Thursday, May 30, 2013
I am so frustrated with myself. Last year I started on my healthy lifestyle change and was very successful until about December. Then I started slipping back into some of my bad habits (like eating too much sugar) and I stagnated for several months. But over the last 2 months, I have gained 10 pounds back of the 90+ I lost last year.
I give myself a pep talk every morning and say that yesterday is done and gone and today is a new day to get back on track, and every day by mid-afternoon I have already eaten my entire calorie allotment, many of which were empty calories providing no nutritional value at all. Then I eat a big dinner and blow it again.
I KNOW what I should be doing. I did it very successfully last year, but I just can't seem to force myself to say "NO" to my bad habits.
Are there any sage words of advice out there? I need help!
Friday, February 08, 2013
I'm lucky in that I have always enjoyed drinking water. I always keep a three-cup water bottle on my desk at work and I fill up two pitchers with ice and keep those on my desk, too. I tend to crunch ice all day (almost feels like I'm eating something if I'm chewing ice), and add the melted ice water to my water bottle as I drink that down.
At least something about this journey is easy!
Friday, January 18, 2013
I have spent the last two months gaining and losing the same 3 pounds over and over again. While I am happy that I have lost 85 pounds so far and at least didn't actually gain anything over the holidays, this yo-yo thing is never going to get the last 45 pounds off. And I have a cruise to go on in 7 months, so I NEED TO GET IT OFF!
I am under no delusions about why I haven't been able to keep losing. My calories have crept up and crept up and while I was pretty good about sweets around Christmas, I did eat them for about a week. That woke up my latent sweet tooth and I have been unable to squish it back down. I had also stopped logging the 5 hershey kisses or the extra chocolate dipped granola bar and especially the caramels a lovely co-worker gave me for Christmas. I don't know who I thought I was fooling, but it certainly wasn't the scale.
So, why am I thankful to SparkPeople? Because yesterday the challenge in my Spark Coach session was to not eat ANY sweets for 24 hours. Not forever. Just 24 hours. I decided I was going to meet that challenge, and I DID! It was hard, because all day I kept craving those caramels, but it helped that I had finished them the day before so there weren't any sitting handily for me to eat. Which doesn't mean I couldn't have gone out and bought more. But I didn't. And as I knew I would, I felt SO PROUD of myself for making it through that day, that I ate healthy meals all day and stayed within my calorie range.
Today, I decided to do the challenge again. Just for one day. Not forever. It was easier today, even though I know there are Hershey kisses downstairs in the kitchen. I've been eating healthily for 36 hours. I don't want to blow it now.
Anyway, thank you SparkPeople. That challenge came when I needed it most and I really feel like the control is back in my court and I can start watching the scale go down again.
Saturday, December 01, 2012
I admit it. I am one of those people who lets the scale dictate my mood, and today, I was NOT in a good mood. One week ago, I was down another 5 pounds to a net loss of 85 pounds. This was very exciting for me. I had done well through Thanksgiving and I was freezing cookies for Christmas so as not to overeat during the month of December.
Then today, I was up those same 5 pounds. This is incredibly frustriating for me. I subscribe to Spark Coach, so today I changed programs to the Plateau Busting program. I am pretty sure I know why my weight loss is stuck. (I haven't lost a net anything in the last 4 weeks.) My calories keep inching up and I am finding it hard to stick to 1200/day. I am much closer to 1500/day and once last week after a trip to Costco, I actually ate 2000 calories.
So it really shouldn't be a surprise that I'm not losing. I need to be much more accurate about how many calories I am really eating and try harder to make those good quality calories. That is hard for me, as I don't eat fruit of any kind and very few vegetables. But I've been on this healthy life style kick for almost a year now. I've lost a little more than 80 pounds, but I still have 50 to go, so I can't give up now. I really WANT to lose the rest of this weight and improve my health.
Sometimes it just seems so hard.....
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