Bonney's Blog: Coughing my way to Weight Gain

By: Bonney Bowman Email
By: Bonney Bowman Email

Most of my road blocks during the Go Red for Women BetterU challenge have been personal - lack of will power, stress related cake overload. But this week, mother nature threw me a curve ball in the form of a cold. I hate colds. Give me food poisoning any day over a darn cold. Not only could I not work out for four days, I'm a firm believer in the "feed a cold to make it go away" school of thought. And unfortunately, chicken noodle soup and bread and peanut butter and tea and coffee and doughnut holes is not exactly a healthy diet. But that's what I ate for two days, and you bet it made me feel better, although the couple pound increase in the scale was a little depressing. But the cough and congestion is almost gone, so I'm heading back to the gym, and getting back on the healthy diet, today.

I've actually missed working out, which is something I never thought I'd say. After getting some sort of physical activity 6 to 7 days a week for the past 3 weeks, sitting on my butt for 4 days was tough! My back actually hurts from too much sitting. Couch Potato Bonney from days of old is scoffing somewhere, because I used to sit on my butt every night and weekend for two years straight. It's nice to see change happening and realize my body is actually starting to want to break a sweat.

At last night's meeting, we discussed setting goals and sticking to them. We heard some tough stats - like fewer than 10% of people are successful in keeping weight off over a five year period. That is one of my biggest fears, that I'll hit my goal weight, then slowly creep back up over time. Our wellness coach Sharon said a better way to look at it is to give yourself a range - say I want to stay between 140 and 150 pounds (or whatever is healthy for you) and stick to that range. 140 to 150 is healthy for my height, and looking at it that way seems much more manageable. That way, if I go on vacation, or want to splurge for a special occasion, or whatever, I can say ok I gained 3 pounds, but I'm still in my healthy range. And if I get close to the top of the range, I'll know it's time to cut back a little and step up the exercise. A little leeway goes a long way to making keeping the weight off, and sticking to my goals, something I can accomplish.

I hope everybody is staying healthy as the season changes and the temperatures start to drop. All the seasonal foods are tempting me a lot - add "pumpkin spice" to something and I will want to eat/drink it. So far I've only been to Starbuck's once for a pumpkin spice latte. I settled instead for a pumpkin spice coffee creamer, which is a good compromise because I know exactly how many calories I'm adding to my cup of joe but still get the fall taste experience. I saw pumpkin pies at the grocery store and immediately walked the other direction, win for team Bon. If the tastes of the season are tempting you, face it and realize it'll only get worse until the new year is here. Try for the little compromises like me and my creamer, and it'll make those cravings a lot easier to bear. Have a great week!


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