It’s been over a week since PigOutFest 2016 happened, and thankfully I had a pretty decent week of healthy eating after gaining 3.9 pounds in my last weigh-in.
Even so, I appreciated a simple message I received from a Facebook friend this morning after I thanked him for a compliment and his support.
“Keep it up,” Jeff Griffin wrote, “and find another gear!!!”
Interestingly, this was similar to the advice my therapist also gave me this week. Her suggestion for me was to do things I know work well (for myself and my relationship) and to keep enduring. In order to keep on keeping on and to continue to have success, it certainly helps to find that extra gear so you don’t start coasting or going backwards.
This has been an issue for me.
Over the course of my 45 years, it isn’t unusual for me to be doing well on a diet and then to completely fall off of the belly-shrinking bandwagon after going off of my program for “just one bite,” “just one meal” or “just one day,” as I’d foolishly say while convincing myself into yet another eating binge.
I vividly remember that happening when I was in my 20s after losing a good chunk of weight. I was at The Cheesecake Factory in Southern California with some sports writer friends while we were on a trip to cover a college basketball game. I was looking for something diet-friendly on the menu and even recall asking the waitress if they had a specific healthy option. She told me they didn’t offer that, and something snapped in my brain.
I ended up ordering a fattening meal with a calorie-bomb cheesecake dessert. Everybody at the table laughed because I went from looking for the likes of grilled chicken and then quickly caved to my cravings and bad habits when it wasn’t available.
That one meal sabotaged my momentum. I didn’t snap back the next day or the following the day or the next week or even the month after that. I ended up gaining a ton of weight after that incident.
That story gives a stark reminder that you can lose your will power with one bad choice.
Fortunately, I’m in a much better spot now. Sure, I allowed myself to eat and eat and eat and eat some more on Thanksgiving Day (and night), but I made a commitment with my heart, brain and mouth that I would get back to my healthy program the next day.
I haven’t been perfect this past week. In fact, I had a disappointing moment the other night when I ate about a cup of sweet-and-spicy almonds from a hotel gift shop in one sitting. My program allows me to have 10 unsweetened almonds, but I had about 10 times that many sweetened ones.
As I like to remind myself and my clients, “Progress, not perfection.”
For the most part, I ate my five healthy fuelings from my health company every day and made good choices with the one daily meal I prepare for myself. It felt good to be back under control — mostly, at least.
My biggest victory was not eating a homemade doughnut at my friend Clay’s Leg Lamp Party. I packed a protein bar along and enjoyed salivating while my kids and wife ate his apparently scrumptions creations. I did get an awesome picture with his leg lamp and with him in his Christmas Story-inspired bunny pajamas, though.
As a bonus, I lost all 3.9 pounds that I gained last week plus an additional 0.3 pounds.
It’s definitely good to see the numbers on the scale get smaller again.
Now to keep on keeping on to my health goals, which are lofty but very attainable.
Or as a wise man once told me, “Keep it up and find another gear!!!”
That’s almost as good as the warning another wise person once said, “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
(By the way, Jeff Griffin has an incredibly motivating story. He was a talented athlete with a promising football career when a construction accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Instead of wallowing over his broken dreams and body, he picked himself up has had an amazing career as a world-record-holding wheelchair athlete and motivational speaker. I’m excited to read his book I’Mpossible, which you can get at his bookstore, griffinmotivation.com.)
- Starting weight (March 6): 373.7 pounds
- Last week’s weight (Nov. 25): 256.5
- This week’s weight (Dec. 2): 252.3
- This week’s loss: 4.2 pounds
- Total loss: 121.4 pounds