Ever since Memorial Day weekend, my weight loss has stalled. There’s been something nearly every weekend–Memorial Day, graduation party, birthday party, just-because party, July 4, etc.–with a let’s celebrate vibe. I really tried to stay on track for each celebration. I planned what to eat and tracked my points. Some weeks I was successful and either maintained or lost weight. Other weeks I gained weight and had to focus the next week on losing what I gained. The result is that I’ve lost and gained the same two pounds for the past month or so, keeping me at about 10 pounds down.
I’d say summer’s hard because of so many things nearly every weekend. But winter’s hard because of the holidays. No matter what time of year, there always seems to be something that makes losing or maintaining a weight loss hard. But you know what? That’s life! Sometimes it’s easy, and sometimes it’s really hard. The key is staying consistent and keeping at it.
I’m reminding myself of the positives. I’ve been maintaining my weight loss for more than six years. While I had my biggest gain last year, I’ve still kept off the majority of what I lost. Considering that the majority of people who lose weight gain all or most of it back, I’m very happy that I’ve kept off the majority of the weight I lost. Also, I’ve lost about 10 pounds of last year’s gain this year. All of my clothes fit, and I’m even comfortable running in shorts again.
I’m still going to keep trying because I want to lose a bit more. I’m so close that I’m very motivated to get there. My plan to get there is simply to continue to follow Weight Watchers. I lost weight and have maintained it through Weight Watchers and am a Lifetime member. It’s not a coincidence that when I quit Weight Watchers last year, I gained a lot of weight.
I’d say that exercise seems to have almost no impact on my weight loss, but I don’t think that’s true. The fact is that I’m never completely sedentary. Even on true rest days, when I’m not biking or walking to walk, running, or strength training, I walk my dog for at least an hour. We walk our dog every single time he has to do his business (we have a small fenced-in yard, but he doesn’t like to do his business there), plus take him on for-fun walks. While it seems to me that portion control plays a much bigger role in my weight loss, I’m sure if I was completely sedentary–say, bedridden because of illness–it would be even harder to lose and maintain my weight.
This weekend is a big music festival in my neighborhood, with more than 200 bands at a bunch of venues. There will be lots of food trucks–including my favorite vegan food truck!–plus parties friends are having with likely lots to drink and eat. Like every summer weekend with something going on, I’m creating a plan. Food from my favorite vegan food truck? Yes. Crap food like french fries from other food trucks ? No. Unlimited drinks? No. I can usually have one splurge day in the week and still lose weight, so I think if I keep to this plan and stick to my points target the rest of the weekend, I should be good.
As far as what I’m eating most days, with summer produce here, I’m basically grazing on raw veggies and fruits and mashing up beans for various wraps. I just don’t want to cook when it’s a million degrees outside. One thing I’ve been making a lot is zucchini-sundried tomato-tofu sandwiches. I puree tofu with sundried tomatoes (in oil, which works best), a few pine nuts or walnuts, and some salt. Then I sautee zucchini strips in cooking spray and Italian seasoning. I add them to either thin bread or a baguette if I have enough points for a splurge. So good! It’s a perfect picnic sandwich that can be wrapped up and still tastes great eaten at room temperature later.
I just need to remind myself: Stay consistent, keep at it, and be positive!
Have a great weekend!