Frustration and Realization
Thursday, October 11, 2012
So, I had my 3rd week with the EXACT same weigh-in (2nd week with no loss). I'm getting frustrated and feeling hopeless about this journey.
I am a numbers, data, statistics person. I work in accounting and love formulas, algebra, long division, and excel. So, I decided to put the numbers to work to figure out WHAT was going on.
So, I took the data from Sparkpeople (calories consumed & calories burned), and I put everything into an excel table. I weigh in on Wednesdays, so I used Wednesday-Tuesday (day before weigh in) and compared the data to weight loss mon my weigh in day (the following Wednesday).
Here is what I found:
1. The week that I lost 3.8 pounds, I had burned the most calories in that week (1488 total, average 212.5714), and I had eaten the least amount of calories (10,358 total, average 1479.71429).
2. I thought I had burned the most calories last week, which would put me at an advantage for my weigh in this week. Turns out it was one of the LOWEST weekly numbers (1374 total, 196.2857 average).
SO, here is my NEW plan of attack:
1. Ensure that my weekly calorie average is no higher than 1450.
2. Ensure that I burn at least 1400 calories during my weekly work outs.
3. Limit processed crap.
4. Eliminate refined sugars until 10/24 (have a wedding to go to).
I'm going to see if this helps to make a difference. I am really hoping so! I might be at a disadvantage for the next weigh in because I've already made poor choices and may have set myself back.
Yesterday was my "free day" - and I went kind of crazy with the food. I was feeling depressed, hopeless, and frustrated - and I used food as a crutch. Additionally, instead of getting my workout and burning my 250-300 calories, I was sick and did not work out at all.
Today, I started the day with the right attitude, but gave up around 9 and began to feel extremely defeated and depressed again. I once again chose food as my comfort and then got the whole "I screwed the whole day I might as well keep going" mentality thing going and made a poor choice for lunch as well. ALSO, because of aforementioned illness, I have to work until at least 8pm tonight (13 hour day) - so I'm not really thinking a workout is going to happen. Although, maybe I can do some of the fitness videos and get a workout in that way. It's not a walk, or a run, but something is better than nothing, right?
Tomorrow, I'm going to make healthy food choices. I have to drop my car off at the tire place tomorrow at 6:45 am, to be in to work at 7am. cause the day is full - have to get in to work by 7, no lunch break because I have to leave by 3 in order to get home, pack up the car, and head out to the beach for the weekend (with my family), I'm concerned about getting a work out in.
I am hoping to get to the beach no later than 6 AND that the weather forecast is wrong (calling for rain all day), in which case I can go on a long walk on the beach! The sun will still be up and I can get some fitness in! I just need to be creative. If I can't do that - I'll take my laptop and try to do some fitness videos - once again, not a walk or a run, but better than nothing! I'll try to do the same on Saturday and Sunday.
Monday, I'll be back to my normal schedule and can get a run in. Tuesday, I have a long walk scheduled, and will try to add extra fitness minutes in then as well.
I will do my best to make healthy choices this weekend, and I will make healthy choices M and T as well.
I cannot undo what I have already done. I cannot go back and fix poor choices. I can only learn from my mistakes and move forward with good intentions.