If you’ve read any of my blogs you’ll know I am very keen on planning and measuring! So at the start of December, with Christmas now in sight, I’ve been thinking about my weight over Christmas and beyond. Today I am at 83.5kg, and a month from today I want to be the same (and ideally a bit less) – easy to say!
What makes my target tricky?
- For the last three months the trend of my weight has been upwards. Not much, but my weight is now hovering about a kilo higher than it was in September. I’ve got to stop that upward trend, otherwise at Christmas 2016 I might be a stone heavier than my lowest, and I would be officially overweight. AND THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!
- Christmas is traditionally a time for a bit of indulgence, and the generally nasty weather seems to make indulgence even more tempting.
But, on the other hand, what makes my target not too difficult?
- I blogged recently that I spend a lot of nights away from home, and I end up eating in places not known for low-calorie meals. But, as it happens, I now have a run of 17 days at home, so I will be in my usual eating routine.
- We are spending Christmas itself with my sister-in-law and her partner. They are not big eaters, or drinkers, and they do not do Christmas traditions (such as Christmas pud!).
- Over new year we will be away in a self-catering cottage. We might eat out once or twice, but basically it will be my own cooking. And there will be a lot of walking in the country.
So the plan is I use the next couple of weeks to lose a bit, using roughly the eating habits that I used to lose my ten stones. That will give me some headroom for whatever might happen over Christmas and new year. And, with any luck, I will get on the scales in the new year, and find I am lighter than I am today.
This probably all seems super-careful. But if I have learned anything in my eight months of maintenance, it’s that if I lose focus on my weight, the scales start to give me bad news almost immediately. For me, constant vigilance is required!