Quickie update: Day 2 went well. I went a tiny bit over in calories, only because after I ate it, I discovered that the yogurt I had for supper was higher calorie than I expected (170!). I also ran, and it was HARD. I need to remember to never take so much time off from running again... unless it's unavoidable, like I'm sick.
So the pounds are coming off... and I'm sticking with my new reasonable eating plan.
The new, big number on the scale and the big bloated feeling shocked me into eating like a reasonable person yesterday. Nothing extreme. Just reasonable. I even did my toning exercises. I postponed my run until today though. It would have been too tight to cram it in before my kids' concert last night.
I feel better mentally about getting back on track. Less panicked. More confident.
It's funny. I did so great with the extreme dedication. But that's pretty hard to maintain year after year after year. Maybe for a short time. But fitting it into real life when my kids have a lot going on is tough. Eating right should NOT be cast aside due to busy-ness. But exercise has been easy to let slide when we have a lot going on.
Tracking food is something I dropped like a hot potato. It had become tedious. But it works. It absolutely works. There's no fooling yourself when the numbers add up. Oh gee I'm supposed to eat no more than 1500 calories and I had 2500? WHY AM I GAINING WEIGHT??? This is not rocket science.
Like I said, I didn't do anything extreme yesterday. I tracked my food. That's key. By suppertime, I had enough calories to spare so I could have a reasonable meal. And I still had plenty to spare. We had yummy Peanutter cookies from Trader Joe's, and so I had 3 (75 calories). I still came in 1500 calories under my max yesterday. So I feel good about that. I so like to be able to have some small treats now and then. Deprivation is not my friend.
Ok, enough rambling. It's Day 2 for me, and I'm very motivated to keep the momentum going!
Ah, November. I started the month with GREAT ambition. I was SUPER dedicated the first week. And then..................
I got lazy? I felt run-down. I suspected my iron was low again. I started slacking. And eating. I had a bad week.
I tried running a few times and it just didn't go well. LOW energy. Sideache. Short runs.
Did I mention I have a 5K scheduled for this Saturday? Egads. That will be interesting!
Anyhoo............ I'm not panicking. Yes, I'm back up a few pounds and am NOT happy about this. But I know what I need to do. No sense getting down about it and beating myself up about it. Just EAT better and stick to the workouts. As we've seen again and again, the weight drops off easily in the beginning and that's very motivating.