My weight has shifted higher this week. I came down with some mild GI stuff late Thursday and then positional vertigo Friday morning.
I'm feeling better, but still having some break through vertigo. I've noticed an upward trend in my weight and I'm now into my "scream weight" zone.
I don't use any shame or blame. I'm not emotionally eating or wanting to binge eat. All good for my mental state. No excuses either. It is what it is. That's why I updated my bio's everywhere ( Pinterest, Instagram, FB, Twitter to 68 pounds in maintenance) Full disclosure is best!
I do use the tools that I know work fully during these times.
Top tools for reversing a trend (no matter what the root cause is)
1. Determining root cause ( if possible). This trend has to be virus related, I've decided. May be more, but at a minimum, the virus
2. Continue to weigh in daily
3. Continue as many normal activities as I can ( walking, cooking, house cleaning, working)
4. Discontinuing anything that will make it worse ( looking in high up places, ladders, etc)
5. Batch cooking bone broth. Relying on some broth I had in the freezer. Good stuff.
Now I'll start to use advanced tools like
1. Food tracking until I'm at a lower weight. My Fitness Pal- you ROCK!
2. Some journaling to make sure there's no other root causes.
3. Prioritizing sleep at night and tracking sleep.
That's what works. Here's what did not work in the past when I would gain weight:
1. Avoid the scale ( because I know it will be up and "I can't handle it")
2. Eat comfort foods ( "I'm sick, I deserve...____ carby, sweet food")
3. Discontinue exercise ( I'm sick so I'll skip walking today..)
4. Eating junk food out because I did not feel like cooking.
I suspect that the ineffective cycle of using processed foods probably kept me sick and binging much more than I ever knew. I can see it. Good to have the blinders off. It helps to look at it from a Lifeguard approach, from a distance away. Easy to spot stinking thinking quicker that way. Doing an "ostrich" approach always steered me away from my goals and my health.
I'll do my usual June 3 check in next week.