Whoops! Who else is seeing the numbers go up?

by Christine on May 24th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

I knew this would happen at some point, but 6 months after reaching my goal weight, I have finally seen the scale go UP.  Really, 6 months in “maintenance” wasn’t too bad, but I also know a warning sign when I see it.

Today I weighed in at 131.0. My “goal weight” is 125, although I’ve been comfortably at 127 for most of the last 6 months.

Oh, it’s easy to chalk up the 6 pounds to a variety of things. What are the excuses I’ve used in the past?

It’s just salt bloating. Drink more water and it’ll go away.

It’s my period. It’ll go down when I’m done.

It has been more humid outside; surely it’s from the humidity.

But you know what? Excuses don’t get you very far in life. And I’m well aware of knowing when I need to get my head back into the game.

I’m not the only one that has experienced a weight gain lately. So have these wonderful, fantastic bloggers that I follow:

Oh yes. I just called you all out. And there are more of you out there, too. Are you courageous enough to step up, admit your failings, and commit yourself to getting back on track?

What am I doing to try to get back on track?

  1. Calorie-counting and food journaling every day.
  2. Pre-planning my meals every day.
  3. Cutting back on the chocolates at night, which have gotten a little out of hand.
  4. Watching portion sizes, which means weighing and measuring.
  5. Making a point to exercise more.

So far, so good. But the weight didn’t come on overnight, and I can’t expect it all to come off overnight either.

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  • Lapbandgal

    Thanks for the shout-out :)  Good for you for getting back on track!

  • shane

    cyberspace stole my post!

  • Karenogle133

    I’ve seen a gain too but today I’m back down to 153. I had been maintaining about 151 but last week jumped to 158. Talk about a wake up call! I am comfortable between 150 and 154. I like to stay within that range. When I see a higher number, I immediately start watching my food choices and cut out everything but protein. It is easy to get complacent when you have been maintaining for a while. I need to remind myself to stay vigilant.

  • shane

    yeah I see a bit of an epidemic in blog land. I think the real issue is that we get complacent during the summer. that is when socials hit and you are out being active and if you aren’t careful and plan ahead with meals and what not, you just lose focus and that “just this one time” turns into a lot of “just this one times”. As for me, I am like you. Calorie counting, more exercise, even though I had not fallen off, and a sheer determination to get my head back into the numbers game again like my goals for weight lost each weigh in and my next step weight goal. I am shooting for 190 before law school starts in August.

  • http://www.waistingtimeblog.com Karen@WaistingTime

    Kudos to you for recognizing this now and doing something about it.  As a yo-yo dieter, I have all too often watched the scale creep up as my eating got out of control.