Saturday, February 05, 2011
Starting now, I'm ready to try something different; I am putting the scale away. I have become way too scale-obsessed, whining and wimpering over every 1/2 pound or 3 lb fluctuation. I'm just tired of being frustrated, so I'm putting the scale away until March.
I figure I'm going to focus more on building healthy habits and worry about the scale later. It's the only thing I can think of to do in order to reduce my ongoing frustration and stay on program.
Today, when I went shopping for clothes, I tried on a pair of size 14 Michael Kors (designer) pants and they fit perfectly. In my regular price range for clothes, however, I am still a size 16. Still, it's nice to think that I can wear a size 14 somewhere.
Shopping today wasn't the usual torture for me. The exercise is helping me to feel better about my appearance, so I didn't get upset looking in the mirror because I know I'm working hard to get in shape.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
For the second week in a row, I have not lost any weight. Is it my metabolism? Water retention? Am I miscounting my calories? Is it all the weight training? I am getting really perplexed. Usually, in the first month I lose 8-10 lbs. It's Feb 2nd and as of today, my weight is bouncing between the same 2-3 lbs. Up down, up down, up down. This morning's weigh-in was only 3.5 lbs down from my starting weight on January 1.
I've also been really good about my exercise and have diligently recorded my calorie intake. I haven't been perfect, but I hadn't been perfect in past efforts and dropped the weight effortlessly. Maybe it's because I'm older?
I am also focusing on boosting my cardio to five days a week and limiting my strength training to two days a week. Right now, I'm doing cardio about 4 days a week and strength training 3 days a week.
I am really feeling frustrated over this today. Still, I'm refusing to quit. Whatever's going on, I'll figure it out.
Monday, January 31, 2011
What else can I say? I screwed up today.
I had my eating planned out for the day. I even packed a lunch. Then, my boss invited me to lunch to discuss business. I let him pick the restaurant. That was mistake number 1. He took me to one of my favorite mexican food restaurants. I'm sure there were better food choices available, but while looking at the menu, I couldn't figure out what. I ended up ordering one chicken enchilada, which came with 1/2 cup rice and 1/2 cup beans. Mistake number 2. I also scarfed down some tortilla chips and salsa.
I was on program the rest of the day, but the damage was done. I estimate that I consumed more than 900 calories in one sitting. It was kind of a shock because it wasn't nearly the same amount of food I'd usually consume. Before, I would've had the chips, salsa, rice&beans and THREE enchiladas.
So I suppose that today's lunch was an improvement, but I need to figure out a strategy for handling that restaurant better because it's a place where my boss and co-workers love to go.
To my credit, I did hit the gym this evening. I did 20 minutes on the treadmill, 15 minutes on the stationery bike and about 30 minutes on weight training.
Tomorrow will be a challenge as well. We're supposed to get about 3,600 feet of snow, so I'll be stuck in the house, which is overly tempting. I plan to work out to videos tomorrow, so I can at least maintain some semblance of control.
I screwed up big time today, but I'm still not discouraged. I'm hangin' in there tough because I refuse to quit.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
My calorie count is under control, and I'm working hard in the gym, but somehow, I'm still retaining water. Clearly, I gotta eat more fruits, vegetables and drink more water. Perhaps then, the four pounds I mysteriously gained last week will disappear.
As of today, three of the four lbs I gained last week are gone. Still, I'm up a pound from two weeks ago. I'm hopeful that by cleaning up my eating, I can lose that pound and one more pound to put my efforts back on track.
Every time I try a new recipe, I rate it on a five-star scale (like movie critics do) and write a brief review in my cookbook. That way, when I run across it again, I'll know whether or not to bother fixing it again. Today, I pulled several of my highly rated low fat recipes and hit the grocery store. I will be spending this afternoon organizing my kitchen and preparing these recipes to get me through the next week.
I've also purchased a book, "Your Best Body Now," by Tosca Reno. I was drawn to this book because Tosca is middle-aged, has had three children and, at 5'8" once weighed 204 lbs. After years of struggles and hard work, she looks incredible. In addition, the book does not look "gimmicky." I don't like diets that sound gimmicky--e.g. "The Clam Juice diet," or the "Chili Habanero" diet. I'm savvy enough to know that trendy stuff can only offer a temporary fix. Once I finish the book, I plan to blog a review.
I must close, now. I have lots of cooking and cleaning to do!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I weighed in today with three of the four pounds I mysteriously gained earlier this week. Because today is my official weigh in day, I recorded it. My ticker now shows a total of four lbs lost in 29 days. This is frustrating to say the least, but what's keeping me on track is the realization that if I give up now, the four lbs I lost will be re-gained and then some. I don't want that to happen, so I'm continuing to track my food intake and my exercise. I am also easing up on being so strict. I'm losing the all or nothing mentality.
If this eating plan is something I'm supposed to be able to do the rest of my life, then it should include some of my favorite foods. Today, I ate three bbq ribs, but had them with a side of vegetables. I figure that if I'm going to eat something high calorie and high fat, then I should balance that with veggies. This is the type of change I can sustain, as there's no way I will give up BBQ completely. For me, that's not realistic.
I am really working hard on staying mentally focused and trying my best to stay strong. It's hard to do when the results are not showing up on the scale. Nevertheless, I read up on plateaus in SP and realized that my situation is pretty typical. Very, very frustrating, but typical. What I've learned from other SP members is to BE PATIENT. In two weeks, I should start seeing results. Many of them wrote and described how they plateaued for weeks or months, they changed something up and all of a sudden they were dropping 2 or three pounds a week. It all averages out to 1lb or 1.5 lb a week, but it only an average--not the actual weight loss pattern.
So with all this in mind, and knowing it is in my nature to get frustrated, give up and quit, I am fighting to stay motivated and in good spirits. Now, if you'll excuse me--I have motivational articles to read.
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