Week 4: lessons learnt
Saturday, March 12, 2011
So many this week and I'm sure I've missed some too.
1. Meal planning for a whole week is not for me.
It's just too restrictive and dull. However it's much better than previous weeks when I would get home and somehow find a way to stay within the calories I had left for dinner and evening snacks. I guess this will be easier as I keep learning more about the calories in things so I can make judgements as I go rather than only at the end of the day.
2. Packed lunches are definitely not for me.
There was no actual benefit to it and while I was preparing, I just wanted to eat it then and there!
3. I must set myself a goal for my birthday weekend.
There'll be lots of food, alcohol and definitely cake so I'm going to plan to not be disappointed if keep within a certain weight gain. I'll decide what it is nearer the time, but I'm definitely going to do this after reading ASHLEY1977T's blog about the 5lb promise.
4. I still don't eat enough protein.
Even with meal plans I found this one really difficult. Apart from eggs I just haven't found anything that's particularly high in protein relative to the calories. Ideally I need snacks that I can just top up with but even nuts and cheese just seem to load up too much on fat without getting anywhere useful on the protein.
5. I need to change my exercise plan to shorter and more often.
Somehow I missed the part about aiming to do cardio 6 days a week. I'm working up to this now and if it looks sustainable will change my plan to shorter, more frequent cardio. Then it'll up my calorie level, yay! I don't want to jump straight in because whenever I've tried to lose weight before I'll do to much at once and burn out. This is most definitely going to be a slow start, heading for the long-term.
6. This website is not just functional, it's human too.
The more people I encounter, the better it gets. Everyone wants the same goal and yet everyone knows how hard it is.
It might be too early to tell, but for the first time in a long time I have a tiny inkling feeling that I might just get my old self back. I thought I was beginning to give up on the things more easily because I was getting older, but maybe it was all just a general lack of energy. Maybe I'll get my fight back somewhere along this journey.