I've been on quite a journey the last couple of months, part of it was AWOL, but a lot of it had to do with re-evaluating my approach, and finally getting to the bottom of my emotional eating issues. It has been really interesting, and life-changing! It's the kind of thing you have to be ready for, but I do believe that it is the one aspect that keeps us all on the diet merry-go-round, and until you delve deep enough, it's really hard to get off. It's changed my relationship with food to the point that in the last few days, I've even been experimenting with raw food dishes and loving it! Because now it's about how I can nourish my body, and feel most alive and healthy, rather than an eternal battle between "good" and "bad" - because the bad only happens when I have some kind of unfulfilled need, or I am grasping around for something to help me feel safe, protected or nurtured. I really do recommend Shrink Yourself (online therapy program) for anyone interested in going on this journey.
The thing is, I haven't really lost that much since November - I'm at 75.3 as of today. But factor in my birthday, Christmas and New Year all within 2 weeks of each other, and you can see why! But now that my interest in raw foods has been sparked, and I feel on top of my emotional eating, I can feel that it is going to start moving again. I'm not doing anything extreme like going 100% raw, but even adding in one or two raw meals and/or snacks a day, I feel a lot more healthy.
I've been focusing on maintaining Yoga and Pilates over the holidays, with about 3 weeks in total of break from the gym, but having had some nice big walks scattered in there. I feel good about settling on these forms of exercise, because they have more than just pure fitness benefits, and the practise gets deeper as you go (especially Yoga), so it feels more fulfilling somehow. That's just what works for me, anyhow.
So, that's the update. I'll check in again soon