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Weigh-In Wednesday: Getting Back on Track

After losing nearly 10 lbs relatively easily, I fell off the bandwagon. It started with reaching my first plateau [which ya’ll warned me about!], but it was still a little bit discouraging. Bad choices spiraled from there: I stopped counting calories, I didn’t stay as active and I got angry with myself. But then I talked to my mother in-law who is also working on losing weight and she told me “this week my goal is to just get back on track.”

And it turned out to be just what I needed to hear. This is a process, a long road to learning to make better lifestyle choices. I’m going to hit plateaus and I’m going to fall off the bandwagon sometimes. That’s okay; as long as I commit to getting back on track. So I guess this month’s post is going to be short and sweet: I didn’t lose any more weight, and I don’t feel like I really improved upon much. I do feel slightly skinnier [sometimes] and I’ve definitely noticed an uptick in my cardio and muscular strength.

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But instead of using all of my energy talking about what I’ve done wrong in the past, I want to focus on what I can do in the future to keep on track. This next month, I want to make one conscious decision to live a healthier lifestyle each week. Whether that’s counting calories on the weekend, ordering a salad instead of a burger at dinner or just taking the dog for an extra walk, I really don’t care. Anything is better than nothing, and it’s time for me to get back on track and re-commit to living a better, healthier lifestyle.

How often have you gotten off track in your health & fitness journey? What tips/tricks/solutions did you find most helpful for getting back on track?

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17 thoughts to “Weigh-In Wednesday: Getting Back on Track”

  1. I know I haven’t been actively participating in this series, but in general I’m an avid calorie counter and constantly keeping track of my progress. My vacation really messed me up, due to a never-ending supply of free drinks and copious amounts of sodium in the food. Since then I’m also trying to get back on the bandwagon. It’s hard, but so worth it in the end!

  2. I’m currently on the journey to re-lose the 20 pounds I lost in 2013. Some stressful family things last year put all of the weight plus an extra 10 pounds on pretty fast as I definitely self medicate with food. One of the things that has really worked for me in the past has been to set smaller goals. For example, my goal this time around is to lose 15 pounds and then take a break for a week or two. Then maybe do 10 pounds and take a break. For me it makes the smaller goals seem more attainable when they are smaller than when I am 30 pounds away from where I want to be. I also find that sometimes once I get on a roll I don’t need the break because the success I’ve had so far has been enough to keep me pushing through!

    Lastly, I just want to remind you that the scale is just a number and that muscle weighs more than fat so keep in mind that sometimes when the scale isn’t budging it’s because the muscle you are building is replacing fat. This is why I like to take measurements every few weeks. The number on the scale may not be changing but you are getting smaller! 🙂 Don’t be too hard on yourself, you’ve already had some great success and you can do this!

  3. 10lbs! That is amazing, good for you to motivate yourself. It is really hard! I love fried everything…. darn food chains!

  4. I think it’s brilliant that you’re setting such concrete goals for yourself- it’s all well and good to say “I want to lose 5/10/80/927 pounds,” but actually setting up behaviors (walking the dog, ordering a salad, etc.) makes it easier to stay accountable to yourself! Sounds like you’ve got exactly the right mindset!

  5. I think one of the best pieces of advice I ever heard about losing weight was that you didn’t gain all the weight overnight, why would you expect to lose it overnight? It really put things in perspective for me in terms of expectations and time lines, making me realize that being at a healthy weight isn’t a “diet”-it really has to be a lifelong commitment to eat better and be fitter.

    It also helps to have something new and exciting to get you back on track. Like a new class at the gym, maybe some new workout clothes, a new cookbook, etc etc.

  6. I use the Weight Watcher e-tools and even when I go a bit nuts for the week I still make sure to track everything. It allows me to recognize that I’ve gotten off track and being accountable by logging my food makes me think twice about what I’m eating!
    The thing to keep in mind- it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and while the end game is to get fitter etc, it’s really a change that will continue and carry on-wards over a lifetime. It would be near impossible (at least for me) to keep perfect eating habits every week of your entire life!

  7. When I get off track, the most empowering thing for me to do is plan ahead. I plan ahead the next day’s meals, I plan ahead for healthy snacks to bring to work the next day, etc. That makes me feel in control and sets me up for success. Usually when I go off track its because I forgot to plan ahead.

  8. I’m off track currently. Ugh. Why is ALL THE SUGAR suddenly so appealing??? I’m doing WW and I skip tracking things, but I need to realize that I’m only hurting myself here…

  9. This winter I got a bit off my track, I was having problems waking up for my workouts and have an extra glass of wine or dessert. No bueno. I’ve been kicking myself a bit, and hope that I can get back on my plan now that it’s getting warmer. My biggest thing is feeling good about myself in my nice dress clothes, as I work in a very professional environment, so that’s a huge motivator! Pencil skirts do not lie.

  10. I get off track fairly regularly, usually because I’ll come home and say, “I don’t feel like cooking- let’s go out to eat!”

    That said, I’ve worked hard to establish an exercise habit, so unless I TOTALLY nuts, it isn’t TOO bad. Any time I feel like I’m getting out of control with eating, I do a Whole 30 (or a mini one like a Whole 14 or something). It really helps me reset my mind and my body!

  11. Off track? I call that “Monday.” No. Seriously. Monday I bought a half gallon of ice cream.

    Anyway, the key for me is checking in every few days to see how I feel. “Feeling stuck, down, lethargic, depressed, and tired? Oops. Probably feel off my eating and exercising and being a badass routine. Better sit down and make a plan to get back to it.” So sit down an plan a week of meals and leftovers, write out my running, riding and gym schedule, and set a goal for the week. “Run 18 miles this week. Ride 4x. Go to the gym once. Don’t eat any ice cream until Saturday.” If I fail a goal, I try not to look down on myself. Life is hard enough. Sometimes you need to come home and dig fork first into the tub of ice cream (what? I can’t be the only one to eat ice cream with a fork…). It’s not the end of the world, just try hard to stay on top of your stress and eating the next day so you don’t have to resort to that. Eventually you’re three years down the line, and you’re in the best shape of your life, and you don’t even remember how you got there.

  12. I think you are looking at it the right way! Staying positive is the key. You should absolutely read the book, The Happiness Advantage. I love it so much and it has taught me so much about life and horses (much like the book you quoted on success!). As the book says, it isn’t about how you fall, but it is about how you get back up :)!!!

  13. Ugh, I feel you, sista. I am so off track right now. It doesn’t really matter what the numbers on the scale say. I just feel terrible when I eat like crap. I need to re-focus. Back to the drawing board!

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