But isn't the opposite also true? It's also the small lifestyle changes that cause me to gain weight. It's not one overindulgent meal or one missed workout. It's a change in lifestyle. It's going from drinking a decaf tea after the kids are in bed to eating a snack instead. Or no longer walking to the store after selling my BOB. Those seemingly innocent "choices" that I make aren't so innocent after they become a habit.
How do I know this? You know the answer. But it's more than just adding a few pounds to my figure this past year. I've been making lifestyle changes with regard to food my whole life. Some of them good and some of them bad. Consequently, my weight has gone up and down.
I am told that from birth to about first grade I was thin.
Then my mom went back to work and I started going to a friends house after school. Every day (EVERY DAY PEOPLE) her mom would sit us in front of the TV with a ham sandwich and a can of pringles.
Let's do the math...
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WOW! I can't believe I just posted this picture. It's official. I'm an open book. P.S. Couldn't my mom have helped me find a more flattering bathing suit?
I figured out the pringles connection years ago. But this week I realized that was a lifestyle change.
After my parents divorced, mom moved with my brother and me to Huntington Beach. I joined flag team (laugh if you will - it was GREAT!) and moved my body. And said goodbye to pringles forever. Without knowing it, my lifestyle changed. Without trying, I slimmed down. Not skinny, just less chubby.
The battle with the bulge continued from then until now. I'd pick up running and lose weight. Develop a taste for wine and cheese and bulk up. Discover Stroller Strides and slim down. Start school, stress eat and gain a few pounds. Give up diet coke and put on a few more...
Let's do some math again.
Gosh, this is getting long. Sorry. This is probably so boring for those of you who don't have weight issues. But then again, you probably have already closed out of this and gone to another blog that is filled with happy crafts and skinny jeans.
Okay so I'll get to my point. This realization, that small lifestyle changes can cause me to gain or lose weight is HUGE. It is liberating!
Instead of just jumping back into my never ending cycle and getting my diet back on, I am first figuring out where I got off track. I am evaluating my current eating habits and see what unhealthy habits have sneaked in. The good news is I see them. I see little habits that I've started without thinking. And this alone, without tracking points or measuring my breakfast cereal, has helped me get back on track. I am being mindful of my lifestyle. Regardless of what the scale says, I feel like I've won a small battle with food.
My hope is that if I pay attention to my diet/exercise lifestyle and become mindful of any changes (good or bad) that my weight will level off to a place I can be happy with.
Sorry for this long post. I guess I was using this as a way to think this out. :)