GAME Plan: Gaining.

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GAME PlanHello, Dragons! It was bound to happen. It’s not possible to record a weight loss journey without eventually posting about a bad week that resulted in a gain instead of a loss. I knew that at some point I’d have to post that I had gained so this week, I’m sad to say that I’m up 2 lbs. from last week. It’s frustrating, though, because while I wasn’t perfect, I was pretty conscientious about my diet this week. I had figured my gain post would go something like, “Okay guys, I gained 2 lbs. this week, but I TOTALLY deserved it. I had SO much junk food! I was like Scrooge McDuck diving through his vault, but instead of money, it was desserts! Yeah, I gained 2 lbs, but it was COMPLETELY worth it!”

Nope.

Salads were my go-to meal. Sweets stayed off my radar. My biggest cheats were a couple of cupcakes for my 4th Anniversary with my husband and a PayDay bar at the movies. That was it. Were all my choices on point? No. But, I can say that I’m pretty proud of how I did this week.

So what gives…

The fact of the matter is, I weigh myself twice a week. The day before this goes up, I weigh myself and then plan my article accordingly. So, I’m not getting the clearest picture of my gains and losses on a day-to-day basis. This is a conscious decision because I don’t want to obsess about a number on a scale. But that comes with the downside of not knowing how accurate a bi-weekly weigh in is.

That’s not saying that I’m going to excuse away the gain. I’m still going to look at this as a set-back that I need to address. But I’m not going to beat myself up over it. From diets in the past, my prediction is if I keep doing what I’m doing…the next weigh-in will show a bigger loss than usual. If it isn’t, then I need to take a harder look at what I’m doing and be honest with myself about how effective my choices are.

Plugging this week into the GAME Plan, this is how I fared:

Gradual Changes

In my last article, I set my nutrition goal as buying cheats with physical exercise. I didn’t increase my activity level, but I also was pretty good about what I ate. The fact is, I don’t feel like I needed to buy my cheats because I wasn’t cheating. So, I’m calling this a success, even though the scale says otherwise.

My goals for the next two weeks:

Nutrition Goal: Find fun low-carb alternatives.

I’ve been trying to find places to eat out that have interesting, low-carb options. Salads can get boring really fast, so it’s important for me to try and find low-carb meals that I can get excited about. My house is still under renovation, so I’m still without a kitchen. Finding meal options that are interesting and fun is essential to me not backsliding.

Fitness Goal: Do something physical each day.

I’m still struggling with low activity levels. If I can’t bribe myself with cheats, I need to force myself to do something active each day. Time is a real issue. So I need to make the time. I need to start walking to my meals again, and if I don’t have time to do that, I need to walk around the school during breaks. Anything I can do to get moving is better than what I’m doing now.

Accountability

Accountability has not been a problem. The farther I go on this journey, the more motivated I feel to keep finding ways to stay motivated and to nudge myself towards my goals. I feel like the primary source of accountability for me this week was myself! I feel like I was working for me these last 2 weeks. I think that’s an important step. It’s unfortunate that this was the week the scale went up instead of down.

Moderation

Apparently, my moderation this week was not as moderate as it needed to be. It’s teacher appreciation week at my school. I’m avoiding the faculty lounge because its dessert city down there. It’s one area where I know moderation will be difficult, so I’m not putting myself in a position where I’m going to meet with temptation. Sometimes, avoiding temptation is better than being moderate in my choices.

Enthusiasm

I’ve heard from a couple of people this week who have mentioned that they are starting their own health journeys and that makes me happy. Knowing that there are people out there that I can text or tweet with a “Help! I’m about to eat donuts!” is comforting. These next two weeks, no matter what your goals are, try and find a buddy. It helps.

It would be easy to get discouraged by the number on the scale today. But I know that I’ve been making forward progress. I could let it spiral me into a negative place that stops my momentum completely, or I can use it to find new ways to motivate my progress and push myself even farther before the next weigh-in.

What are your goals for this week? Let me know! If you want to follow me on a more regular basis, if you need someone to be accountable to, or if you want to share your own journey, you can reply to this post or you can follow me on twitter @EpicGrays. Until next time, remember to #WorkOutNerdOut!

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