Back in November, I did a post announcing that I was going to participate in the Holiday Weight Loss Challenge at my work. (Click here to read that post.) Well, mid-January has passed and my weigh-in is history. How do you think I did?
- Held my own – nothing lost, nothing gained
- Failed miserably – hello hips!
- Lost a few – lightened my load
By some miracle (or near starvation) I lost four pounds – c. is the correct answer. My teammate also lost a couple pounds, so we succeeded at the challenge, according to the rules of the contest.
Before you get too excited, I have a confession to make: I didn’t change my eating habits drastically until the last week. The challenge acted more like a speed bump; it slowed me down a bit, but didn’t stop me. Of course I inflicted a respectful amount of guilt upon myself every time I ate something sweet or snacky. During the last week, I ate mostly salads. If I didn’t have a partner, I probably wouldn’t have even done that much.
While I’m unburdening myself, I’d like to also confess that I have not tried any of the exercises that I clipped out of my October issue of Health magazine. That’s right; I have not done even one of the exercises once. The dog-eared pages have been waiting patiently for me to visit again, and I have failed them. Yet I can’t bring myself to recycle the magazine because I *might* try them someday. (This is the same argument that I have when it comes to evaluating the clothing in my closet: I can’t get rid of “X” because I could still wear it. It doesn’t matter that I haven’t worn it since 1999.)
I have to admit that the challenge has taught me one thing: bribery cannot take the place of will power. Since I have no will power, I’m left exactly where I started – or worse, because I didn’t win any of the prizes in the drawings, and this is how I celebrated my meager weight loss:
I didn’t think it was possible, but yes, I have sunk to a new low. I devoured a medium Oreo Cookie Blizzard. I’d say that pretty much cancelled out the four pounds…but what a yummy way to gain 🙂 I’m hoping that I show more will power with working on my second novel in 2011. On that note, I’d better get writing!
What’s your most successful way to get on track after straying from your goals?