Thursday, January 24, 2013
I kinda thought that by this time around, I pretty much knew it all...but once again I am humbled at how wrong I have been. I have SO MUCH TO LEARN...STILL.
I've been back here for almost 3 weeks and I have made some changes which have been really good. Whenever I have started a new weight-loss journey, I have come charging out of the gate, chomping at the bit, looking for success at every turn; weighing in at every chance; going through the motions at top speed; failing to really pay attention, and ultimately failing each and every time.
Coming back this time, I reset all my trackers, set a new weight loss goal and chose new fast break goals. Resetting my weight loss goal gave me pause - usually I don't even bother to put in the pounds per week, I just would put in my goal weight and the date I wanted it and SP would always tell me that this wasn't realistic. I would then go back, set it at 2 pounds per week and be horrified at how long it was going to take me. I have set it at 2 pounds per week again - hitting my goal some time in October of this year, but now I am thinking of changing this - going at a slower pace. So far I am on track with the 2 pounds per week, but I am not sure that it is really sustainable or realistic. I am open to slowing this down and doing it right - for the final time.
Here are some other big learnings:
1. I do well with daily goals - not weekly - too big for me! Exercising 20 minutes per day as a goal has made all the difference - I have only missed one day in all of January so far!
2. Giving in the the samosas put out at our team meeting yesterday cost me a whooping 677 calories, 81 g carbs; 33 g fat; 16 g protein - HOLY well, you know what...so what did I learn from that - PLANNING and EDUCATION. As soon as I saw those deep fried, golden brown triangles glistening with oil, I should have taken a minute, looked them up on-line and been horrified at how much of my day's food they were worth. I know for next time.
3. Weighing myself each morning and every chance I get is just counter productive - I am TRYING to only step on once a week - Wednesdays. Gives me enough time to recover from any weekend slip ups! I cheated a little bit here this week and did get on Tuesday morning too. A work in progress - is progress, right?
4. On Sunday night, we cooked a really nice dinner together and opened a really nice bottle of wine. We drank the bottle - delicious! I didn't go over the high end of my calories or other nutrition counts - no problem, right? WRONG. When I looked at the report for the day - I was quite surprised to see that largest piece of the pie chart (breaking down my calories by food for the day) was from the wine. What? That made me feel a little queasy - I didn't get it when I saw the numbers, but seeing the visual was like a slap in the face. And I wondered how I had packed on all these pounds - there is a big part of the answer. More learning - empty empty calories, just like that empty bottle.
5. Reading the success stories - so motivational - I think I have read almost all of them now and have visited countless Spark pages that I never would have seen. I love reading the stories and then visiting the members page to see that they are still going strong. It keeps me going b/c if I am honest, I have real doubts that I can do this. Maybe reading these daily will help push these doubts to the background.
6. Greek yogurt ROCKS! I can't believe what a protein punch it packs. Getting enough protein had been an issue for me, but adding this has been fantastic. 18 grams of protein and 0 fat in the beautiful one I have been eating. I have been mixing it with oats in the evening, putting in the fridge overnight, adding some fruit in the morning and voila - a brilliant, quick, ready-made breakfast.
So my learning continues.
Thanks for stopping by. Any learnings you would like to share?