Wow, it's been along time coming for this post. This one has been a long one in the making. While I always knew what I wanted to write for part 2, I had yet to experience it. Now I have. At some point in the past year, the switch that I referred to in part 1 went back to being off. It has taken me since then to start to turn it back on. It's not quite all the way there yet but I've made good progress.
They always tell you that the hardest part about losing weight is keeping it off. Now I know that's true. I don't know why I didn't get it before. I've seen plenty of people lose weight only to put some or all of it back on within a couple years. Common sense tells you that you got the weight off, it should be a no brainer to keep it off. What did me in is the holidays. Not that I just let myself loose to eat everything in sight but I decided I wasn't going to worry about watching my calories or getting in regular exercise sessions until after New Years. Then I would get back on track and make up any ground that I had lost. The problem was, after New Years, I hadn't lost any ground. I was the same weight I was going into December with considerably less effort and a much more satisfied palette.
After that it was a down hill slide. My wife has been very good about getting me motivated and keeping me active but she always had resistance from me whenever she would offer to watch our son while I go workout for an hour and a half. I'm not quite sure what my trigger was this time but I've come to terms with my slide and have started to climb back up the hill. Ultimately, in the last couple of months, I've gained about 15 pounds. I'm now working on getting that off and more but the determination seems to be back. If only I could figure out what got it back, then I could keep it going. Oh well. I'm just going to ride this wave as long as I can. Maybe this time I can figure out a way to keep that switch in the on position and I'm going to start by keeping my routine going through the holidays this time.