So yet again, I am learning the lesson that if I over-do it, if I cut too far back on the calories and stay super-strict about it, those pesky fat cells, those stubborn pounds become MORE stubborn.
This is a pattern that has happened each time I have re-started on my weight loss track. I learn that for the first two weeks, I have a nice, steady weight loss of about two pounds a week, and then nothing for two weeks. And I go on line and research it. Or I look back at my food journals.
Then, I eat one or two hundred more calories than I had been allowing myself -- usually because of a social event where I give myself permission to splurge. On Monday morning, I hesitatingly step on the scale, bracing myself for an increase, trying to guess the worst-case scenario and reminding myself to be realistic...
and the number has gone DOWN.
It's a reminder that my fear of loss of control can make me go overboard,
and that when it thinks it might not get the nutrients it needs to help with my training, my body will cling to the weight.
It is a reminder that with the amount of training I'm doing, I actually need to eat a few more calories,
and that severely limiting my caloric intake can be counterproductive.
It reminds me that I DO know how to make good choices
and that I can afford to trust myself.
That's the lesson that seems to be the most difficult.