#Back2Basics is Gonna Help Me Kick December’s A&$!!!

Back 2 BasicsSo, as you may or may not know, my weight has been puttering around my 5% milestone (that’s Weight Watchers speak for having lost 5% of my body weight) since I hit it on July 20th. Yep, that’s almost FIVE months I have been half-assing this whole getting healthy thing! Eww!

So, after having a rough go of November, when I finally managed to hit another 5 lbs lost milestone and immediately gained 4 lbs back after a visit from my parents involving lots of reckless eating and rounding out the month by using Thanksgiving as a 4-day excuse to eat whatever I wanted, and then starting off December with a weekend out of town that included lots of wine, pasta, empanadas, and one too many krispy kremes, I decided that I would NOT let the fact that it’s “the holidays” be an excuse to continue to be the excuse to allow me to eat whatever I wanted for another entire month!

Yep, there actually is a lot of temptation around the holidays with parties and people bringing cookies to work, etc, and yep, I get sad that I am still single (as the holidays always have a way of making you realize how lonely you are) and that I am still fat, but I thought to myself, if I really do let myself slack this month, as I clearly have for the past 4 and 1/2 months, well then, won’t I be perpetuating my sadness?!? Si.

So when I returned home from Charlotte last Monday, I promised myself that when weigh-in day rolled around on Wednesday, I was going to get back to tracking my food! Ok, so I should have probably started right then and there, but I wanted a clean slate… a whole week of 49 weekly PointsPlus and the momentum that I hoped would follow the inevitable bad numbers on the scale. Amazingly, I only had a 0.6 lb gain! I did manage to eat a few lower calorie meals over the weekend to try to make up for the reckless eating, and I guess it paid off, but I know I could have done better. Especially since I didn’t track a thing! Regardless, that 4 lb gain from November was still there, and that was momentum enough to get me going!

I also decided that I was going to make an effort to get back to tweeting and blogging, 1) because I miss it, and 2) to keep me honest and find the support I used to have out there in cyberspace!

Another one of the things I decided to do was to turn my “week” in my Weight Watchers Online Plan back to week 1 and actually re-read and do all the suggested activities, especially since they rolled out the 2012 PointsPlus changes. A refresher was exactly what I needed! Of course, I know most of it, but given my track record the past few months, maybe there is something I missed or forgot! And as part of 2012 PointsPlus, they changed the website and you can check off each activity they ask you to do and it says, “done!” I love checking off lists! What a great sense of accomplishment!

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And of course I tweeted about it, and I got exactly what I needed. One of my newest twitter friends, @NewVeronica2011, responded “good idea to switch back on website! Need to do that #back2basics.” Ahhhh…. #back2basics …. what is this all about, I thought? I got the 411 from good ol’ Veronica, who introduced me to @tryn2bfit (a.k.a. Colleen at Bee Fit), whose own need to get back to basics inspired this little challenge. (or shall I say big challenge?!?)

The basic idea is to work on whatever it is that you think is keeping you off track and make it a priority to stay on track the entire month of December, instead of using this month as an excuse! All you have to do is let Colleen know in a blog comment (Bee Fit), twitter (@tryn2bfit), or facebook that you are in, and then check in once in awhile to let the everyone know how it’s going!

Encouragement and statuses on twitter will use the hash tag #back2basics. (Although, there are some random tweets that pop up that I doubt are participating in the challenge, i.e. “Its easier for half smart ppl to think the requirement to freedom is standing on one leg for an hour. #back2basics” …hmmmm)

So at the end of the month, we will hopefully have some success to be proud of! Plus, sweet Colleen is gonna pick a winner who will get a special gift! (awww!!!) Moreover, this challenge just helps me feel NOT ALONE! There are a ton of other people out there working hard this month too! Yeah us!

So, as far as I see, there are no steadfast rules to how or what to do for this challenge except to get back to basics and stay on track! I think some goals for the month are in order. I don’t even think it has to be something that you do every day. Just make it work for your success! Here are my goals, that I will take one week, and sometimes one day or even minute, at a time! I am going to:

  1. Track my food and healthy checks (even if I screw up).
  2. Use the stairs instead of the elevator at work.
  3. Start tracking my measurements.
  4. Tweet what I eat (when I can).
  5. Visualize my “skinny self” in moments of potential weakness.
  6. Not be perfect (because that is impossible).
  7. Not let my imperfectness lead to just giving up all together.
  8. Forgive myself if I mess up and start over ASAP.

What are your Back 2 Basics goals?

P.S. Get more details about this challenge on Colleen’s blog: Back 2 Basics Challenge

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  1. Melissa (@MelGetsFit), 12 December, 2011

    Great job getting back to basics! Your goals sound awesome, too. :)

  2. Jerakah Breedlove, 13 December, 2011

    You are so right! I am so glad that I am not the only one who struggles. It’s hard to be honest with yourself, let alone thousands who are in cyberspace. Kuddos to you, and thanks for bringing me along for the ride…we can do this!!!

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