Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I didn't make my usual end of the year entry because this was the first year in about 12 years I did not lose a pound. On. Jan. 1 I had actually gained all the weight back that I lost during the first half of last year. I just wasn't sure what was going on with me in those last few months of 2013. I followed my low carb-healthy fat-protein day with the high carb and protein days, but as time wore on, I quit tracking my foods and began winging it. Then I accepted a new traveling job in December and gave January notice at my old job so had a lot of loose ends to tie up there so I'm sure some of that stress made it harder for me. However, I was most horrified on feeling like I was going back to old thinking of that all or nothing and felt that dieting type mentality coming back into my life. "Oh, I will start the diet tomorrow" or "I am being bad and eating such and such". As soon as I get into that type of thinking of bad foods versus good, I crave what I consider bad. I disappointed myself but am using it for a learning experience and am ready to get back on track with all these new things I learned about myself.
One thing I was excited about was my increase in my weight-lifting exercises. My husband just commented last night that he could feel a muscle in my arm that had never been there before. There is a great free website www.bodybuilding.com where you can put in your gender and what you want to do and pick from numerous exercise plans from various trainers. They also have small videos on every weightlifting exercise so you can see how to do it. I am also up to walking 3 minutes and 2 minutes of jogging for 25 minutes. I need to be more regular with that.
I have decided to go back to tracking my meals and getting them entered before I eat it. It really helps keep me on track to have it all mapped out and I am working from home the next couple of weeks at least so will be able to keep my meals all made at home. I have decided I also need to get away from the cycling and the one day a week which is a eat anything day. I am taking several great things I learned while on the diet though. I am staying with the five meals a day because that is great and keeps my blood sugar level. I also am staying with more protein that I used to have. I am going to have most my carbs during the first half of the day and I am going to reduce the amount of wheat carbs and instead get it through beans and other grains like oatmeal. On meals where I have carbs, I will cut back on fats and vice versa. But I am not going to say any food is off limits. I am going to track calories and see how it goes. If my weight won't drop like before, then I might have to go back but right now I think this is a more healthier mentally for me to try. I'm not going to have "eat anything" days. If I am craving something, I will just work it into my calories and rather than go hog wild, hopefully keep my portions of pizza in check.