Over the past couple of years, I’ve lost about 50 pounds. It’s been long and slow, but I think that is what helped me develop a healthier mindset toward food and exercise.

Except sometimes I lose my mind.

A few weeks ago, I went to Costco and came home with a pumpkin pie and two bags of white chocolate-peppermint-covered pretzels. Oops.

Now that I’m closer to my ideal weight, I can really tell when I gain a little. I weigh myself once a week and I can usually guess before I step on the scale that I’ve gained even as little as 1.5 pounds. Last week, my small gain was no surprise. Junk food plus very little exercise does not equal weight loss. (But wouldn’t that be awesome if it did?) 

A small gain is not usually a big deal to me. But this was a small gain in a line of several other small gains. The scale has been moving in the wrong direction! Now, instead of having five stubborn pounds to lose till I reach my goal weight, I have 10.

Some people might think it’s crazy to try to lose weight during the holidays, but I like the idea. Why? Because even if I don’t lose, I will probably not gain, and that is a win in November and December.

So how does one go about starting or maintaining a healthy diet during the season of high-calorie eating? And how do you stay motivated to exercise when it is superyucky outside? I’m not entirely sure. I just know that I have to burn more calories than I take in, and this rule forces me to think about what I’m putting in my mouth. And thinking about eating a piece of pumpkin pie helps motivate me to hit the road for three miles.

I went to Costco again today. I kept my head on straight and came home with lettuce, grape tomatoes, sliced almonds, feta and chicken breasts for salads. I also got broccoli, celery, and…well…somehow a bag of white chocolate-peppermint-covered pretzels made it into my cart. I swear I do not know how that got in there!

Better go for a run.


Happy Thanksgiving!