Friday, October 14, 2011

Weight loss, accountability, and HBBC

So, this week, I didn't do my "weight loss Wednesday".  There's a number of reasons.  I was busy.  The kids have had lots of places to go (and me to drive them).  I've had extra appointments to deal with my calf.  Blah, blah, blah.

The thing is, if I lose weight, I'm excited to post.  I carve out the little bit of time I need to blog - be it 3 minutes, or 30.  I really enjoy blogging.  It's funny, because I never kept a journal when I was younger - not for more then 2 days, at least.  But blogging has become an integral part of my journey.  I don't just go through the steps, but I think about them and I talk about them.  For me, that's made it into a journey that has reshaped me in so many ways, I can't even count.

One thing about blogging is the accountability.  It's a great motivator to get through the rough spots when you think about how you can come on here and talk about your success.  Then, there's the times when you don't succeed.  Those are much harder to blog about.  Everyone wants to be positive, including me.  I don't like to wallow, so I have trouble talking about the rough spots.  I usually wait until I have a strategy to deal with them. (And if that helps me come up with a strategy, I'm good with that.)

So, getting back to the weight loss accountability: this week, I gained 0.6 pounds.  Not a huge amount, and nothing that will hurt me in the long run.  That it came on the tail of my hugely successful race is too bad, but I won't pretend I don't know where it came from.  I don't cook on race days, so there was pizza that night.  Then there was Canadian Thanksgiving, which included some pie.  My portion sizes were nothing compared to what they once were, but the second helping of mashed potatoes was probably unnecessary.

Truthfully, I consider 0.6 pounds to be maintaining my weight, which is fine - just not right now.

Now, talking about accountability, has everyone signed up for the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge?

It's run by Amanda, at Run to the Finish.  I really like the whole concept of it, as it's based on what you are doing and therefore, what you have control over.  It starts up Nov 19, which is perfect timing for me, as I do my half marathon on the 13th.  I can take it a little easy for a few days, and then kick it into high gear.  I'm signing up in the "Doer" category.  I know I'm past being a "builder", but don't think I count as "advanced" yet.

Looking forward to it as another tool towards accountability!


  1. I loved doing HBBC last year! What fun that we're doing it together, Deb!!

  2. I saw the HBBC challenge on Nicole's blog today and thought about signing up. Might just have to!

  3. I hear what you are saying about accountability. I joined a weight-loss challenge at work a couple of weeks ago and although I am so, so not happy that a coworker now knows my weekly weight...and how it changes on a week-to-week basis, I am finding that it has made me incredibly determined to lose weight!

  4. Hey sometimes maintenance is just fine! You have been doing great.. I hadn't heard about the HBBC so I'm gonna go check it out.