It is the last day and last hour of 2015. This is my last report for 2015. The good news I gave Greta is that I weigh less than I did last year at this time. The bad news is I have been in RELAPSE for almost 3 months now. Greta is steadfast and “un-hooking” all of my weak excuses.
My slide into relapse started with the plateau I hit and could not overcome because I was unable to exercise. It became easy to revert back to old bad habits. It was when I was in Austin for the Texas Book Festival and consuming (without guilt) a slice of the 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory that I accepted I was in full relapse. However, that did not stop me. I continued through Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with all the parties in between in the same mode. Now, it is all coming to an end and it is time to do something about this relapse.
I read somewhere or some smart health professional once told me that the reason a person relapse is because they fail to learn something during the recovery phase. When I ponder on this I think what I fail to learn is that one should realize that relapse periods will occur which means one needs to have a plan to get out of relapse mode as soon as possible.
A good analogy that everyone can relate to is driving a car. We all prepare for having a flat tire. We carry a spare tire in our trunks with equipment to help us jack up the car to change the tire. So, when we have a flat, we don’t get out of the car and shoot out the remaining tires. We change to the spare tire and repair the flat tire. This is how we should handle relapse periods in our eating management plans. We should enjoy the “relapse” meal and get immediately back on track with the next meal.
In this relapse period for me, I not only “shot out all of my tires” but I took all the wheels off and put my car up on blocks! It is truly wonderful that I did not gain all of the weight back. Now, this week, I have started preparations to move out of relapse mode. I am drinking 100 ounces of water daily, my refrigerator/pantry is cleaned out, and my doctor has approved cardio workouts every other day for now.
So, tonight, I have decided to put relapse and the guilty feelings away. Tomorrow is a new day, a new year, and a new start.