Monday, July 18, 2011
In August of 2010, I celebrated losing my 30th pound. In August of 2011, I will be lucky to get back to the point of being down 30 lbs.
I have somehow landed back at the plateau of 234 lbs.
Admittedly, my diet isn't perfect. I still struggle with emotional eating and feel like I "deserve" ice cream more than is actually healthy for me. I'm frequently pressed for time, so my noble calorie tracking efforts during the day are often sabotaged by whatever I can think of for dinner that is quick.
I'm trying to change things up with my meals while still getting enough protein and fiber to keep me full.
I've gone six months without a Diet Coke, but I'm starting to think the afternoon energy crash isn't worth the effort to eliminate the chemicals from my diet.
But for all of my diet shortcomings, I feel like I exercise enough to at least sustain my progress - yet here I am regaining the weight.
I walk my dog 30-60 minutes per day, every day. I know that we stop to sniff things and this doesn't really count as "working out" but my baseline activity level includes walking 4+ hours per week.
I've been taking a strength training class once a week at the Y, and I think I am getting stronger.
And then there's my "real" cardio. I run or swim 45-60 minutes per day 3 (sometimes 4) days per week. It isn't as often as I would like, but it is something.
I'm going to try and recommit to this plan. I want to increase the running and swimming to 5 or 6 days per week. I want to take more 60 minute walks with my dog and fewer 30 minute ones.
But that has simply got to work, because I don't know where I am going to find more than 2 hours per day for exercise. I just don't have it to give.