Making Up Ground

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Well. Today I finally made myself get back on the scale, something I haven't done in over a month. The news was bitter but not surprising - 188.0. That means I've gained a little less than three pounds since the end of June. As expected I'm a bit upset with myself, but hopefully I can gain some ground this time and make that final push towards goal weight (and maybe even get out of the 180's, like, finally).

Yesterdays calories ended at 1608, which is 58 calories higher than my max. I'm kind of upset with myself because I ate about 844 calories when I got home after work when I was only planning on eating 400. I don't know if the Binge monster just crept up on me or I deprived myself of too many calories during the day or what, but bottom line I couldn't control myself very well when I got home. Mind you I didn't go overboard, but I was really relying on myself to keep it in the 1200-1300 calorie range for the second day in a row. Well. Nothing much I can do but do better today, right?

I've already plugged in my planned meals for today, which has me at about 878 calories when I get home from work. I'm going to try the whole "keep it at 400" plan again, and hoping that I add a Greek Yogurt snack between meals and up the protein and fiber will help me feel more satiated and in control.

As I expected, there was definitely a few curve balls waiting for me when I got into work yesterday - the biggest of which was a trainee! Haha apparently for the next two weeks I will be training a new hire to work in our center, and basically teach him EVERYTHING from scratch. There's six of us that are doing this, and it's thrown our normal work routine right out the window so far. It's definitely going to slow me down and keep my numbers low, but my trainee seems focused and willing to learn how to do things the right way, so I'll be happy if by the end of it he's a thorough, accurate, good worker. Hopefully today goes more smoothly.

Now that I'm really getting the ball back in motion health-wise, I'm really motivated to lose 8 pounds by September 1st and get into the 170s. That's about four weeks, two pounds a week, which is really, really aggressive. I know the only way I'm going to be able to do that and break this months' long plateau is to be absolutely dedicated to the 1200-1300 calorie range, and - of course! - increase my physical activity and exercise levels. I know that if reaching my weight goal really means something to me, I'll do what it takes to achieve it. First thing's first, though - I've got to make up the ground I've lost and get back to my all-time low of 185-point-something. I should have that in the bag by the end of next week if I dedicated, right?

Well, here goes nothing! I hope all of you are having a great Tuesday so far!
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    I know that you can do anything you put your mind to, and I'm here to back you up every step of the way.

    Reading your blogs is very encouraging for me. It's good to know a lot of the struggles I have aren't just happening to me. This is a long journey for both of us, and we will make it.
    1753 days ago
    Honestly, you shouldn't beat yourself up about being over by 58 calories. That's really not that much, and I've heard good things about calorie cycling anyways. I know that personally after a few days of staying between 1200-1300 calories my body is craving more, and I end up eating more whether I want to or not because my body just needs it. The trick is to avoid turning it into a massive binge (which I've been horrible at lately), but it sounds like you did a stellar job of doing just that.

    I know it's annoying to hear, but a three pound weigh gain really isn't all that much, and considering how much our body weights fluctuate on a daily basis, you might not really have gained that weight at all. A lot of it could be bloating. In any case, don't be too hard on yourself. If you can lose 8 pounds by September 1st, great! If not, that's okay too. You're right, 2 pounds a week is pretty aggressive, and the lower your weight gets, the harder it is to come off. Just persevere, and I know you will get there, even if it takes a little longer! You've come so far already, don't forget that!

    Sorry to hear about all your extra work related stress. At least your trainee sounds like he's willing to learn. I hope today goes more smoothly for you!
    1754 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    Remember that there is a BIG difference between a DECISION and a COMMITMENT. God Bless YOU! Vic.
    1754 days ago
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