Enough Wasn’t Enough

Back in June, when I got fed up, I really thought I had what I needed to get my rear in gear. Apparently, enough wasn’t enough.

I tried, then slipped, then tried again, then slipped again. At least fifteen of the days since were spent on trips to three different cities—never a good thing for a diet. That said, on my last trip (just last week: hence the lack of posts), I really tried to eat light. For example, I’d order a side of potatoes or just toast for breakfast. Lunches would be small sandwiches and no chips. Dinners were (for the most part) equally austere. Sure, one or two meals were a little nicer than normal, but I really stuck at it; I really tried to prove to myself I wouldn’t let a little thing like business travel be an excuse to eat absolutely anything.

Got back and I weighed exactly what I weighed when I left. Granted, I wasn’t expecting miracles. I honestly didn’t think skipping a bag of Doritos would translate into ten lost pounds. But it was still a bit disheartening. Worse, since returning, I’ve actually gone back up a pound or two, right back to the most recent Day One number.

So . . .

What next? Well, for now, I think nothing. The Year of Failure continues and, for now, I’m just going to try to ride it out. The body does what the body does and rarely consults with us before coming to its decisions. This doesn’t mean “free for all” time. I’m not going to lose my head over it. But at the very least I’m going to try to stop pretending I’m actually on any sort of plan.

I’ll keep checking in each week. I may even post something odd on Thursdays. I may even introduce you to my other blog. So no worries, my two dozen fans, I’ll still be around for a while! Every last pound of me. 🙂

14 Responses to “Enough Wasn’t Enough”

Sandie said
July 27, 2010 at 4:24 am

Yes, I want to see the other blog!! Love this one, glad you’re sticking around. We’ll ride out Year of the Failures together!

Michelle said
July 27, 2010 at 6:22 am

The Year of Failures is only 7 months over, there are still 5 months to go…and staying at the same weight isn’t a failure, it’s maintaining.

Keep on posting – I’ve missed you the last week!

inannasstar said
July 27, 2010 at 7:45 am

Have you incorporated any kind of exercise into your lifestyle? That almost always helps. Also, following some kind of a plan helps. If the body isn’t getting enough food the metabolism slows down, so getting enough food is also important.

I’m chuggin along too…. .2 lb.s here, .4 lbs. there. The older we get, the longer it takes. I’m just happy when I see a little change every week.

Hang in there!

Julia said
July 27, 2010 at 8:19 am

Just take one meal at a time – make a good choice at each meal and let that be your plan. if you go off plan at 10am be backon plan at 10.01am.
Maintaining is an at in itself 🙂

    Charlie said
    July 27, 2010 at 10:53 am

    You nailed it. This is pretty much my one and only “plan” at the moment.

Happy Fun Pants said
July 27, 2010 at 8:43 am

Awww…I’ll miss you. Except for the random Thursdays when you post. Then I’ll enjoy you.

And I mean that in a much less weird way than it might have come across. 🙂

Helen said
July 27, 2010 at 9:48 am

Don’t call it the Year of Failure!

Call it the Year of Changing Things Up or something else – you’re a writer think of something.

After years and years of trying to lose 30 lbs. via calorie counting, I stopped. I’ve been eating by hunger only and my weight is, strangely, inching down.

Changing Things Up.

Shar said
July 27, 2010 at 10:08 am

I love your writing style. I would like to be among your dozens of fans on the “other” blog.

Charlie said
July 27, 2010 at 10:51 am

@Michelle: yes, “maintaining” is better than gaining. I’ll go with that. 🙂

@inannasstar: no, I haven’t yet done any exercising. It’s on my todo list.

@Happy/Smaller Fun Pants: miss me? I’m not going anywhere. The plan is to still post Tuesdays and occasionally Thursdays. Though, now that I look back at what I wrote, that wasn’t entirely clear. 🙂

@Helen: Your post made me think of the “Time to Change” song by the Brady kids. Now I’m going to hear Peter’s voice cracking every five minutes today.

@Sandie & Shar & anyone else interested in the other blog: If you haven’t already guessed, it will be the one where I can focus on writing topics. Mixing writing and food in this one blog didn’t work very well. Just ask Happy Fun Pants. Anyway, more info on that Real Soon Now™.

Biz said
July 28, 2010 at 11:38 am

I think you should be happy you maintained while in Seattle – lobster popcorn? (and I really need to find a recipe for that!)

How did your soup turn out??

I want to see the new blog!

Love, your prettier sister Biz

Patty said
July 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Eating on the road can definately be a difficult obstacle when trying to eat healthy foods. My fiance has been thwarted in his dieting a few times due to work travel. Something we find useful is going to places that have healthy eating icons and weight watchers points and eat from those menus. He is working to get into the best shape of his life and is sticking to the diet every day until our wedding. He adresses eating on the road as well. If you have a minute check out his blog at http://www.theheavymansdiary.blogspot.com . Good luck!!

John's Weight Loss Blog said
July 29, 2010 at 7:44 pm

I’m right there with you. Let’s figure out how to get through this.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said
August 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm

If it were easy, we’d all be skinny.

I am reading your book. Your sister sent it to me. She rocks. Your other sister sent me cheese. She rocks too. The book is awesome and I plan to do a review on it as soon as I am done. The cheese was good too.

Charlie said
August 3, 2010 at 11:10 am

@John: welcome back! We’ll figure this out. 🙂

@Debbi: glad you’re liking the book!