Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017's Holiday Weight Gain

Holiday weight gain. Ugh. I've been avoiding this topic for a little while, mostly because I wanted to start the new year on a positive note.

I'm not going to make any excuses, I'm just going to share the facts.

The holiday weight gain this year was an insane amount. I'm talking, I went from 234 lbs. before Thanksgiving to 248 lbs. on New Year's Day. That's 14 pounds. 14 pounds I've gained over the holidays.

"Yikes and zoinks", as my daughter would say.

As the number on the scale quickly increased, I became a little paralyzed. I felt stuck. I was right in the middle of back-to-back holidays and, instead of stressing out about the number on the scale, I decided to ignore it so I could enjoy myself with my family.

That was both good and bad.

Come to find, there's a difference between just "enjoying the holidays" and, using it as an excuse to binge in between gatherings, too. I was overeating more than just during the holidays and that's what really caused the intense weight gain.

With all that being said, it's going to be okay. I think it's important to remind ourselves that when we feel defeated by the number on the scale. After all, “You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.” -Edwin Louis Cole. 

I love that quote! I'm not stuck here. I'm not going to let myself drown. I'm taking some necessary steps to start working off this holiday weight gain, some of which I'll share in a post very soon!


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