They say that losing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions; and definitely it’s the most daunting.
As much as I love seeing my family during the holidays, I’m glad that the holidays are OVER. Like many of you, the winter holidays is the most difficult time of the year for trying to stay on track, even as a bariatric post-op. I myself have put on 10 lbs…now that it’s a New Year and all of the holiday cheer, wine, and goodies are gone, the feeling I have is akin to the “walk of shame”. 10 pounds might not seem like alot for some, but to me it’s a huge setback to alot of hard work I’ve put in for the past year to lose 103 lbs.
I’m disappointed with how things went, and what makes it even more complicated is that I also started a new job this month that is a bigger adjustment than I anticipated. I’m having a hard time getting used to a new schedule; I don’t have the same level of flexibility as I did with my old job. I’ve been working 100% remotely from home for almost 5 years, and that made things more manageable. Now I’m back working in an office where at least half of my day is occupied just by work. Not to mention that my nerves with tackling a more challenging position are also getting to me, and old habits are trying to kick in. I also have a part-time job, which I decided to take a break from for right now until I get used to my full-time job. I’m not totally sure how it’s going to be adding that back into my schedule.
I know many of you tackle these hurdles on a daily basis, but I have not, so it’s a bit of an adjustment. I’m praying that I’m able to keep up – these 10 lbs are a big wake up call. Yes it’s hard, but no way in the world I’m willing to give up now. I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am. I guess I want my message to you all to be to NEVER give up. Yes, we slip up (and I slipped up big), but everyday you wake up is another chance to get it right. I’ve got about 50 more pounds to lose, and I WILL lose it all in 2018.
Time management and preparation is going to be key for all of us. I have a busy schedule, but if I’m honest with myself and really break it down, my day looks something like this:
- 1 hour showering, getting dressed, doing makeup and hair
- 2 hours commute time
- 9 hours working and lunch at the office
- 7 hours sleeping
That’s a total of 19 hours, but there are 24 in a day. So I have 5 hours left to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise, and 4.5 hours to do other things I need to do to stay on track.
It means having to really tighten up on meal prep, pack my workout clothes, pick out my work clothes – much of this I will need to do on the weekends so it’s not as much of a hassle during the week. I’ll have to find a way to maintain my water intake while in the office, and go to the gym in the evenings instead of in the early mornings (which I really, really hate). It also means staying away from the goodies, endless supply of sugary coffee add-ins, and snack machines at the office, and making good choices at the onsite cafeteria on days I decide to go. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that this also means staying on top of my daily vitamin intake so I have the energy to handle all of this.
There are thousands of websites and apps out there to help with managing your time and making healthier choices for your meals and exercise (one of which I am working on, so stay tuned!), as well as support groups for bariatric post and pre-ops. But when it comes down to it, we have to ultimately make a decision to do what we are supposed to do, and reach out for help when we need it.
Stay encouraged! This can and will be done, no matter how hard.