Maintaining weight: Update
I knew that maintaining my weight would be hard work, but I think over winter it has been even harder. In past winters I have enjoyed puddings with custard and cream or those lovely fruit tarts — but not this year, too many calories and as soon as I eat a bowl-full, on goes the weight. So I just stay clear of these o-so-yummy foods!! However with my birthday last week I did enjoy something "very naughty" - dark chocolate walnut brownies covered in dark chocolate sauce and ice-cream (!!!) without (too) feeling guilty (just felt rather sick afterwards!). Once a year can't be harmful can it?
But I can report that I have continued to maintain my weight and haven't seen too much movement up or down — just steady as she goes!!
Every morning (after my shower) my scales and I get together and see what is happening — yes, it can be a depressing way to start the day, but necessary. On previous weight loose occasions I would stop checking my weight and it wasn’t until I had packed on another dress size did I realise what direction my weight was heading (upwards) and by then it was far too late. For me, this appears to be the best way to monitor my weigh.
As I said, this winter has been a real test of self control . . . sometimes I win, other times it is a huge battle. The other day I sat next to a chocolate cherry mud cake for 2 hours. On Monday afternoons (from 1-3pm) I work in a different area —an open space area where there is often food (in celebration of birthdays etc). This Monday, lots of people came by and had a slice of mud cake and talked about how good it was. I was SO tempted, I really wanted a slice (if I was a dog I would have been drooling) . . . but I also knew it was packed with calories so for 2 hours I thought of other things and avoided eye contact with that cake. It was a real battle I have to admit, however I did feel good at 3pm when I walked away without eating anything, but now I know what an alcoholic must feel like when they are offered a drink but need to say no. Will-power is really hard work and the brain can play tricks.
I will report back in a few months once winter has past and let you know how I am going. To anyone else also trying to maintain weight —don’t give up, putting it back on (plus more) isn’t an option at our age.
What do others do to fight the cake (or your weakness) battle?