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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Last year, I had a lot of success at the beginning of the year with tracking my food. About half way through the year, though, I started getting lazy. I would often track breakfast and lunch and then leave off dinner, skip weekend days, etc. During the summer when my activity level was really high, I still lost weight, but it started to slow down and by the time I hit October, I stalled. After a fairly steady 1-2 lb/week loss for the first part of the year, taking me from obese class II to merely overweight, my weight has been +/- the same three pounds since October.

Fortunately, everything I learned about portion control and choosing the right foods from the first 9 months of the year stuck well enough that I didn't gain -- even over the holidays. However, I am JUST under the "overweight" BMI for my height, and I know if I am ever going to get anywhere close to "normal" BMI, I need to do better.

(As a side note: I am realistic about BMI and know that what is more important is to find a healthy weight I can maintain rather than just focusing on that single number, but based on my body type I think I can get close).

Last week I managed to track every day, and even made myself track on Saturday when I was feeling kind of miserable. That day, I went 800 calories over my daily goal (I did not get in any exercise that day and was feeling cruddy after staying up half the night with a sick child). It was good to see, though, on one of my worst days, just how much I went over. It was also good to see how many days I didn't go over at all. With all that tracking, I lost 1.5 lb last week.

So, now that I am back in the habit of tracking every bite, this week I AM going to stay in my calorie range every day. Hopefully I can kick start my loss again for real. I have a pair of size 10 pants that I bought months ago thinking I would fit them by winter -- well, winter still has a few months left so I think I can do it!
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