Disappointed, but Moving On ... A Lesson in Perspective
Monday, August 15, 2016
I knew three pounds per week would not be sustainable. I knew seven pounds in two weeks was a freaking miracle. I knew it would slow down. I know how my body is, and how it reacts, and that there would be a pause and that's when I always get frustrated and eat junk food because 'it doesn't matter anyway.'
And yet, here I am, incredibly disappointed that I *only* lost half a pound in week #3. Right on track in my never ending cycle of weight loss and gain.
But you know what? It's still a loss. And this is that point (albeit earlier than I imagined) where my body starts to catch on to what I'm doing and cling for dear life to all the calories. And I know from the past that this stage might linger for a few weeks. But eventually it'll cave to my will.
The trick is ALWAYS outlasting that stage and not throwing in the towel.
So I did some analysis and realized I averaged 1520 calories/day. My goal is 1200-1500 and realistically with the boot camp and amount of exercise I do 1500 is good for me. I'm also averaging about 16% of my calories from protein, which is lower than intended.
SO. I'm back on low-fat dairy since it's an easy way to up the protein. I'm shooting for 20-25% protein and lower carbs, and *under* 1500 calories per day. If I can manage to be closer to 1400 I think that would be better. I've bought string cheese and cottage cheese and greek yogurt for snacks.
I'm also starting to explore feeding myself again after this Nutrisystem plan ends. (I have month #2 on its way shortly. I think I'll order month #3 but start to do it more like ~3 days per week and phase in real food the rest of the week.)
I'm going to be vegetarian for now. Maybe I'll go back to vegan eventually, but protein is always lower and maybe it's just not working for my weight loss plans.
Down (half a pound) but not out!