I quit smoking one week + one hour ago. I’m feeling more or less stable with regard to that. I still have major decisions, namely I’m trying to get up the nerve to travel for a while, since jobs are few and far between and I am single and bored and lonely, etc.
My weight went up a few pounds about the same time I quit, and hasn’t budged. I can’t blame pms, salt, etc. I have been eating too much, but exercising too much, too, so I’m suspicious about what that extra few pounds is. I’m a bit worried about the factors that are going to work against my weight loss. Quitting smoking, approaching middle age, being female, not being willing to give up sugar and various treats, eating too much at parties when I’ve been drinking, etc, etc. I can see plenty of eating behaviors on my part that aren’t productive to weight loss that I let slide, but maybe if I want to wear size 4, I would likely have to work on a lot more. I’ve been size 6, and was still a bit chubby, though my BMI was an official 24.9. I think it’s a continuum, maybe some chubby folks like me who want to end up at size 4 have to eat salads and baked chicken with brown rice, but for size 6 we can be more lenient? Or the size 10 that I currently am? How often can I eat a piece of chocolate cake at size 6 vs size 4? My dad has always carried an extra 20 pounds or so (supposedly he was chubbier as a kid), and has not eaten a piece of cake in 30 years. Lucky for him, he’s indifferent to chocolate, but still eats the occasional oatmeal cookie or whole grain muffin. If he gave up treats like that, would he lose that last 10 pounds? I think not, given his age and how long he’s carried that weight, but maybe the occasional treat is enough to plateau weight? I’m starting to think that may be a problem for me now-too many “occasional” treats and overeating.
I know that when I go to parties and drink I tend to eat too much. I think this is more of a problem than the occasional cookie I eat, though I have to watch the size and quality of my sugary treats. A 40 calorie thin mint, hell yeah! A 250 calorie donut, not so great. A burger and fries once every month or two, hopefully ok, once or twice a week, not ok. Or maybe if I eat a salad instead of fries, I could eat a burger once a week? Baked sweet potatoes that I can eat with nothing added-excellent. Cutting up sweet potatoes and roasting in salty oil until crispy, yummy but not a habit to get into. I need to find a balance to get to whatever weight I’m going to get to, and then stay there.