Monday, October 15, 2012
After logging what I eat, boosting workouts and elliptical work for three weeks, being more mindful, I have lost ... drum roll please ... 1 pound. Sigh. However, as I keep reminding myself, when I've gradually added the pounds and returned to the land of size Large - a 12 pound difference between small/medium and large, and I once again stride down the spark path, the first 3 to 4 weeks is generally a time of little weight loss and much muscle gain.
It is good to remind myself that the muscle gained is what allows those pounds to start dropping around week 3 or 4. I think traditionally it's also been the time when more religion enters my food choices.
This time it is more complicated by getting married in August. The husband is not as motivated and while he is supportive of the workouts, he struggles with food choices and unfortunately makes it more difficult for me as well (cheeseburger and onion rings on the weekend - after dinner out the night before).
I'm keeping mindful of a piece of advice from a successful maintainer, don't adopt practices that you can't maintain in the long run. I suspect the main reason I have to go through this dieting process every two years is because I don't really change my life practices. This time I'm trying to keep that in mind - being very clear about what is temporary and designed to lose weight versus this is how it will be life-wise. Such good intentions :-)