Either way, it's time to get back to the basics of.........
Not gonna sugarcoat it, I have been struggling, dancing around the same 4-5 pounds for a few weeks now. I've stepped up my exercise and it doesn't appear to help (at least not recently). My stress levels are out the roof (and not just from this struggle). The last couple of weeks have been a real battle with one of the worst enemies ever: self-doubt. Why? I know I can succeed .... So what's a girl to do?
I talked it out with a couple of good friends who also have been there, succeeded, had struggles, and are overcoming them. They have given me some good things to mull over .... and mostly just letting me talk it out and to lead me down a path where I can find the solution(s) that will work best for me and my life. And it's pretty simple, when I think about it:
Accept the things I cannot change. I've got a chronic condition in which I retain fluid -- and not a situation in which basic diuretics are a remedy. I have a compromised lymphatic system. I'll always have fluid retention to some degree. I will not be as easily able to merely "flush" things from my system by drinking 2 gallons of water a day (though staying hydrated is a tremendous bonus). I am also older than I was when I lost the weight, and other things have come into play as well, some of which has been rather unexpected. I've dealt with health issues constantly since I turned 40. I have a team of physicians now instead of just a GP. So these are obstacles which come up and there's not much I can do about it....... so I have to take a deep breath and remember that these too shall pass. Eventually.
Be courageous and change what I can. There are things I can change about my eating habits. As much as I enjoy my ONE Hershey's miniature -- and can limit myself to the one -- it's now become a daily habit, a way to end my lunch break on a sweet note. This has to stop. It's not a treat anymore in the real sense of things. I'm not saying it's bad, or even bad for me, but I need to do something differently than what I'm doing now. What other little changes can I make? I need to list the ones I know I can do...... one new habit each week. And I need to work on stress management even more than the steps I already take (regular exercise, other stress relief such as yoga, etc.). I have an idea on what I can do there.... just need to actually follow through.
Know the difference. I am pretty good at this but always need the reminder. And I need to remember that I am a winner, no matter what numerical value that gravity assigns to me -- because, really, that's all the scale measures: the amount of gravity keeping me bonded to earth.