It’s exactly ten months since I woke up to find that I weighed in at 85kg, decided that that was low enough and that it was time for maintenance to begin. A couple of weeks after that I had drifted a bit lower (to 83.5kg) and it’s that weight that I now count as my ‘target weight’. This morning I weighed 82.6kg, and so everything seems to be going well. BUT…
…nobody should think that this has been a stress-free easy ride! My weight has wobbled around quite a lot – it has dipped down to about 81.5kg four times, and has shot up to about 85.5kg four times, and up to a worrying 86.8kg on one occasion. So in ten months my heaviest has been over 5kg (11 pounds) more than my lightest. As any good DietGeek should, I thought I would look back at how quickly some of those weight gains happened, and what I managed to do about them.
- Gained 4.3kg (9 pounds) over 12 days in May, on a self-catering holiday in Norfolk. It then took 22 days to lose that weight – a very worrying time.
- Gained 2.4kg (5 pounds) over 13 days in July, on a working holiday at a hotel in Wales. On returning, it took only 10 days to lose 3.7kg (8 pounds).
- Gained 2.7kg (6 pounds) over 12 days in October, again working in Wales, but including big birthday celebrations. It took 24 days to lose that.
- Gained 3.7kg (8 pounds) over 14 days in November, working away in Plymouth and St Albans. It took a whole month to lose that lot!
I’m not exactly sure what to make of this, but let me give it a go:
A. It seems to be telling me that deep in my new trim, healthy-BMI frame, the old fat Steve is always lurking, ready to make himself known when I am away from home. Quick gains of half a stone are not little blips!
B. I can get rid of these gains, because I have learned how to eat in order to lose weight. But I need to get back on that pony as soon as I get home, and I need to apply myself very seriously. I have to lose a weight gain quickly, because if the next stay away comes before I’ve lost the excess weight, then I will put on another few kilos. And then old fat Steve will start to inflict a lot of damage, and I will have to beat him off with a very big stick!