Tightening up the reins
Monday, September 10, 2012
This weekend I started getting the first inklings of thoughts that I'm not losing weight fast enough since I started Sparkpeople on 6/27/12. At that time, and times since, I have promised myself I was not going to worry about how long it takes me or how fast the weight comes off, or compare myself to others and how fast they lose. I still know this, but when I weighed this weekend, I realized that my weight has been hovering for a few weeks. What happened? Life happened. Life is going to happen. Life is SUPPOSED TO happen. That said, I am making a recommitment to my nutrition goals. It's not that I have been eating horribly at all; in fact, most days I do very well. But I've started slacking just a little, and I know from past experience that a little slacking snowballs into a lot and then giving up. So this is what I am going to do:
1. Get back in the habit of tracking all food, every day. Not log breakfast and lunch and figure I'll be fine for dinner. Not log for a few days and then figure I know what I'm doing and stop. Every day, all meals, everything that goes in my mouth. I know we've all read and heard from numerous sources that those who track their food like this have the most success. I'll still make allowances for life situations but on the days when there is nothing special going on, I will be within all macronutrient goal ranges.
2. No less than 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day, every day. Preferably more, but at the minimum, 5. At least ONE of them has to be a veggie. Preferably more, but I've had days when I had no veggies and 5 or more fruits. Which isn't so bad in and of itself, but I need veggies too.
3. Stick with the 5k walking program on here and when I complete that, do the 5k run/walk program. These plans include 3 workouts a week, so for the other 3 days, I will do strength training and/or yoga.
4. Continue to think positive and visualize success. Remind myself that it does not matter how fast the weight comes off. What matters most is my health, and making a habit of consistently living healthfully.
I think if I stick to these things, everything else will work itself out. Water isn't a problem for me; I usually drink about 3 liters a day (that's about 12 cups).
I'm also starting the BLC20 challenge this week, and I've signed up for another challenge, and I'm currently in the Rock It challenge. I am going to make the most of these challenges and they will keep me in check.