This week has been a really great one for me in terms of my food and exercise, and a pretty crummy one otherwise. This weekend in particular has been really emotionally difficult and draining, but I'm proud to say I used yoga to get through it rather than food. I know things won't right themselves immediately, so I'm hoping I can keep working hard at making good decisions even when I'd rather focus on everything else. In the middle of hard times, it's really comforting to feel so truly proud of something.
With the beginning of a new month this week, I also began the one month countdown to my 30th birthday. Trying something completely new for me, I started a blog about that - a sort of all around self-improvement project I'm undertaking, and you're welcome to read along here: nextthirtydays.wordpress
. I'm hoping that I can continue to grow and focus as I try new things and work on solving problems in all areas of my life.
Despite my unexpectedly morose weekend, the really good news is that I continue to lose weight. I've now officially lost 10 pounds since starting low carb, which is pretty incredible. To basically lose nothing for 2.5 months, and then lose 10 pounds in 2.5 weeks... it's a mental shift for sure. I know that I'll plateau again in the future, but I'm hopeful that I'll be able to endure and keep trying things like I did this last time. I'm pretty proud that I never gave up.
Finally, to round out the 3 part series, here's a glimpse of what I ate yesterday. Because of everything going on, I really didn't have much of an appetite, so food kind of became whatever was available or easy to eat, but like I said, I still stuck with low carb friendly choices!
- Coffee and Vitamins (these two are standard each day, though I'm pretty sure I've failed to mention them so far - I only have one cup of coffee a day, and except on rare occasions of diet soda treats, this is the only caffeine I have each day)
- 1 egg over easy
- Chicken Salad (made the same as the other day- 3 oz of chicken with mayo, celery, onion)
- 2 cups salad mix
- 1.5 cup Broccoli with a little smart balance
- Steak 5oz
- Atkins peanut butter cup
- Steak bites
My calorie total was unusually low for me yesterday at around 1100. Like I said, I just had no appetite all day, and especially early in the day, eating was an act of forcing myself to fuel my body more than anything else. I'm still not especially hungry today, but I'm able to eat a little more, which is good.
I generally like keeping my calorie intake at 1400-1800, but I'm not too strict about that with the low carb diet. I do find that 1800 calories of low carb foods are about all I can handle in a day, so staying under that mark is pretty easy. I don't like going under 1400 often because my daily calorie expenditure is so much higher than that, I don't want to risk my body turning to lean body tissue for fuel... I'd much rather keep it feeding on my fat, thank you very much.
Overall, in a funny way, this week gives me real hope. To know that last weekend I spent family vacation making my own food and sticking to my diet, and then to know that this weekend, I spent a time of emotional awfulness sticking to my diet and using exercise to calm myself is pretty empowering. I see myself truly making a life of this ... I don't see this as a short term thing - I see it as taking control of my health and my body, and I feel TRULY good about it.
Being able to endure special occasions and bad days gives me real hope that I'm overcoming my emotional eating and gives me real faith that I can do this for the long haul. Whatever the reasons I'm learning these things about myself, I'm truly grateful that I am.