This has been a weird winter. I do not believe we have had one accumulating snow to date. As I am writing this entry, the temperature hit 80 degrees yesterday. Crazy! I guess there is truly something going on with Global Warming.
I do remember lots more snowy winters when I was growing up in New York. One of the fun things to do in the snow was to build a huge snowman. To get the creation going, we would start with a relatively small snowball, and then start rolling the snowball down a hill of moisture-packed snow. Each revolution resulted in a larger and larger ball to the point of a very large base. Then, a second snowball was rolled down the hill gathering size until we lifted that on top of the base as the midsection. Lastly, a snowball was rolld for a bit until a head size structure appeared and this was placed on top of the midsection. Then, buttons, a carrot and/or other accompaniments completed the snowman.
Okay, enough about a child’s snowman building and focusing on weight control: During a long-term weight control effort there will be weeks when weight goes up a bit…perhaps as much as 2-5 pounds in one week. It is VERY important to act on this weight gain immediately the next week by being extra vigilant and adherent to a high protein/low carb/no alcohol approach. If we do not react quickly to a weight gain week, 2 pounds of gain will “snowball” into 4 pounds, 4 pounds to 8 and the “Snowball Effect” as I call this, may turn into 20,30, 40 or more pounds of weight gain.
It is so much easier to reverse 2-5 pounds of weight as opposed to 40. I strongly recommend that you remain vigilant in tracking your weight and reacting rapidly to weight gain weeks. By doing so, you will avoid the “Snowball Effect” and have a much better chance of being at a healthy and happy weight.
And for those “Snowbirds” that go to Florida for the winter, na na, nana, na…it ain’t so bad up here this winter.
Enjoy Anne Murrays “Snowbird”.