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What I’m Thinking
In case you noticed, yes, there are no month 13 pictures. I managed to get measurements in November but never got around to having my daughter take pictures. There is a reason my blog is not monetized–mainly because I just don’t have the time to post stuff all that often, which means I don’t have tons of followers. And then there is my “thing” with everything everywhere nowadays being a form of advertising. That is a rant for another day and post. Anyway, moving on…
My second holiday season with THM has come and gone. I’ll be honest, I enjoyed some off-plan foods. The key would be that it wasn’t in huge amounts (though the “small”–their term, not mine–popcorn I devoured at the movie theater probably bordered on excessive), and I didn’t use one off-plan choice as an excuse to remain off-plan for more than that one meal or snack in a row. There are varying schools of thought on this, which I won’t belabor here, but how a mama handles holidays is going to depend on each THMer’s relationship with food. However, I will say this. There is no shame in going off-plan for a special day, AND there are no trophies awarded for staying on-plan for special days. Both choices take strength and determination–one to stay on-plan and the other to get back on-plan.
The other thing that has been an issue in the past two months is that I went through what I’m hoping was just a 20 pound stall. My other 20 pound stalls have only lasted about 2 weeks each but this one lasted a little longer–roughly a month. There were some oddities though that likely contributed to its length. In October, we were on vacation for a week and I took a 4-day road trip as well. Through that I stayed on-plan 90% of the time, but disruptions in routine play havoc with me mentally. Then, with the cold weather setting in, I stopped jogging for the winter. Weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise, but going from 90 minutes of jogging a week to nothing is bound to slow things down a bit. And then there was Thanksgiving. It was on-plan for me with the exception of a piece of pumpkin pie cake, but the month of November disappeared in a blur and just had a chaotic, unsettled feeling about it. In mid-December, things started heading in the right direction again and I’m starting to notice my leggings being loose in the waist, so I’m just going to keep on truckin’ and trust the process.