I have learned two things (actually way more than that, but for this post, just two) about my weight loss since starting this blog: I’ve learned what works for me to lose weight and what doesn’t work for me to lose weight. The big problem is that I want to continue with some of the behaviors in the “what doesn’t work for me” category, and I’m learning that it’s not going to work. I am going to have to stick with the stuff in the “what works” category, and get rid of all of the “what doesn’t work for me” stuff.
I don’t like what I’m discovering about myself, but all of this therapy, seeing the dietitian, and monitoring my food and exercise are there to help me identify problems. I have to accept the findings, learn from them, and adapt. If I do, I will reach my goal of getting this weight off. If I continue to behave as I have been, I’ll keep flip flopping up and down on the scale, and continue to binge and be miserable.
There are no promises or declarations from me about the following because we all know I love to make declarations and not follow through. No, these are recommendations for preventing future binges: most important items are highlighted in red
- Take meds at the same times every day, and DON’T SKIP MEDS. – I take a blood pressure pill in the mornings, and my anti-depressant, throid, and allergy meds at night.
- Don’t consume alcohol. – I have noticed a trend that when I drink alcohol, I binge. – I can hang out with friends that are drinking, and I can go to bars, just don’t drink booze. I’ve done it before, and I can do it again. Alcohol is easier for me to resist than junk food at a buffet…
- Always sleep using the CPAP machine AND humidifier. – Lately, when I sleep over at friends’ homes, I either don’t use my CPAP or don’t use the humidifier on the machine.
- Stay away from buffets and parties that serve snacks “buffet style”. – 90% of the time, I cannot control myself in this environment, especially if alcohol is thrown into the mix.
- Plan food in advance, and stick to the plan! – Weekdays I can relax on this one. My really troublesome areas are sleeping over at someone elses home, vacations, and the weekends.
- Follow the exercise plan! – Danny has provided me with a run schedule for the Merdeces Half Marathon in February, and I also have planned workouts. My only designated rest day is Sunday.
- Have contingency plans just in case plans don’t work out. – For example, go to a spin class or run on the treadmill if it’s raining outside.
- Track all exercise and food. – It’s helpful information in discovering patterns and also troubleshooting problems.
- Drink at least 64oz of water per day. – My good patterns always start to go downhill when I don’t get that water in every day. – I also tend to skip my water when I’m away from home and work.
- Stay away from situations and environments where you will in all likelihood overeat or drink alcohol. – My greatest threat is parties with alcohol. Also, going on a cruise is not a good idea.