I've been stuck, and it's nobody's fault but my own. Yes - the last 5-10 lbs probably are the most stubborn....but my daily chocolate habit (and i'm not just talking one piece) certainly does not help. Neither does drinking wine or beer several nights a week. Or eating a bunch of junk before I go to bed. I am practically drooling just thinking about it. It's my inner fattie, she will always be with me.
I don't know what happened. Maybe I got comfortable with where I'm at? Or maybe it's just been nice to be enjoying myself yet still finding that I am pretty much maintaining my weight (I admit I haven't weighed in for a long time, but my clothes, including my size 6 items, still fit). I know I certainly take pride in not just my weight loss, but my overall health and fitness. In fact, I'd much rather weigh 10 lbs more but be strong and fit, than to be 10 lbs less but be weak and tired all the time. If I had to choose between being able to run 13 miles or being 10 lbs lighter, I'd choose running every time.
Anyhow. So I'm happy with my fitness. Not that I don't strive for more (i do and i will), but I'm happy. Maybe I started concentrating on that more while forgetting about actual weight. I think that is a GOOD thing. I want to continue a focus on fitness. But truth be told, I'm starting to get the itch to "finish what I started". Why did I initially start this blog? Because I was ready to finally lose the weight. That was 2.5 years ago now and every failure and success and bump in the road is here for the world to see. And I've lost weight - but I'm not quite done. It's time to get there, and hopefully I can do that while also keeping up with my newfound overall fitness. Then will begin a new journey, which is lifetime maintenance!
So what am I going to do in order to get back in action?
First thing is first - no more daily chocolate/candy binges. I've cut myself off, until I can find a base line again and manage to eat ONE piece on occasion without going into a feeding frenzy that would make a shark jealous.
Second - No more glass of wine nearly every night, instead I will reserve that for weekends only, or budget into my calories on certain days, for example when I've burned a lot at the gym or whatever. Beer (I'm a sucker for ciders) is way heavier, and I'm not going to be buying it for myself anymore except for specific occasions (like friends from out of town visiting, for example).
Third - Less snacking after dark, and if I must eat....choose fruit or veggies.
Fourth - utilize MyFitness Pal again. I'm not planning it for the long term, but it helps me get back on track when I log for several days.
Fifth - Show my blog/FB page some love. A huge part of my success in the beginning was that I was blogging. Staying accountable to both myself and others through the perma-record I created via my blog.
Sixth - Adding in new exercise routines. I haven't been to the gym in months, all I've been doing is running. I love running. I will continue to run (although currently letting a case of runner's knee heal). But I need to start doing MORE.
And that is my plan. Out there for all to see, so now I HAVE to follow it.
P.S. Speaking of running, I did my 4th half marathon last weekend - race recap coming soon!
And I leave you with motivation/a reminder to myself. I've come SO far already, as demonstrated by this picture. I can totally go the rest of the way.