A hard look.
Monday, July 11, 2011
I spent some time before this past week looking over my food logs, my bodybugg results. I couldn't figure out why the calories in/ calories out thing wasn't working.
I had CLEAR deficits, and yet my weight would tick up and down, the same 1-2 pounds week after week. I cannot tell you the level of fear, frustration, anxiety this caused me. Was my body unable to shed the pounds that ail me?
I had an honest look at my diet. Lots of processed foods, foods high in carbohydrates, not as much protein as I should eat. Not quite sure about my food log. Was I recording EVERY bite I ate? I knew I couldn't fix the problem with my diet plan if I wasn't taking a real, hard look at what I was putting in my body.
After looking over my food log, I decided to try dropping how many carbohydrates I was eating. 200 grams of carbohydrates a day was my average.
I know for ME, the carbs have to be the problem. 200 grams of carbs was too much, and the extra carbs my body didn't need were being stored as fat. Even though my body was eating less calories than I consumed, my body would NOT let go of the fat.
So, I have spent the last week REALLY CAREFULLY tracking my carbs, my calories. No extra bites here and there. I tried to keep my calories about 1400, my carbs around 100. I have already noticed some changes. My rings fit looser. My favorite pants fit better. I don't feel hungry. I feel less moody. I am tempted to break my goal of not weighing for a month and doing a weigh in tomorrow to see if the changes I have implemented are turning me in the right direction.
Sometimes, getting stuck on the journey requires a hard look at the direction on the path we are headed. Sometimes we are making the trip harder than it needs to be. The answers are here for us to find, we just have to keep looking.....