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I Couldn’t Help Myself….

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I had to step on the scale this morning. I just had to.

Ugh. Not what I wanted to see but totally what I expected.

Hey, I’m ROCKING the weight maintenance. My weight has been consistent since August. That’s a HUGE accomplishment for a prior yo-yo dieter. In my previous life I was only ever in 1 of 2 states: losing or gaining.

Of course I want to lose these last 10lbs, but right now may not be the best time to get all gung-ho with the weight loss goals. With Christmas in less than 3 weeks, The Husband’s birthday a few days before, a holiday cookie decorating date with Little Guy and an office Christmas party to attend (SO excited I get to dress up for something!) it’s just not realistic. Notice I didn’t say impossible. Of course, anything’s possible. I just don’t want the pressure during the holidays.

Why do that to yourself?

Nope, I’m simply going to keep doing what I’m doing: staying conscious and making good choices. It may seem like it’s not working in the weight loss department when the scale doesn’t actually go down, but it is and it will.

On to my day in food! I must admit, this whole food photo journal things is getting really fun for me.

The day started out with an old favorite…

Quick Whole Grain Banana Pancakes – Click here for the recipe.

Mid-morning I made a snack…

It looks fancy because I had to do a recipe photo shoot for The Laughing Cow (I’m one of their Community Leaders.) I’ll be posting the recipe for the pinwheels on The Laughing Cow blog in a few weeks.

Lunch was AMAZING!

I had some leftover steak so I whipped up a Cheesesteak Wrap. SO good.

While making dinner Little Bean had some Snapea Crisps and so did I.

Dinner was a quick chicken dish I whipped up. Some whole wheat noodles, peas and leftover Thanksgiving gravy was all I needed.

I had the bowl pictured and a little bit more. It was good!

After dinner I hit the gym. Wednesday night is BodyCombat!

Now I’m enjoying a cup of tea and a 100 calorie bag of popcorn. The kitchen is closed and I’m going to bed right after Revenge. American Horror Story will have to wait until tomorrow. I’m exhausted!



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There are 15 comments so far.

    lisa

    December 8, 2011

    good on you! i think i’m going to do this too…restriction isn’t realistic during the holidays, just moderation.

    nivedita

    December 8, 2011

    Ok. I’ve said this before. I love your blog. Am picking up a lot of hints and inspiration from you. Ans I have the gained the confidence to blog about weight loss journey.

    Marissa

    December 8, 2011

    Roni,
    I have to say that this post really hit home tonight. I’ve been beating myself up over holiday cookies, holiday happy hours, and just plain old holiday stress. I must admit that I have been off plan more than on and I could do better. I lost 60lbs about 3 yrs ago, had a baby a year ago(gained 40lbs w/that pregnancy) and I’m still struggling to lose 30 of those pounds. You helped to remind me (again) that I am more than a number. It is about my actions and at the end of the day that is all that matters. Did I have fun with my baby girl? Did I enjoy baking cookies with my son? Did I have a relaxing evening with my husband? Lastly, did I do something for me today? If I can answer yes to even one of those things then I can go to sleep happy;-) December IS a tough month! But you reminded me that it’s just a time of year and to focus on balancing it all out. Thanks again Roni for not being afraid to put it all out there and stepping on that scale. You’ve given me the courage to get to my next weigh in and no matter what it says. It’s just a number;-)

    Angie

    December 8, 2011

    Roni,
    First off, congrats on ‘ROCKING’ the weight maintenance!! And at this very festive time of the year you certainly are doing an outstanding job on portion control (as seen in the pics) :). Congrats again!

    Patty

    December 8, 2011

    Maintaining is great. Think about what would be happening if you weren’t making healthy choices. A great goal, in my opinion, for this time of year is to simply maintain.

    I think maintenance should be the goal for many during this time of year and consider any loss a bonus. You’re doing great! I think you’ll love the episode of AHS, we did!

    LisaM

    December 8, 2011

    Just maintaining is a feat in itself at this time of year. January is a good time to get back on the losing trend – with all the extra temptations not around any more, it seems so much easier than in other months. And eating clean and lean tastes so good after the holiday junk!

    AmandaRunz

    December 8, 2011

    It’ll come. Little Bean is 9m, it took you that long to put it on. And with all the hustle of having a 9m old AND a 6yr old, I’m sure you know where I’m going with this.

    But it will come(off). Besides, you’re rocking the mileage AND body pump class. I’d be willing to bet that a lot of it is you are gaining muscle back!

    Regardless, you look amazing. For serious.

    Jenn@slim-shoppin

    December 8, 2011

    I’m pretending I’m on the Biggest Loser and the Season Finale is January 1st! That way instead of just giving in to the Holiday temptation – I’m just going to work really hard and be down by January 1 – not up 10 pounds!!

    At least you know how to maintain your wait – that’s half the battle!

    Sheri

    December 8, 2011

    Good for you for not letting the scale get you down. Feeling bad would have no benefit to our weight loss goals, but feeling good about maintaining can only help us be successful! Like you I have been stuck in the mid 150s for months now, determined to lose the last 5 lbs. Keeping the motivation up is so important!

    Ami

    December 8, 2011

    I just sent an e-mail to my weight-loss buddy saying pretty much the same thing, and setting some realistic/not getting out of control goals.

    You may be gaining several pounds of muscle. I have a friend who had been teaching several weight and step classes a week, plus running about four miles a day. She dropped all her classes and just continued running, and she lost 8 pounds of muscle over the next six months. In her case that was a good thing because she had too much muscle, especially in her rear end and thighs, and her clothes fit much better now. So, muscle really does start to bulk up and weigh a lot!

    calgaryhcgdrops

    December 9, 2011

    I love your blog!! The food journals are so cute. I’m glad to see you are having fun with it. I seriously hate stepping on the scale but i feel the same way as you explained. Just continue being conscious and work at it. I find it helps to NEVER get down on myself for the mistakes i made, just look forward to what I am able to control. feeling healthy helps ;) Thanks so much!

    Andi

    December 9, 2011

    Roni, Congrats on maintaining! I’m still in the weight loss leg of my journey and totally scared of maintaining. (I know it won’t happen, but I have an unfounded fear that I put all this work in to lose weight and then I won’t remember a thing I learned and gain it all back!) But just as you’ve inspired me to lose and get healthy, you keep inspiring me for maintenance too! If you can do it, I can too!

    April Reisenfeld

    April 23, 2012

    Hi Roni, what really struck me about this post was your comment about how you were “always losing or always gaining. Thats me!!!! I have tried medifast, weight watchers and I lose and gain it back. I am inspired by your positive attitude and your yummy looking snacks and meals. Do you mind if I ask how many points you can have each day? Do you count your workout points?

    roni

    April 23, 2012

    Hi April! I’m no counting anymore but when I was losing I followed the old points and did not count workout points. That was a long time ago though. Now I’m trying to eat moere intuitively.