I'm a bit disappointed. I increased the intensity of my cardio, upped my weights, and only lost a quarter pound. I think I know what I need to watch better though - my snacks. I am a cracker junkie. Even though I have been measuring them and eating only a few servings, I have started to lean towards crackers instead of veggies as a snack. I've been eating a lot of fruit, but I think I may have overdone that a little too. Live and learn.
This next week I'm going to monitor my snacks better and eat fewer processed snacks (crackers, I'll miss you...) I also depended on jerky for a snack, but I think all the sodium may be catching up with me too. So, another change - cut out the jerky and see if that makes a difference.
I am a little disappointed. But, I don't feel that bad. I am getting more fit. I'm sticking with the exercise and I'm watching my portions (still a bit tough for a big guy, but I'm doing well.) I just need to find more filling, fiber laden foods and avoid the convenient ones.
I could blame a bit of stress on this too. I've had doctor and dentist appointments like crazy; my job has changed drastically and I'm in limbo waiting for a new position; my youngest daughter is graduating and is having truck trouble; and I expect a lot of myself with this lifestyle change. Maybe the stress is a cop-out, but I know that it used to drive me to senseless snacking. Now I'm nibbling a bit more (and not tracking those nibbles) when I get stressed. There have been a lot of changes in four weeks and I'm still adjusting to them the best I can. I know more change is on the horizon, and I know it's necessary. Still, none of this has been easy and probably won't be. That's why I need to take time to detach from the numbers and article and tracking and do something I really enjoy. Even one night a week to decompress and tackle one of my hobbies.
I lost weight. I know I wish it was more, but I'm not that upset. I just need to refocus and relax and keep at it. Here are my accomplishments for the last week:
- Increased the intensity and time of my cardio workouts.
- Increased the amount of weights (or reps) for my strength exercises.
- Created my own high fiber, virtually salt free snack.
- I made a healthier chili, loaded with beans and veggies, light on meat and salt (and it was good!)
- I exercised to a SP video with my wife (And it was a tough but very good workout)
- I lost weight.
It was a good week. Another good week and April was, all things considered, a good month.