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My mind was playing tricks on me...not anymore.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A couple days ago I was thinking about why I wasn't losing weight. I told myself (and believed) I was eating about 300 calories less a day and was burning about 1,000 calories a week through exercise. I figured I would be losing at least half a pound a week. IWhen my coworkers would talk about wanting to lose weight I felt proud that I had a plan in place and was following it. Convincing myself that I have been doing this since mid September and I should have lost about 11 pounds by now. My Sparkpeople weightloss shows 7 pounds lost. Don't get me wrong-I am very glad that I have lost 7 pounds, but am aggravated with myself for not being stricter. The way my mind works, it started calculating all these scenarios. If only I had lost a pound a week I would be down 22 pounds or a pound and a half and I would have lost 34. Sometimes I make myself nuts with always second guessing everything! LOL. After a quick look back at the calories I have been eating over the last month the truth is revealed. Most days I was only eating about 100 calories less and then overeating other days. I did stick to my exercise goals though.

When I started this approach back in September, I thought I would slowly get used to eating less and after a few months cut back a little more and exercise more. About 2 weeks ago I decided to strictly adhere to 2,000 calories a day or less and burning at least 1,750 calories a week. I created a calorie balance sheet in Excel for myself to see what the negative (hopefully) balance is at the end of each week. Week 1 was 2,300 calories less and week 2 2,650 less. This past week I have been striving to reach 12,000 steps a day. You know what...I have more energy since walking more. Today I exercised a bunch and feel fantastic! I found my all time favorite workout on youtube today, Donna Richardson's Donnamite. I had this VHS tape about 10 years ago and don't have it anymore. It's amazing that after doing the video for about 5 minutes I remembered the choreography. It is such a fun video! I was only able to make it half way through today, but I plan to keep working at it. I am excited to weigh in next week to see how much progress I have made the last 2 weeks. I am so glad to have this website to use and keep me on track.
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