I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…just one week can make a big difference in your weight loss journey! If you do a search through the posts in this category, you will find more than one mention to this fact. And the fact is…it’s true!
Two weeks ago, David and I went on our first cruise together. It was wonderful! Full of fun, relaxation, no phones, no internet, no emails or texts. Just alone time and lots and lots of bright blue waters. Oh, it was wonderful! But there was one thing we did not lack in, and that was food! 24 hours a day we could eat (and eat and eat and eat.) And you see, well, my husband likes to eat. So we made a deal at the first of the trip: we can go eat whenever he wants, however, we must forget the ship has elevators and instead, take the stairs everywhere.
And that is what we did. Oh yeah, we DID take the stairs every time we had to go to a different deck or anytime an elevator was available. We walked flights and flights. But the problem was that I did not practice what I preach in discipline when it came time for eating. Nope, I admit! I did not! I ate and ate and ate. And after just one week, my clothes fit so much tighter and I could even see in my face that I had gained.
Now, you must remember from previous posts…I’ve gained over the last year anyway. It started with a situation where I went from exercising several days a week to just sitting…for six months! And let me tell you – exercise DOES matter! I put on about 20 pounds during that time. Since then I’ve seen myself just gradually increase probably another 10 pounds or so. And since I’m only a little more than 5 feet tall, well, it looks like 50 pounds on me.
All that to say, I had no room for any more gain! But in that one week, just five days of cruising, I could tell that I had put on. But just as one week can make a difference in the negative sense, so can one week make a difference in the positive.
On our drive back home after the cruise, I made the decision that it was just too close to Christmas (where I knew there would be more eating and temptations), to continue on this path. So, I set out to make some changes. I immediately went back to eating what I know is best: low-calorie, low-fat, high protein. And I began exercising every morning. And in just one week, I can tell that my clothes are fitting better. I can see the damage I had done on that week of bliss is now in remission. In just one week!
Now, does that mean others will be able to tell? Maybe not, but I can and that is what matters. (For one…I FEEL better, and that is a good sign.) Most importantly, it’s a start! I’m more motivated now to do what needs to be done to get it all off. Of course, I am taking into consideration the week ahead and the fact that Christmas is this weekend which means there will be extra goodies. Will I enjoy them? Yes! But in moderation and keeping in mind that one week DOES make a difference!
So I ask you: What will you do in a week’s time? Think about it.
Here is a post from a couple of years ago (and also one that is found in my book, No More Weighting-Thought for the Week). I thought you might enjoy!
How to Combat the Extra Calories (First posted November 2007)
Jingle Bells, What’s that smell-
cookies, fudge and cake!
fill my eyes;
Seems everyone can bake.
Here I go;
Can’t say ‘no’;
Gotta fill my plate.
When New Years hits,
my clothes don’t fit…
Added 10 pounds to my weight!