Friday, January 4, 2008

Wow...a whole month, huh?

I know I've been missing in action for a while.

If I had to tell you what the past month has been like, you wouldn't believe me. Because for me, December was nothing but pure insanity.

I try not to get too much of my personal or work life into this blog, but when it comes to work, my busiest time of year runs from August to December. In that span, December is the worst. I work on the biggest project of the entire year with insane deadlines and uncooperative people.

The two weeks before Christmas I was literally at the office every day from 10 a.m. to well past midnight. Every day.

The good thing about all that? While everyone else was dodging Christmas-party diet landmines, I didn't even find time to scarf down cookies or champagne. I also didn't find time to darken the doorstep at my gym. It's been about a month since I've worked out. Ouch!

As a result, my weight loss has been at a complete standstill. Complete. I stayed on my plan, but for eight weeks, I stayed the exact same weight. Not up an ounce, not down an ounce. Eight weeks. When the same thing happened on week eight, I literally started to cry on the scale.

It was frustrating and maddening, but in the end, I kind of interpreted it as the universe doing its part to keep me even keel during a very stressful time in my life. It was as if my body said, "Hey, CCC. You've got a lot on your plate. Don't worry about shedding pounds right now. Worry about staying healthy and sane and finishing this project. We'll get going again as soon as you're done."

Sure enough, once I turned in the project and had a few days to enjoy Christmas, I stepped on the scale and lost a pound.

Of course, when I return to WW on Saturday, I don't expect that to be the case. Mr. CCC and I just returned from a week-long trip to Paris and I'll be honest--I did not even bother to count points.

Heck, it's Paris. Who knows when I'll be back? So I let myself enjoy...and enjoy I did. Crepes, fondue, champagne, foie gras and buckets of onion soup. Perhaps the damage isn't so bad--we did a lot of walking and in Europe, the portions are far more reasonable than here in the states--but even if I did gain a pound or two, I just don't mind.

I told myself before we left that I'd regroup come the new year...and for me, that new year started the moment the plane touched down. I'll deal with what the scale has to say tomorrow.

To make my journey even easier, Santa brought me one of those nifty Body Bugg contraptions. I need to go meet with a personal trainer next week to activate it and get it going. I'm really looking forward to getting back in the gym and back to my normal life. Because there was nothing normal about December and I'm glad that month is now in my rear-view mirror...


Oh_mama said...

Welcome home! and a very Happy New Year!! Miss you!

Teale said...

I'm glad to see you back!!!

Heather said...

well first, I hope you had a wonderful time in Paris! i am so jealous.

Next, while I completely understand why you would feel frustrated you stayed the same, I think that is just AWESOME. I have said this so many times, but I believe it to be true: to maintain anything during the holidays is a huge accomplishment. while it wasnt maybe intentional, you are right, your body did its thing and at least with all the stress, you were able to maintain.

dont you worry about your indulgences in Paris..I would have done the same thing! but dont let your statment "I will face the scael tomorrow" turn into the day after that, and after that, etc. because the sooner you get on that scale and face the damage (and I bet its not that bad), the better it wil be for you to know exactly where you stand and where you can move on from there.

happy new year!

Me said...

Good to see you back :) Here's to an easier new year!

Lora said...

Welcome Back! Sorry your month was so busy and frustrating - but you mananged to NOT gain and that's mre than a lot of us can say! I'm glad our back.

And who cares about the food you ate in Paris - as you said - it was PARIS after all!
(What is a Body Bugg?)

Once Upon A Dieter said...

Shoot, girl, I want the lowdown on Paris.

And absolutely: No one should diet in France. It's the place to enjoy and enjoy. Plus, I've read several tales of folks who pigged out in Paris but ended up LIGHTER from all the walking, strolling, sightseeing, and just plain JOY, I think. :)

Oh, and NOT gaining during the holidays equals massive success in my book!

Nice to see you posting. I'll save a snack for when you're ready to do the big Paris post.

The Princess

Healthy Pear said...

Wow, Paris! What a great time you must have had! You definitely deserved it after those crazy busy months of work, work, work.
Happy New Year! I hope that your weight loss dreams come true this year!