Wednesday, March 05, 2014
So, I can't ever really get a straight answer (maybe you all can help) but is it normal to be losing weight this slowly lol?? It's like 4-5 pounds a month which honestly is discouraging a bit. Mainly because I saw myself as a fit and happy 150 by the start of summer, but at this rate it'll be more like towards the end of summer... Either way, it's nice to finally see 175. I swear I was at 179 for years. It can be hard to keep going when you see the scale barely moving. And I can admit, I haven't been an angel. When I first began I wouldn't deviate from my plan even an inkling. Now? Not so much. I've given up trying to do the whole "no carbs no sugar" thing. I want this to be natural/normal. Granted, I don't eat white bread, pasta, or rice but I love bread and can't see giving it up completely. I try to stay away from pasta and rice as much as possible because bread is my favorite of the evils and I just don't really crave pasta or rice. I eat it so seldom that when I do have it, I don't even stress. Bread is another story. Sugar too. I just want to have what I want when I want it. I try to level with myself. One day I really wanted pizza, and I mean really wanted it. I also wanted dessert. So I went to a pizza BUFFET, had the lightest pizza they had (87 calories per their website) and THREE pieces of dessert. I felt a little guilty, but I just balanced the rest of my day and that was it for the pizza craving! It no longer looms over my head.
One of the biggest lessons in this process is that deprivation is counter productive. I know the message is every where, eat the things you love in moderation but that's really it. If it feels like a diet, for me at least, I can maintain it for a while but not for long. I'm 26. There are many foods that I love and want to enjoy. Eliminating entire food groups (carbs) or having forbidden foods just isn't practical for my life. I guess that's the reason I'm losing 4-5 pounds per month as opposed to 8-10. But I am also enjoying my favorites on occassion (and sometimes a little more often than occassional) but I bargain with myself. A few pieces of something. Maybe half and trash the rest. One day I really wanted a honey bun. I tore off a few pieces and immediately trashed the rest, I didn't even take it back to my desk at work. I'll grab a few pinches of chips, put the bag back and move on. Craving solved and no real harm for my efforts.
Again, my weight loss journey is a roller coaster. Some weeks I feel like it's barely moving. Some weeks I may notice a bigger loss than normal. No gains though! I want to be in this for the long haul. I guess on a life long journey some bumps in the road are normal right??