One year later
Monday, July 07, 2014
I am starting my second year at Spark People. I am 25 pounds less than I was on July 6, 2013, ....31 pounds lower than my highest weight. That is the good news. The bad news is that I weigh the same as I did on November 12, 2013. I seemed like I was stuck in a forever plateau, then the holidays, my mother in law's death, and my mother's illness just made me lose focus. It became easier to justify not measuring my portions, cutting back on my fitness minutes, and generally eating quick to prepare foods, rather than having healthy foods become my focus. Because of gluten free, fast food restaurants were never an issue, but grab and go mentality was still there.
My first 6 months wasn't necessarily easy, but I was making steady progress, seeing results. I got over confident, I think. I had even been getting 2 hours of workouts spread throughout the day. Life then got in the way, and I realized that between shopping for healthy gluten free foods, workouts, prepping the foods, it was more time consuming than I was prepared to maintain on a daily basis. So, I ended up with more 'rest' days. Then as I quit prepping my own foods, my diet rarely was in fat range because it was too high, and rarely was in protein range because it was too low. Water? So often, I was either on the road to go to Mom's nursing home, or not to be near a rest room that I cut back on water till I got back home. Then, it was too close to bedtime, and I don't do well getting back to sleep after a night time trip.
So, whether these are reasons, or excuses doesn't matter. What does matter is that I regained 11 pounds. Yes, I broke the plateau, but not in a good way. I notice the weight came off me all over, but it went back on my belly. I am no longer as graceful as I was at my lowest weight, nor as strong. That also crept up on me. Last week I was going to have a super healthy meal, checked my cupboard, and I was all out of 'food.' Oh, I had low nutrient stuff in the cupboard, but if I don't plan and shop for healthy foods, it will not appear magically.
I must rededicate!