Tuesday, July 03, 2012
I do this every time I start a new diet. I convince myself that saying the words out loud "I'm going to start watching what I eat" is enough to magically make the weight dissolve off me.
Well, surprise. It isn't quite working like that. Turns out, this might just take a little hard work.
When I stepped on the scale after the first week I was down 0.5 lbs. I was disappointed because I'm trying to lose 1 lb per week (while secretly hoping that 2 lbs/wk will disappear). The first thing I did was try to talk myself off the ledge so that I didn't just quit this whole thing just because I didn't see the results I was hoping for.
"It's ok, at least it's moving in the right direction!!!"
But to be honest, it's really hard not to be discouraged. The next thought I had was remembering all the things I'd "given up" that week. The red velvet Sprinkles cupcake with cream cheese icing that I left untouched, the after work beers that I didn't drink. I thought about how well I'd been eating all week. Then I started doing the math;
"Well, I want to lose about 30 lbs total, at 0.5 lbs/wk that's 60 weeks. Wait a minute, 60 weeks??? SIXTY weeks?!!! That's more than a year!!!"
After this I had a so-so weekend with a good and active Saturday helping my new room mate move in, and a not-so good Sunday hosting a Canada Day BBQ with lots of Canadian beer. But yesterday I felt like I got back on track. I tracked everything I ate, ate within my calorie range and went for a run with my new running buddy at work. I'm moving with that momentum today and going to my Krav Maga class after work (best workout EVER by the way).
But now that my emotions have calmed down I've taken the time to look back at the past week and see what went right and what went wrong. Here's what I've come up with.
Things that went 'wrong';
1. When I looked back on my food tracking I noticed that I actually ate over my calorie range 4 out of 7 days. And on the days that I ate within my range, I was definitely on the high end.
2. I was within my range for protein, carbs and fat everyday, but when I looked at the food I ate it was a lot of convenience prepackaged 'healthy' food instead of more fresh fruits and veggies
3. I counted my walks to/from the train station as some of my activity minutes. Maybe I shouldn't count these since I do it everyday anyway?
Things that went 'right';
1. I tracked everything and drank 8 cups of water a day
2. I went for 2 runs and 1 Krav class, as per my weekly goal.
3. I planned ahead and made lunches for the week so I didn't have to buy things at the cafeteria at work.
I think another part of my problem was that I've been trying to get some weight loss kick-started for a few months now. Which means I've been exercising a bit (though somewhat sporadically) and trying to watch what I eat. I'm not going to get the dramatic results that I see on tv with people who go from being housebound and eating 5,000 calories/day to doing a crazy workout routine 4 hours/day and eating 1,200 calories.
But there's gotta be some things I can do to get myself moving in the right direction and at the right pace. This week is half over already but I am going to start looking at not only how many calories I'm eating but what is making up the calories as well. I'm going to look up some new ideas to get my veggie intake up. I think I also need to add a bit of strength training to my week (if only to help me keep up in Krav!)
So here we are. One week down, some disappointing results, but the resolve to continue. And hey, if it does take me 60 weeks well, that's better than never making it to my health weight at all!