It happened so quickly...I started out strong and confidant...
First glance: approx. 100 minutes of cardio with 20-30 strength minutes weekly. My diet- whatever I wanted within reason. The goal was 1550 cals daily but if I kept it at 190ish I was okay with it. Junk food was fine occasionally- maybe once a week.
Mind Set: “I got this- I can do the gym every other day, I have more energy, my clothes are starting to fall off as the inches do. I see non-scale victories daily; only one lb per week but that’s okay because I can sustain this lifestyle!”
Intellectualization and Rationalization:
When I began creeping up on 2100 calories daily I rationalized “I’m working out pretty hard compared to usual.” “The cardiologist suggested I cut my calories back by ten percent at a time so this is okay.” “I don’t feel hungry or deprived at 2100.”
Diet Shift: When the 1900-2100 cals became kettle chips, pizza and wings, ice cream, donuts, pastries, Easter candy, _______________ fill-in-the-blank; I lost the non scale victories. I began feeling sluggish (must be the virus that everyone is getting) and I was skipping meals trying to accommodate the nightly calories.
Destructive Thinking- what is the difference if I go to the gym tonight? I’m tired, I’ve been working hard, my emotions are in check…”Forget swimming, it’s too tiring walking that far to the pool” (chuckling over that one!),” I don’t need to strength train THREE times a week”, “ I’ll cut back from 35 minutes of cardio to 30…25…23…”
End Result: Weight gain! Stress! Slug! Unhealthy mentality! BACKSLIDING!
THIS occurred over a two week period of time. FRIGHTENING how quickly the old habits can creep in and DOMINATE.
those old habits back to the road.
myself to make out my weekly meal plans this morning.
will be a part of my daily life.
will be a part of my life 3-4x weekly, with at least 90 minutes of cardio per week, 30 min of strength per week, and at least 30 minutes of swimming each week.
No more backsliding for this gal