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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Not that I've entirely left but experiencing more of a motivational "plateau." You know how it goes, you still record your fitness minutes and everything you eat, well most of what you eat, well quite a bit of what you eat. OK, the truth is little "cheats" are occurring on a daily basis.

Boredom with the whole "get fit and lose weight" process has set in. On the positive side, haven't really gained any weight beyond the holiday two pounds, but can't seem to shake them permanently either. Have upped the cardio by 30 minutes a week and added 20 minutes of video strength building four days a week. Nah, I'm not really building muscle - was in decent shape before and, from a fitness perspective, not notably more fit after 4 weeks of the increased cardio and strength training.

I'm giving myself credit for still working out and not completely giving up on watching what I eat but I know that I can't lose weight unless I keep the daily calories between 12-1300; weight gain starts between 16-1800 even while still working out. Shoot.

Now that my husband has decided he wants to start losing weight it is even harder - because every time he gets discouraged he wants to go out to eat. With me being so borderline right now, it is easy to go along with him. We've had the conversation where I've shared the "I barely have enough willpower for myself, sorry sweetie, I don't have enough for both of us."

While I can share that in my blog, I reckon I will have to take a more active role in supporting his goal and that means subtly modifying his food options. We've talked this through before where I'll make whatever I was planning from a healthy perspective for myself and just make sure there is an abundance of protein for him to have additional portions of - he is a true carnivore. What I'm noticing is he doesn't eat a lot of veggies and will take larger portions of pasta or whatever starch is accompanying dinner along with large portions of protein. He says he likes what I'm making (lower fat, more veggies) but he wants to eat out more. Coincidence? I think not.

We've even talked about the notion that even the idea of "watching what we eat" makes us feel deprived even if we're eating exactly what we like! Weird huh? Feeling deprived triggers snacking. Argh.

This post is mainly just venting; I'm creating this week's menu shortly and it will include eating out once or twice but one of those meals will be breakfast (and he has opted to substitute fruit for breakfast potatoes - says he actually likes this choice more now that he's done it a few times). I've gradually been emptying the pantry of snacks either of us has a problem with portion control on and adding options that satisfy the desire for crunchy or salty (pretzels), sweet (chocolate chips in small container - larger one stored in inconvenient location in garage) and graham crackers.

I'm driving to get 200 fitness minutes between now and the end of the month - that will satisfy my fitness goal of 1100 minutes for the month. I won't have hit the weight goal of 145 but I'll be closer. February's goal will be adjusted, weight wise, so that I don't get discouraged by trying to "make up" for January's lack of weight progress.

We really are focused on making lifestyle changes and agree that even though the weight loss will be slower (yeah, we've done the yo yo thing) we're staging to be successful at maintenance. And successful maintenance of healthy and weight and fitness levels is our real goal.
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