Cleaning it up
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
For the past 2 months I've really been struggling with losing weight. Don't get me wrong the first 70lbs were hard work too but for some reason no matter what I try the scale is moving down at a snails pace now. My workouts seem more difficult to get through despite being a fairly similar exertion level as before and trying to cook healthy has become an absolute chore. I still have about 70lbs to go before goal weight so why is my body rejecting my efforts and plateau-ing now?? It has really been getting under my skin and derailing my efforts.
Well I think my problem is that I lost focus, would let myself enjoy an extra ounce of pasta, and a few extra pretzels and another bite of that sweet treat, etc. It all adds up and yes I stay in my calorie range but really the calories I'm eating have decreased in nutritonal value and increased in processed junk! So perhaps the lesson is not to eat less but to eat smart. So I'm going to make a pledge to myself to start eating a cleaner diet, minimize the sugar and increase the vegetables (my arch nemesis). I read somewhere that diet was 80% of the battle in losing weight and exercise was the other 20%. So if I don't clean up the diet I'm only doing myself a disservice, slowing my own pace and poisoning my own body.
There is still that 20% however... what to do about exercise, which used to be a stress reliever and easy to get through but is now a cruel form of punishment. I'm hypothesizing that maybe the increase of processed food is making me more lethargic so I'm hoping that I will see my energy return in the next few weeks. But regardless I'm still going to push through those 40 minutes of cardio 4x a week. I have come too far to give up now, and I feel a million times better than I did 70 lbs ago so I can only imagine how amazing it will be in another 70.