Week 2 – Calorie Deficit

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Date: June 26
Goal Weight: 183
Actual weight:185.2
Previous week: 184.6
Change: +0.6

What is there to say? Just looking at the numbers can be depressing. What do I think is the cause of the lack of change? Maybe water weight/ bloating due to female hormones (wink wink ;-) and some very bad food decisions last week. Am I upset, no not really as I am trying to focus on long term changes and be accountable for my choices. Also the watching the daily movement has been instructive.

Last week my back issue became much worse and I had to go to the doctor, who prescribed some strong pain killers and muscle relaxants. He also asked that I rest for a couple of days. Hence a very sedentary week and no exercise until today. Added to that, I have been having some difficulty timing my thyroid medicine as I am trying to split the dosage due to the heart flutters when I take the full amount in the morning. It is for me difficult to get an empty stomach by 4 pm when I am due to take it. I hope this week will be better as that is a much bigger issue than a few pounds. I will be working to eat lunch before 1:00pm so that I can take my second dosage at 4:00pm.

So what about those bad food decisions... I didn’t track all last week although I ate pretty much the same food I ate the previous week other than Thursday and Saturday and I ate a chocolate on Monday. My bad food decisions really relate to the dreaded curry chicken and rice and beans. I tried to measure the rice and beans so as to limit myself to only one cup but Saturday I just ate out of the container and I ate the lot. (I buy a small portion but that is still much more than I am allowed for one meal.) I am not able to calculate the calorie count for that but I am sure the coconut milk in the rice and peas and the added fat that restaurants put in food did not help. This week I will work to stay clean and eliminate the high density carbs. I also ate too many fruits and too many sweet ones e.g. bananas, cherries ( I ate a ½ lb of them in one sitting), mangoes etc. While this may be good the calorie count would be over the amount I am aiming for. This week I will limit my fruits to 2 a day and keep them to apples, oranges or grapefruit.

The analysis of the daily weight movement was quite useful as it registered significant swings. By Friday my weight was at the lowest at 183.2 however it started to creep up on Saturday and by Sunday it was 187.3. I almost cried but realised that it couldn’t all be fat. Lol. The numbers started to creep downward Monday and Tuesday and continued downward resulting in today’s weigh in.

Will I re-adjust m goal? No! I want to measure it over the next four weeks to see how it goes and maybe learn a little about my eating habits and how my body responds to a lower carb meal plan.

I know also that I can not only focus on the scale and that given that I have started back exercising (as of today and I have to sore thighs to prove it) the numbers will be an interesting ride.

On the positive note - NSV, my one tight size 14 dress is now looser and I cannot wear some of my size 14 slacks without pining them up. My size 12 slacks are also looser.


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