Getting in Shape: End of Week 10

Here’s the holiday edition of Catherine loses weight and gets more wellness into her life. First of all, it doesn’t get more wellness than a week of going to bed at 10 pm and getting up at 8 am. That ends tomorrow, when the cold, cold brutality of 5:30 am comes back until about March, I’m afraid. But this week? Definitely recuperating from the day job.

Also, doing a lot of exercise, deep breathing and meditation.

It comes as no surprise to anyone that I have gained some weight over the holidays. The plain fact of the matter is that there was a lot of food to negotiate, and I didn’t work that hard at negotiating it. Remember that I don’t have an official Weight Watchers weigh in until next Tuesday, and I am hard at work negotiating food now. Also remember I expect the Wii will tell me I’ve gained anywhere from 1-2 pounds tomorrow morning at 5 am, because there will be a 3 hour difference in my wake up time so these numbers may not be as good as they look.

Beginning Wii Weight: 223.8 (My heaviest ever after this summer.)
Wii Weight on 12-31-13: 211
Total: 12.8 pounds

and I gained about 0.2 today, which I am happy with after the grilled cheese and chili extravaganza last night. Mind, I worked out like 2 hours yesterday, so there you go.

What’s going on here: About a pound of candy (gone now) and dessert, albeit a light dessert, you can’t have it four times in a week, and not see something. Also some pizza slices, some food from Southern Iowa that wasn’t good, but I ate anyway, some trips to favorite restaurants, and even some really good wine.

Importantly, I enjoyed all this food, except the fake ham dinner. 🙂 I knew what I was doing, I exercised some, and so forth. It just wasn’t enough to offset the excess, and there was too much excess in too short a time. In short, the usual Christmas and New Year’s Drill that we all experience.

As I sit here in my new size 14W pants (!) and I contemplate that I gained a whole 1.3 pounds over Christmas, I can deal.

Now, let’s talk numbers. I started the diet mid-October and lost about 12.5 pounds. That wasn’t full of too much deprivation, so I wonder if I can do similar in another 12 week period? My next goal is to head for “one” derland, or get below 200, and doing what I’m doing, I should be there around, let’s see, around April 1st.

At any rate, that’s what Christmas was like.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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