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Time For A Re-Boot

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Warning: Embarrassing Confession To Follow

Some of you will remember that I started my healthy eating journey before I started with exercise or running. Once I had my food under control, I slowly began to introduce activity and somehow landed on running as my primary means of working out. To kickstart my health, I went on the South Beach Diet Phase 1. It was a really great time for my body, as I kicked all those sugar and carb cravings to the curb and lost almost 10 lbs in 2 weeks time. To my surprise, it wasn't just water weight. After I finished with the strict Phase 1 and decided not to transition to Phase 2, but to go with a somewhat less strict diet (basically, the SparkPeople diet - just doing my best to eat healthfully and stay within my daily calorie ranges), I kept the initial 10 lbs. off. And I've kept it off to this day.

On the Spark Diet, I lost another 5 lbs or so...bringing me to a total weight loss of 21 lbs. I was able to stick with pretty healthy choices and wasn't indulging in sweets or excessive portions.

But I went on vacation this past week. For the first half of the week, I didn't have much control over my diet because we were at a retreat center, which was stocked with food for us. We had to work with what we were given and, truthfully, there was a lot of convenience food and pre-frozen stuff. But...I did manage to work in as many veggies as I could and had a pretty great salad every day while we were there.

The rest of the week was tougher for me, being home. It was a slow decline. Started with a few extra snacks here and there...with the thought, "Just a little treat. I NEVER eat these anymore and I'm still controlling my portion. It's just one little extra." It staggers me to watch myself and see how QUICKLY I can just come undone when I allow a small indiscretion here and a small indiscretion there. Suddenly, I'm going through an entire day with an attitude of "whatever".

Please understand...I'm not one that thinks there are "good foods" and "bad foods". I do believe that everything is fine in moderation and that deprivation is not a good strategy for lifelong health. But each of us is different and, if we say we want to be healthy, we need to be honest with ourselves and KNOW ourselves...what our triggers are and how they might affect us overall and for the long haul. Some people might not need to be so strict with their food choices, because if they eat a small bag of chips, it's no problem. They'll just jump back into healthy choices, no problem. But I haven't been able to get to this point yet. So, I have learned that I NEED some rigid boundaries. If I am going to get what I ultimately WANT...which is a healthier, leaner and stronger body...I will need to take measures that might seem drastic to some.

The truth is...my weight loss has stalled - for the past couple of weeks (and not just stalled, the number is slowly creeping up...it could be just water weight, but knowing my diet habits this past week...I am not so sure). This is frustrating for me because I've been working so hard. And, while I completely understand the idea of a non-scale victory and don't base my total worth on the number on the scale, let's not kid ourselves. ONE of my goals here is to lose weight. And if it isn't happening for a significant amount of time, even as I am supposedly doing the things that I should be doing for weight loss, perhaps I need to re-evaluate my plan.

As I don't believe it would be wise to violate my rest days (I'm already running 4 days a week and I already have a good half marathon training program in place that includes cross-training on the off days), that only leaves one variable. My diet.

And seeing as the first go around with South Beach Phase 1 was so helpful, I think it could benefit me to revert back to that for a week or two. Nothing permanent...the author of South Beach would tell you himself that this strict of a diet is not sustainable over the longterm or advisable (the body DOES need carbohydrates...and a runner's body surely needs them!)

I'm basically looking for a healthy eating re-boot here. Another attempt to flush out the sugar that I've let slowly infiltrate my diet over time and to re-train my focus on vegetables and lean proteins. Because I did not have running as part of my equation the first time around, I consulted with a certified personal trainer that I go to church with to make sure this would be OK for my body. She informed me that, if I am eating plenty of vegetables, they will give me the carbohydrate levels I need to perform the runs that are on my schedule for the next two weeks. So, I got the thumbs up from her...which was definitely a big deal to me. Peace of mind.

We've all heard the car analogy, right? You take care of your car and give it good fuel, just as you take care of your body by fueling it with good things. I consider this a pit stop...an oil change to flush out the bad and clean everything up a bit.

How about you? What types of re-boots have you had to perform in your health journey? What has worked? What did not work?
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  • MOMKAT4310
    When I need a re-book, I do a week of Clean Eating's Cooker 1 Plan. Pre-portion exactly what I will eat each day. I take it to work or anywhere I go. It helps me.
    2047 days ago
    I'm going to second the 17 day diet, though the first phase is too limited on carbs for the running you're doing. It's a basic and healthy plan (the second stage is unlimited selected veggies and lean meats, two servings a day of fruit, dairy and selected "natural" carbs (think sweet potato, quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal)). I like that it's sustainable...and the basis for a future "healthy" diet.
    2050 days ago
  • LILYPAD12311
    You have nothing to be embarrassed of ... you are just finding what works for you and that can take time,,,,,, it took Edison tons of experiments before he invented the light bulb..... be patient with yourself,,,, new habit and a new style of eating is not easy to develop..... I have been where you are several times,,,, I have given up on diets that don't include carbs because there are certain foods that I just have to include in my diet,,,, so I just watch my portions.... it is really hard,,, but I re-boot by telling myself to get off my rear and keep running,,, and watch my portions. Everyone is different and you know yourself that best..... follow what works for you,,,, emoticon
    2050 days ago
  • PLYNSN316
    I'm doing a re-boot right now. I chose the 17-day diet (very similar to the south beach diet - there are different phases, the first one being the most strict). I'm on Phase II right now, and I have already cheated 1+ days on this plan and I'm only on Day 7 (of 17). I'm trying to keep in mind that a cheat here and there, although a weight loss progress slow down, is not the end of the world. If I'm on plan 90% of the time - that's great! So, I only have 11 more days to go (technically 10+ lunch & dinner), and my new goal is to work really hard on those 11 days to come back to center and remember why I'm doing this. GOOD FOR YOU! Thank you for being so honest and open with all of us! emoticon
    2051 days ago
    I can really relate. No need to be embarrassed, or else I'll be embarrassed right along with you! I've thought about doing something like South Beach again for a week or two, but hesitate because I know how hard it is for me. I'll keep trying "my" strict boundaries for now, which is counting my calories faithfully, and if I can't stay consistent with it this time then maybe a plan like SB temporarily will be the solution. Good luck!
    2051 days ago
    You are so awesome. THANK YOU.
    2051 days ago
    You can do it! I know you can. There is nothing wrong with a reboot. Re assessing your goals when you feel them slipping is so very important. Praise yourself on realizing this and taking action now and not months from now.

    2051 days ago
    Certainly nothing to be "embarrassed" about. This is reality, your are being real with yourself. I'm right there with you. Reboot time!!!
    2051 days ago
    I've read this twice and am still searching for the embarrassing part! I think you are moving through this process the way that most of us do ... and goodness knows, it's not a linear process. You are learning as you go and in my eyes, the "setbacks" are critical to this learning process. You have already moved into solution-mode to figure out how to get back on track, and I give you a lot of credit for that ... and for reaching out and sharing your struggles with us so that we can all sit, nod our heads (because we've been there), and then reflect on how daunting this weight loss journey is. I hope the re-boot is just what you need - sounds like it will help you find your way once again (and honestly, it didn't sound as if you were terribly lost to begin with!) ... Have a great week and good luck getting back on track! emoticon
    2051 days ago
    Leah, Please don't be embarrassed. I think the fact that you're being honest and admitting you blew it a bit IS going to be your re-boot. You're doing great. How good do you feel as compared to the start of this journey. You WANT that. You don't ever want to go back to where you were. I think though if you overloaded on carbs, you'd do yourself GOOD to go back to phase 1 for a week or to to clean out your system. It will surely help with the cravings. I slipped a little at a party yesterday and feel bad about it. It wasn't that I even ate a lot of it. It's how I did it and the fact that I went back for just "one more bite" 4 times. I don't like how that makes me feel. Except for a piece of fruit, I ate phase 1 all day.
    You CAN do this!
    2051 days ago
    In a way joining Spark People was my reboot. I'm sure I'll have other reboots inside of my spark journey as I hit plateau's or find I am ready for new challenges. Thanks for sharing and I appreciate that you left us with a question...I like the interaction it sparks!
    2051 days ago
  • SASHA521
    I've been committed to just about 3 days of zumba per week, but know that I have to get fully back on track all around. I see areas where I can cut back calories and choose different meals if I planned better. I also know that I can add in more gym workouts with the zumba and strength training.
    Here's to a week full of rebooting for all of us! Let's do it! emoticon
    2052 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    You are on the right path. Just keep going and you will be right back to where you want to be. You Can Do It. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.
    2052 days ago
    When I get either sugar or alcohol in my system then my healthy eating plan seems to fly out the window. They are definitely triggers for me so I avoid them as much as possible. I get a reboot by going to the store and making sure I have everything on hand to cook some healthy meals. I'll make a big pot of chicken/rice/veggie soup and a batch of bean burritos. Those can be heated up in a flash and last in the fridge for days! I also like to have dessert after lunch/dinner so I'll have warm applesauce topped with berries. Makes me feel like I'm livin large! Spark on!
    2052 days ago
    I'm looking for a re-boot. Very frustrated here.
    2052 days ago
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    Terrific you're sensible about it all

    Dear, I have to reboot EVERY DAY !
    Sometimes twice a day !

    You are on the right path
    emoticon WE can do it!

    Have a Wonderful Week


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    2052 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    Good luck with your reboot!

    I'm getting ready to do a reboot of my own! After a week of eating whatever I wanted on vacation and two weeks of no exercise other than the tons of walking on vacation... it's time to get serious again!
    2052 days ago
    It's great when you really get to know yourself and works and doesn't work for you.
    I also have to maintain a ridged eating plans, because I know that if I start having "just a little treat" I too will start to go to ..whatever...
    Good for you in thinking through your plan and knowing what you limitations are.
    2052 days ago
    Kiddos for you for understanding your limits, your body and what you can mentally do. For me, I can't be that strict on myself, I'll start binge eating really bad.

    All of this is a journey, a new life style in which you learn your limits, expectations, goals and most of all know what you need to do to get yourself re-booted.

    You might see if fall off during this marathon training!!

    2052 days ago
    One of the things I love about sparkpeople is that they teach to EXPECT some times of having to "reboot" when you backslide into eating more than you need. I have lost 25 pounds very slowly in the past year-focusing on fitness and lately more "clean eating." Do you still set small goals like sparkpeople suggests?
    2052 days ago
    2052 days ago
    Good for you... I have found 4 ls in a day and half but have aslso re started some arthritic meds and morphine so perhaps it is that. I was eating well and also good portions so not sure what is doing it. don't like it but am also goign to get back to real primal and a salad or green smoothie daily.
    At least you know what it is and you are working on it. CONGRATS and in no time you will be doing it great again! HUGS
    2052 days ago
  • WUBBY82
    Oh Leah, I am so completely and utterly with you right now. Also for the past couple weeks. It's heartbreaking, knowing how hard we've worked. Just have to find that little extra 'oomph' to get back on track. Get your South Beach body, woman!

    2052 days ago
    yes your human and not to worry. the fact you know what your weaknesses is are gives you something to work on. keep plugging away you will make it work
    2052 days ago
    Being human is not an embarrassing confession, baby girl!
    Your focus was elsewhere and completely understandable...

    And now back to our regularly scheduled program!!
    2052 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/10/2012 5:24:52 PM
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