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Playing with the numbers

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I'm a kilogram heavier. There's no denying it now, especially as the Maintenance Challenge has my average quite firmly set there. I'm still within my weight range, but, I think it is now time for the reality check.

I say this because last night as I was tracking my food I was not happy with the numbers and instead of accepting them, I found myself denying them. I knew that my morning portion of milk was more than one glass, but I didn't put down two glasses, I left it at one so that my calorie intake would look less!! I saw that my dinner intake was over 1000 calories, so I started playing with the numbers - I couldn't accept that it was so high!!

This morning, when I jumped on the scale, it was up again. It makes sense. My total calories yesterday was 2400, 600 more than it should have been. I don't like that. I tell myself it's salt retention, or hormonal changes. But I need to be honest now. 6 months ago my weight did not jump up and down by half a kilogram every day. It was much more stable.

This game of denial is a familiar one, and when it comes to spark people, the only person that I'm lying to is myself. Nobody else sees my daily calorie intake, nobody else looks at the scale. Perhaps I don't feel it matters enough because nobody else is looking, or because it's just a kilogram, or because right now I'd much rather eat another piece of chocolate?

But it does matter. It matters to me and my self-esteem. Sometimes the hardest thing in the weight maintenance/ weight loss journey is understanding my own self worth and looking at myself with complete honesty in the mirror, or as in this particular case, when filling in my calorie tracker.

I need to be honest. Healthy weight maintenance is about what I eat, and although I've managed to maintain my exercise regimen since moving to Ireland, I've not been as disciplined with my food intake. I've struggled to resist the sweet treats and I've told myself it's okay because it helps me to feel better. No, I'm not eating an entire box of biscuits or chocolates like I did three years ago, but I am turning to it and then not acknowledging just how much food I'm eating later on. I'm denying the struggle, pretending it's not there.

So I'm getting back on the wagon. Humbly. Honestly.
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    Great analysis!
    It is good you recognized denial, acceptance of the facts and motivation to change emerge from this.
    One kg does not seem much, but I totally understand you are upset about it. When I'm consistently up 1 kg, it means I need to get more focused, and I usually don't like this prospect.
    1301 days ago
    There is an army phrase when someone isn't fully trying, "don't cheat yourself". I think all of us fudge the numbers here or there to some extent. It is hard to track down to every bite, lick and taste. I find that I don't have the energy to track that closely, until my weight starts to climb out of my maintenance range. The good news is, I know what to do, I just need the will power to do it and need to be honest with myself!

    Good luck!
    1304 days ago
    Great job on taking the reigns and for respecting yourself enough to see it before it gets out of control!
    1304 days ago
    Way to go. Great to see the truth. But also it's great that now you can enjoy a cookie and not want a whole package! Please celebrate that huge change!
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