Huh. All that Mumbo Jumbo Works.
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
What's the standard advice for losing weight?
1. Track your food.
2. Up your exercise.
3. Lower your calories.
And whaddya know, it works!
Some people can get away with not tracking. I ... am apparently not one of them.
It's been just over two weeks since I've (re)started tracking every calorie I stuff into my face and started Nutrisystem. And I'm down 6 pounds as of Sunday. Losing three pounds in a week is basically unheard of for me. Hell I'm lucky to lose three pounds in a month, usually, and that's when I'm trying.
I haven't particularly changed the exercise part of my routine. I go to boot camp, I walk the dogs, I run on the weekends. That's been pretty standard for a long time. For me, it all comes down to food.
And heyyyyyyyy, turns out they're right. If I track my food and keep it nutritious and under 1500 calories per day, I can lose weight! I suspect the speed will slow down pretty soon, because my body will adjust and cling to every calorie for dear life, but if I push through, keep tracking, keep choosing vegetables over cookies, it will continue. I don't even care how long it takes to get the weight off, as long as it continues on a downward trajectory.
I'm already bored with the Nutrisystem food - at least the dinners. It's basically the same four ingredients over and over and over and over again. Do I want a margherita pizza, a flatbread pizza, a thick crust pizza, cheese tortellini, or cheese ravioli today? IT DOESN'T MATTER, IT'S ALL THE SAME! ;)
But I've committed to this for two months. I can handle some boredom for awhile until I get some weight off. Right now I'm thinking of ordering month three, but making it stretch over 2+ months while I incorporate more of my own meals. I have to relearn how to make healthy, portion-appropriate meals for myself. So maybe I'll do NS dinners 2-3 days a week instead of 7. I have time to figure that all out. (The breakfasts and lunches don't feel as monotonous for some reason.)