Friday, July 19, 2013
So far, the round is going pretty well for me. I've had my ups and downs -- gains and losses-- but I've lost a little over 6-7 pounds since the start of the round, about a pound a week. I know I could have done more but given my current weight and current goal, I feel this is eminently respectable. I'm 3.4 pounds away from being obese no more and I'm certain I can reach this goal before the end of the round! I'll need to lose another 8.4 pounds to meet my goal for the round, tough but still conceivably doable.
Still, it hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows. June was exceptionally rocky. I started using this narrative of "It's summer, time to live it up." My nutrition took a hit. I was drinking more. I skipped 3 or 4 workouts.
Still, my plan has never failed me. When I eat the way I should and attend my regularly scheduled work outs, I lose weight. When I start slipping in extra little treats, eating out, drinking with friends and binging on almond butter, I don't.
My biggest roadblock, then, is not practical but rather mental. I have my life set-up for maximum success but if I'm not in the right frame of mind, I undermine my own success. With that in my mind, here are the changes I plan on making for the rest of the round:
1) No justifications. In the past few month, I've rationalized a lot of bad behavior. Sure, I can have chocolate, I have PMS. It's not so bad that I ate half a jar of almond butter in two days --it's the healthy fat, right?
As long as I can rationalize my behavior, I'll keep doing it. For example, tomorrow night I'm having dinner with my family. I could use this as an excuse to order cocktails and dessert, eat fried foods, etc. But I won't justify it to myself by saying "it's a celebration!" I need to remember that the weekends are no different from the weekdays.
2) No skipping workouts without cause. A few times, I cancelled workouts just to hang out with my husband. Our schedules are very different and when I work out in the evenings, sometimes I miss him. But that's okay. It all evens out eventually. As tempting as it may be to cuddle in front of the TV, I don't need to cancel a work out to do so.
3) Moderation in social drinking. I've come a long way with my drinking. I don't drink during the week, I don't have a glass of wine during meals at home. I've cut out thousands of calories in alcohol. However, when I get together with friends, it is tough to drink moderately. A glass of wine or two won't ruin my progress. But several glasses of wine at dinner followed by several cocktails with dancing will (even with the calories burned through dancing!). It's fine when it's just my husband and I. Last weekend we went to a dinner and a concert and I had a glass of wine with dinner and a cocktail at the show and was fine. But big social gatherings seem to unleash my inner frat boy. I'm still working on this one. But for the rest of the round, I will endeavor to be moderate when drinking socially.