagne. And the next night we finished the other half of it.

I had really thought that my urges to eat a lot of high-calorie food were a thing of the past, but that holiday (and especially that cake) brought me down to earth with a bump. And my mood wasn’t helped because I have been back home for three days, and the weight is not dropping off as it used to. I suppose that is because nowadays I am eating more because I am maintaining, not trying to lose. And the moving average is clearly going up! So, it’s back to basics – out of the cupboard with the kitchen scales, and back to keeping my food diary. That moving average is going to start coming down again, before a slip turns into a slide!

1 Comment

  • Sprog says:

    It is fascinating to see your graph and the way the daily weight is less meaningful than the averages.

    And probably those blips stop us getting too complacent! Because it was so dramatic you have noticed it, and sat up and taken action. Had you made a series of smaller blips, it would have taken longer for it to show, by which time you’d be in a bad habit. This way at least you are back on the path / wagon / pony straight away!

    Presumably the absolute weight will be off long before the average starts coming down? So this might be one occasion to be recognising the importance of the absolute weight as well as the everage. Hope it all goes well over the week as you weigh and measure!

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