Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Falling Off the Wagon...

It happens to the best of us - we fall off the wagon. None of us mean to do it. It's a slow & steady creep.  You miss one run, then another. You eat a piece of cake on Monday, then an ice cream cone on Tuesday. Next thing you know, your pants feel a little tighter & your runs feel like crap. You've fallen off the wagon. 

I am no stranger to this. Since losing weight through Weight Watchers in 2006, my weight has fluctuated by about ten pounds. My highest being the summer of 2010 (at 136 lbs.) and my lowest being right after my half marathon (at 123 lbs.)  When it piles on, it's subtle. When I shed it, it's subtle. No one usually notices as much as I do, and if they do, they are kind enough to keep their mouths shut. I've learned a few things about the creep, and thankfully, how to prevent it. 

Wear Fitted Clothing 
The first step to preventing the creep is to be aware of it at an early stage. You want to know the second your skinny jeans are a little too tight, the faster you do damage control, the better. That means you can't live in sweatpants or maxi dresses - put pants on at least once a week. 

Food Journal 
Whenever I feel that I'm spinning out of control, I take a week & write down everything I'm eating. It takes me right back to my WW roots, and usually just the fact that I'm writing it down keeps me from overeating. You can do it in an app like My Fitness Pal or you can go old school & do it on paper. Just write it down so that you have a visual of what you ate! And remember, no one is judging you, this is helping you help yourself... so don't cheat - every M&M counts! 

Increase Your Exercise
Find ways to up your daily exercise. Every little step counts! Take the stairs. Park in the farthest parking spot you can find. Walk the dog instead of watching Game of Thrones. Just get up & get moving! 

Stay Away from Pushers
I can't stand food pushers, and unfortunately some of my family members are guilty of this. If I say no, I mean no. My willpower is fragile enough without someone dangling a cupcake in front of my face and saying, "You're so skinny, a cupcake won't kill you." Ugh. Stay away from people & situations like this - it's easier said than done, but it makes all the difference in the world. 

Drink Water, Not Booze
Booze is the reason that I got back up to 136. I was living in Eric's frat house for the summer & drank far more than normal. Cutting out alcohol is always a huge difference maker for me. Same goes for soda - but I don't really care for that anyways. When it comes to weight loss, water is king. Start sipping. 

Today I'm linking up with... 

Mal Smiles


  1. Can we talk about the fact that you were living in a frat house? Because somehow I missed that detail up until now lol. This is great advice. I've been "on the wagon" for three weeks now (my longest stretch ever) and I know eventually I'll fall off.

    1. I second Nadine. How did I miss this? lol

  2. These are great tips. I think I'll pin these!

  3. I love these tips, I am bookmarking this, because falling off the wagon is like my 2nd job. UGHH! :) Thanks for linking up with us! You are the best!

  4. The food journal is one of the greatest things ever - my wife did Weight Watchers about 10 years ago, and the accountability of a food journal is just unbeatable. WW is so effective because to truly succeed you need to learn new habits, not just follow someone else's formula.

    Another benefit of a food journal is you can put in a glass of wine or beer or drink, and track that along with everything else. Accountability is huge.

    Finally, to avoid falling off the wagon, be careful about which wagons you join - I don't believe in 'elimination diets', where you say 'no more X', where X might be carbs, sugar, meat, or whatever. I am my thinnest and fittest ever at 47 and I still love ice cream a couple of nights a week. Smart eating means developing a plan that is healthy, balanced and works for you. Deprivation is doomed to fail.

  5. I'm a LONG way from maintenance, but these are still great reminders for those of us who are still losing weight. Thank you for sharing! I'm really glad I found your blog :)