Square one-ing the SP stuff...
Monday, March 19, 2012
I had to take the last week off of carb cycling and exercising because of my stupid germs...and I used the time to do some thinking about my fitness goals. When I started using SP last May, I just wanted to lose some weight. I didn't care how much or how quickly...I just had this burning need to do SOMETHING about the ever increasing number on the scale. When I started, I did EXACTLY what SP recommended...logged all of my food, ate to their caloric ranges, read articles, etc. It worked WELL for the first 7 months...and then I hit the wall. Not so much a lack of improvement in fitness...but a stop to the downward decline of the scale. A normal, healthy part of weight loss...but highly irritating nonetheless. So I started playing with my ranges, exercises, diet, etc. and while I've learned a TON of good stuff...I've also been driving myself slowly insane in trying to make all of the conflicting information/opinions balance.
This last week I've decided...I'm over it. There is no way to make everyone/everything agree...I've tried and failed. :) I"ve come to the conclusion that I'm overthinking the bejezus out of the whole weight loss/healthy living thing, and it's sucking every last bit of fun out of it for me. Instead of working out because I like it, I'm doing it because I want to hit a 2,000+ cal/day burn. Instead of enjoying my meals, I'm obsessing about nutrition content. And I HATE it. Instead of reading for entertainment, I'm trying to assess every word in print about health and fitness. It's just not healthy, and I'm DONE DOING IT!!
New plan for myself: simplify, simplify, simplify.
Long term goal: Get out of the obese category and into the overweight category (which for me is under 207).
Short term goals:
1. Log food, eat to SP's base ranges for the next week. (Meaning, I'm not going to account for extra exercising or anything in my caloric ranges). See what it does for this plateau.
2. Stop obsessing about nutritional perfection. There is no such thing.
3. Workout when I feel like it and only because it is fun...no schedules, no rules, no training. I'm just going to be active because I like it when I want to do it.
Having a little time off from SP has made me realize that I've turned this journey to a healthier lifestyle into a chore...and it's making me not want to do it. So I'm hitting this back at square one and I'm going to try to refind the joy in this journey!!
Editing to include short term goal #4--stop comparing my progress to that of others. It doesn't actually matter if I lose more or less than anyone else...it's not a contest, it's a journey and I've been forgetting this lately!!