I've been contemplating my poor week and found this article Weight Loss: Why We Gain Weight? It points to three factors that cause us to gain weight.
1. Our genetic make up~in other words, if your family is overweight you are more likely to be overweight as well.
2. The environment in which we live~our exercise habits, our workplace environment and the ease at which we can find convenient foods.
3. Our lifestyle~this is the biggest change we can make towards losing weight.
We don't have much control over our genetics and our environment is tough to ignore, but our lifestyle is the one thing that we can change to help in our weight loss journey. When looking back at the past year, I can't believe how much my lifestyle has changed. I used to come home from work and lay on the couch all night getting up occasionally to grab a snack. I would plan my snack and eat it after the kids went to bed. Now, I rarely lay down and I'm not sitting down for more than a half an hour at a time before getting up to walk. Snacks are still scheduled, but they sure have changed. No more chips, salty snacks instead I'm eating veggies WW ice cream or popcorn. I still like my scheduled evening snack, but I'm sure I was consuming the "500 calories a day more" than my body requirement more often than not. It's a wonder I wasn't heavier than I was.