How do you eat an elephant?
Thursday, April 18, 2013
One bite at a time.
How do you sustain a healthy lifestyle for long-term weighloss? One day/one meal/one healthy choice at a time.
What helps me sustain this momentum is to see my numbers in black & white. I need to see that even if the scale is not moving, I am at least in control of my healthy habits. I make sure that every day I burn at least what I eat if not more. Every day I track my caloric deficit so i know I am getting just a little bit closer and closer...one bite at a time.
I just got a new device - The Jawbone Up. I have been using my Body Bugg religiously for about 3-4 months now and I do notice some differences between the two devices that I am slowly getting used to. My Jawbone UP does not measure calories burned while i sleep (like my Body Bugg does/did). I miss that feature - it allowed me to think I could eat more.
The Jawbone up only measures calories burned while "I am active, during my awake hours". I am looking at that as a good thing instead of a bad thing. This is the point where I would usually get frustrated and give up. BUT, I am not giving up this time, I am trying to see how I can advance my healthy lifestyle (note: I did not write "diet") to incorporate this change. I am trying to eat a calorie range that is in my range of calories burned throughout the day and any calories I burn in my sleep are not counted toward my total calorie burn so they are bonus.
It has been challenging eating under 1800 calories per day when I am really burning about 2200-2300 daily just doing everyday activities (not including exercise).
I have also been struggling with my energy levels after having the stomach flu (which only lasted for 3 days but has affected my energy for 2 weeks now).
Despite the challenges, I am still working out regularly (however I can fit it in) and tracking my food intake and calories daily which is helping me. So, I feel I am in a good place even though the pounds are not flying off...they will come off just as the came on...S L O W L Y.
And if that's the pace I am comfortable with then that's fine by me!