Monday, January 17, 2011

Week #187: Gained +2.5 lb for a total of -88.5 lb

Last Monday (January 10), I was interviewed on CBC Radio about my big weight-loss success in low-carb eating.

Today, however, I don't feel so successful. My post-holiday slump continued as I did not resist temptation on too many occasions. I might as well be honest because the scale doesn't lie: I cheated like a son-of-a-bit**. For the first time in a couple of years, I'm below the -90 lb mark. Shameful.

Some will say, "Don't be so hard on yourself." "Bah humbug!", I say! Why? Because I know better... and when you know better, you should be disgusted with yourself a bit. I've continued to dabble in the few sugary treats (damn you, licorice allsorts!) that started to sneak back in to my diet this holiday season. I thought I could handle it. I even said on CBC Radio that I could handle it.

I think this proves that I can't. I'm the type of person who can eat a bowl of frosting by putting a straw in it and sniffing it up through my nostril. Oh don't laugh... I probably could if I tried. I have a tremendously strong sweet tooth -- and to tempt fate like I've been doing over the holidays is to court disaster.

Today, I'm the heaviest I've been in years. I'm not happy. Yes, I've still lost a lot of weight, but I've been gaining because I haven't been eating completely low-carb. It works very very well for me when I do.

Don't assume by these gains that low-carb doesn't work. In fact, it's because I've slipped off the rails a bit that proves it DOES work. I lost weight effortlessly when I was on track... but these past few weeks have not been great.

Today, it stops. Right there. Period. No more dabbling. Nor more experimenting. I have a sweet tooth and tempting it with even the smallest bits of sugar is like poking a sleeping bear. Not a good idea!

Next week, there will be a loss. I am also planning to produce one recipe per week. The first one will be online soon.

If you've slipped off the rails a bit -- or a lot, pull yourself up by the bootstraps, look in the mirror and tell yourself to smarten up! Enough is enough. Christmas is over. It doesn't last until July. Period.

See you all next week with a nice loss.

No excuses.


Nancy V. said...

Good for you! I'm looking forward to cheering you on at your future weigh ins!

Have you considered joining our little #Monctonfit health challenge on Twitter?

Brian Cormier said...

Thanks, Nancy. Haven't heard of it, but I'll check it out. Exercise is still a huge challenge for me.

Paul Melanson said...

Brian, as they say "Your mileage will vary", but I also love sweets, snacks, deserts, and candies.

But I find if its not around, I don't miss it. Keeping it (metaphorically) perennially just an inch further than the tips of your fingers is 90% of the battle.

If a "food" item is not part of what will "keep you on track", don't buy it, steal it, accept it as gifts, or let it pass the thresholds of the doors of your house. Don't even go down the supermarket aisles where they sell it.

Unless a cat burglar rappels down the side of your house and into your bedroom at night and surreptitiously feeds that stuff to you in your sleep, you can't help but be successful if you follow those guidelines. Heck, throw a few of your own in there for good measure if you think I left some wiggle room :-))

Good luck!

- Paul

Brian Cormier said...

Thanks for the words of encouragement, Paul. I weighed myself this morning (I usually only weigh myself once per week) because I was curious to how I did yesterday. I'm back below the -90 lb mark, thank God!